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It was so understood during the Founding Era, a time when many critics viewed the religious features of oath-giving as problematic.(1) Partly, this distrust of oath-giving flowed from the religiously-inspired perception that an oath might unfairly demand a promise that would send an oath-breaker to eternal damnation; partly, it reflected a desire to accommodate the rights of Quakers and others, who refused on principle to swear an oath to the Almighty; partly, it reflected a growing recognition that oath-taking might invade the rights of conscience of the increasingly deistic populace of the country.(2)