Wouldn't that be more binding?
While I find George Carlin's skit below amusing, the reality of our society moving away from Christian values is a little alarming.
In eradicating God from our society, we have cheapened many things.
The whole point of an oath is that in a God-fearing society, by swearing on God to tel the truth, you risk some good old-fashioned Old Testament wrath if you fib.
Fire and brimstone. Pillars of salt. Floods. Famine.
And from a logical standpoint, the whole oath process is, as George described, meaningless.
Certainly it is without God in the equation.
Absent God, what is right or wrong?
Why not lie if it suits you?
Yet the custom of swearing in is still here, a practice that dates back to the Old Testament, albiet modified in our senseless pursuit of "separation of church and state."
As with many things, those who claim to not believe seem to always hedge their bets.