ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Welcome to the 21st century. An iPad Bible App was used this past week to swear-in New Jersey’s newest set of Fire Captains and Battalion Chiefs. At the time of the swearing-in, a bible was not readily available, so an iPad was substituted for the firefighter ceremony.
The swearing-in ceremony was caught on video by a local NBC affiliate. During the event, eight officers are shown placing their hands on the iPad. The device was shown to include the Bible app, which made it an allowable copy of the Bible for ceremonial purposes. The ceremony was attended by friends, family members, and supporters of the Atlantic City Fire Department, and the event took place in the City Council chambers.
As e-books continue to become more prevalent, there will likely be more cases in which “stand-ins” for original copies of Bibles and other books occur. It should be noted that a Bible is not needed for swearing-in ceremonies as they hold no valid legal consideration. However, Bibles are none-the-less used as part of traditional ceremonies.
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Marc OuelletteMonday, February 11, 2013 4:05:33 PMWriter your comment on the bible is incorrect. The bible IS valid for legal consideration as in the court of law daily. Not only in judicial but notary as well as swearing in for more then just Merritt purposes. Reconsider your point, rather than mislead.
Jerry StephensTuesday, February 12, 2013 5:40:27 AMI am not a real religious man but I do have my beliefs and it bothers me that "A bible was not readily available" It should say something about this country and where it is headed.
Robert O'ConnorTuesday, February 12, 2013 7:55:25 AMA bible is an archaic book of stories created for man by man.... it is no value other than as an historic relic to an educated man.