I personally never the fuck got into swearing.
If a person intends upon a way of thinking or course of action, why announce it?
Ya just do it. And if you are not doing it already, then how does taking an oath or vowing make a difference?
What is this, jail for truth? It's nothing but another layer of "assurance" of truth telling punishable by perjury. Depending on how you look at it, I suppose, it's either a celebration of human frailty or acknowledgment to the powers of corruption.
So really it's just a verbal contract which can be deceitfully entered or broken by convenience. It's ceremonial but unsubstantial.
I'm considering attending a specific class which presents itself as transmitting certain tradition. Only there are two vows expected to be declared (concerning compassion) which I've probably always done without saying, but at least consciously incorporated into my life since carefully studying my own emotions and intentions back when I was a little kid, letting my friends win games so they wouldn't feel bad.
So I now have to vow to live how I've lived for five decades? Noooooo. I don't have to do that. In prideful fact, it's a little insulting.
Curious now as to from where the tradition derives, I googled and found this:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath
Historical development as a legal concept
The concept of oaths is deeply rooted within Judaism. It is found in Genesis 8:21, when God swears that he will "never again curse the ground because of man and never again smite every living thing."
In law, oaths are made by a witness to a court of law before giving testimony and usually by a newly appointed government officer to the people of a state before taking office. In both of those cases, though, an affirmation can be usually substituted. A written statement, if the author swears the statement is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is called an affidavit. The oath given to support an affidavit is frequently administered by a notary, who will certify the giving of the oath by affixing her or his seal to the document. Willfully delivering a false oath (or affirmation) is the crime of perjury.
There is confusion between oaths and other statements or promises. The current Olympic Oath, for instance, is really a pledge and not properly an oath since there is only a "promise" and no appeal to a sacred witness. Oaths are also confused with vows, but really, a vow is a special kind of oath.
With regard to the idea of petition--I've not read about it yet but I think I get the concept--aesthetically it seems right. I support that wall of separation built by the founding fathers, which has obviously been violated numerously.
The Constitution over the bible seems an appropriate enough improvement if keeping the ceremony at all. But immediately what comes to my mind is that even as is firmly embedded the Constitution, it is subject to amendment whereas the bible be correct or not is unchanging. And if you are going to vow on anything, as a vow is meant to keep you to your word, then that thing ought to be unalterable.
So I suggest we declare our vows upon something even more stable than the Constitution--as immutable as it may be--something which can't be amended (constitution) or interpreted (rules out the bible, huh?) differently depending on the times or upon new understandings, something more rigid, fixed, invariable, static, unfluctuating, unvarying (yeah, I copy/pasted thesaurus, duh): you know, like a brainless rock or a thoughtless Republican. Things that don't change.