Anat Ghelber
Anat Ghelber

Objection, your Honor!

“Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”

When we think of Kosher, we not only think of Kosher in terms of food, holidays, dating, etc.

We can think of kosher as a term that classifies whether something is justified or not.

I would like to discuss this in terms of our justice system, and its “swearing by God.”

Our justice system works under the assumption that if someone openly swears they are telling the truth, then they are doing so.

But it does this without taking into consideration whether the person swearing this oath even believes in God.

That person, then, might be lying.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I say that if you are a good enough actor or actress, if you can fake a few tears, you could conceivably put anyone in jail with your testimony. That is just how our justice system works.

Right now, there are innocent human beings sitting behind bars for crimes they did not commit.

Even though these people are innocent, and were never, ever proven guilty, they had the bad luck to not have had either the right look or attitude when they arrived at court.

Maybe they didn’t have the best lawyer.

Maybe they didn’t even have a lawyer.

One thing they did have for sure, was a guilty verdict.

The person who accused them didn’t have proof. 

All they had was a good story.

All they had were tears because they were good at crying, able to make themselves cry on command.

The whole “innocent until proven guilty” idea doesn’t really exist in our court system although it has to, otherwise every single person in America is guilty (perhaps not as charged, but still guilty, including you.)

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