“Can I swear a civic oath?” I asked.
“Oh sure,” she said as she put the bible away hurriedly.
This got me thinking about swearing oaths on bibles, especially in the context of the Canadian government and judiciary. Canada is a multi-cultural, secular nation with people of many faiths and a sizeable number of “nones”/non-believers. So, why are we still offering the bible when swearing an oath and why is this the default option? Isn’t it time to update these antiquated customs to reflect our modern, Canadian society?