posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 02:49 PM
Sorry for the late reply, this is not intended as a 'bump' just more of a follow up post to provide a conclusion to the issues in the OP.
The violent criminal who I would have testified against has chosen to plead guilty so I am no longer required to present my evidence in the criminal
I am of mixed feelings about this because I know the guy has only gone for a pre-hearing guilty plea as under British justice this will result in a
reduced punishment. I am pleased to be in the situation where I do not have to choose to take the religious oath on a bible or the non-religious
affirmation to tell the truth though.
In the 2 months since I've last posted here I can honestly say that I had still not decided if I was going to be truthful and choose the affirmation,
or deceptive and take the religious oath to avoid potential discrimination in the event of the magistrates being hard-core Christians who might have
their opinions clouded by thoughts of my lack of faith.
I will say though, I am still passionately of the mind that in modern day UK it is a scandal that anyone giving evidence is forced to reveal this
single aspect of their character in advance of testimony, by being forced to choose a religious or non religious promise to tell the truth in open
What is wrong with a simple promise?
The sooner religion and coercion to declare faith (or lack thereof) is removed from the UK justice system, the sooner we will have a more fair and
transparent system for all, defendants and witnesses alike.