Update: Other Holy Books and Scriptures May Soon be Used for Court Oaths

July 27, 2005

Source: TheBostonChannel.com

Wire Service: AP


On July 27, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union said witnesses in North Carolina courtrooms should be allowed to swear to tell the truth on scriptures other than the Bible. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to permit oaths to be taken on the holy books of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and other non-Christian faiths. Judges in Guilford County ruled recently that Muslims cannot legally take an oath on the Qur'an. State law allows witnesses to take their oath either by laying a hand over 'Holy Scripture,' by saying 'so help me God' without the use of a religious book or by using no religious symbols."