So Help Me God
Let me explain.
The phrase “So help me God” with the witnesses hand on the Bible has been removed from the oath witnesses take before giving testimony in a court of law. It was done because some bigot was offended by it and claimed that it constituted government sponsorship of a religion, and there were enough morons on the Supreme Court to side with him. This phrase had been put into the oath because it made people make an oath unto a greater moral authority than man, and for many this actually does guarantee honest testimony, others . . . not so much. Either way, it served a specific purpose.
Now back to Muslims. Islam declares that any vow given to an infidel (every non-Muslim in the world) is completely non-binding. Muslims also recognize Allah as the only God. So if swearing to “tell the truth, the whole truth so help me” is non-binding when given to an infidel court, and swearing to “tell the truth, the whole truth so help me God” with his hand on the Bible is swearing to a moral authority the Muslim does not recognize; of what value is the oath? Now if a Muslim, even a terrorist swears to “tell the truth, the whole truth so help me Allah” with his hand on the Koran you can be assured he will not lightly break an oath made to his god.
This theory applies to other religions that recognize a higher moral authority. Buddhists could swear to Buddha. Hindus could swear to Shiva or Ganesh. Scientologists could swear to L. Ron Hubbard or whatever he claimed God to be. The only religion I can see this backfiring with is Satanists since Satan is the Father of Lies they would be free to lie as they please with such an oath.
So rather than forcing the phrase “So help me God” out of the courtroom it might be more appropriate to allow whatever religious oath fits the individual being sworn in. By having everybody swear by the moral authority they hold most high perhaps we can be assured of more honest testimony from everybody. Who knows; it just might work.