Court Oath Lawsuit Begs Question of Pluralism in America

July 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post


On July 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "A lawsuit in North Carolina asking that religious texts other than Bible to be used in court for swearing in has highlighted the challenges one city is experiencing as the nation becomes more diverse. In Greensboro, North Carolina, a suit was filed [by the ACLU] recently stating that denying the use of other religious books in court would go against the Constitution by favoring Christianity over other faiths. The controversy began when a mosque in Greensboro attempted to donate Qur'ans to local courthouses. However a Superior Court judge ruled that taking oaths on Qur'ans was unlawful under state law... 'The ACLU is not attempting to bring accommodation. That already exists,' stated Erik Stanley of the Florida-based [Liberty Counsel, a Christian law group]. 'They're trying to erase history. Courtroom oaths have always been done on the Bible'... As part of FaithAction, a group with more than 20 religious leaders of various faiths from the Greensboro area, the Rev. Mark Sills sees that North Carolina is an increasingly diverse place where there is room for respecting differences, but not to the point of neglecting one's own faith... 'Today, we live in the Bible-Talmud-Qur'an-Veda-Dhammapada-Guru Granth Sahib-Kitabiiqan Belt,' he said. 'It is imperative for our civic leaders, school teachers, judges, and law enforcers to appreciate and respect the religious differences found in our population.'"