Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Atheists that Religious Oath for Jurors is Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Atheists that Religious Oath for Jurors is Unconstitutional

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The Supreme Court rejects an appeal by atheists arguing that requiring potential jurors to take an oath saying "So help me God" is unconstitutional.

This lets stand an appeals court ruling that "So help me God" in the juror's oath for Travis County, Texas, is just a solemn declaration of truthfulness, not an oath to a deity.

According to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling:

"The occasion to serve on a jury in undeniably a duty, a privilege and an opportunity for many citizens to actively and personally serve their government. ... Even so, jury service has not been construed as a constitutionally protected right. ...

Atheism is indeed a relevant factor for the parties and attorneys involved in the jury selection process — as much so as whether a potential juror is a Baptist, a Presbyterian or a Buddhist."

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