This is by a daughter of a murdered couple in Raytown who had a Bible and Bookstore on
Just one more example:
When I had to testify at the murder trial of my parents a week ago, I was asked to raise my right hand. The bailiff started out "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?"
I stood there and waited but she said nothing. She said "Do you?" I was so stunned I blurted out "What happened to "so help me God'?" She came back with "Do you?" I replied yes, but I was perplexed. Then the judge said "you can say that if you want to." I stopped, raised my right hand, and finished with "So help me God!" I told my son and daughter that when it came time for them to testify, they should do the same. It's no wonder we have so many problems in this country. If I'd had my wits about me I'd have told them that taking God out of the courtroom is only going to result in more criminals and murderers like him being in there! I don't know what can be done about it, but it's time we stepped up and did something.
[Collected via e-mail, January 2010]
Just like Dalton McGuinty wanting to keep the 'Lord's Prayer' out of The Ontario Legislature, for the same reasons. What a gutless wonder he has turned out to be.
This is by a daughter of a murdered couple in TORONTO who had a Bible and Bookstore on Bloor Street.
When I had to testify at the murder trial of my parents a week ago, I was asked to raise my right hand. The bailiff started out, 'Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the truth?
I stood there and waited but she said nothing more. She said, 'Do you?' I was so stunned I blurted out, 'What happened to 'so help me God?' She came back with 'Do you?' I replied yes, but I was perplexed. Then the judge said, 'You can say that if you want to.' I stopped, raised my right hand and finished with 'so help me God!' I told my son and daughter that when it came time for them to testify, They should do the same. It's no wonder we have so many problems in this country. If I'd had my wits about me, I'd have told them that taking God out of the courtroom is only going to result in more Criminals and murderers like him being in there. I don't know what can be done about it, but it's time we stepped up and did something.
CBC this morning had a poll on this question. They had the highest number of responses that they have ever had for one of their polls and the percentage was the same as this: 86% to keep the words; 14% against. That is a pretty commanding public response. I was asked to Send this on if I agreed or delete if I didn't. Now it is your turn. It is said that 85% of CANADIANS believe in God. Why don't we just tell the 14% to sit down and SHUT UP!
If you agree, pass it on. If not, you know where that friendly little ol' delete button is. Now, decide whether to delete or pass it on.
Variations:   A January 2010 Canadianized version of the "So help me God"
Origins: Often titled "Agree or Delete" or "In God We Trust," this story has been circulating on the Internet since December 2004. It is an odd piece to classify in that the wrong murder has been attached to someone else's story.
Raytown, Missouri, has a population of 30,000 and lies about
However, news accounts referred to the Caylors as having three sons but made no mention of any daughter. Moreover, although there had been an arrest in the case, at the time this piece was circulating the suspect had yet to be tried. All of this made the linking of this
In fact, this item was part of an
Bernice was found in the same trailer with multiple stab wounds. She lay dead on a bed in the back of the trailer and was nude except for one sock. A nightgown and female underwear with a knot tied in it lay on the floor next to the bed. Additionally, pieces of a porcelain toilet tank lid were found underneath her. Dr. Melamud testified that Bernice incurred a total of fifty-six cut or stab wounds, many of which on her right arm he opined to be defensive. Her jugular vein had been slit.
As to the question of whether courts still ask trial witnesses to swear they will tell the truth with an oath ending in the words "So help me God," there is no definitive
Last updated: 16 October 2010
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