Didn’t you know this would happen?
What the ability to quote the Bible and committing crimes have to do with each other I couldn’t even guess. Plenty of pious people have been in plenty of prisons.
In this article, the judge defends his actions:
[Hamilton County Municipal Judge John] Burlew says his intent was to merely test the suspect’s honesty, not to endorse Christianity in the courtroom, but the judge does say he was justified to use a religious reference.
“People do not understand the separation of church and state,” Judge Burlew said. “When a witness testifies in my courtroom, they raise their right hand and swear to God, they put their hand on a Bible, and if they pay a fine it is with currency that says in God we Trust.”
Burlew’s action have gained nationwide attention, and not everyone agrees with them.
On Friday, a grievance was made against him to the Ohio Supreme Court by a California man.
Well – he got one thing right: a lack of understanding about church and state.