State bill would allow courtroom oaths on Quran

February 7, 2007 19:16

Courtroom oaths could be taken on the Quran and other sacred texts besides the Bible in a bill filed in the state Senate on Wednesday. The issue drew national attention last month when the first Muslim elected to US Congress took a ceremonial oath with a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson. In North Carolina, the issue appeared in 2003 when a Muslim woman sued the state because she was not allowed to swear an oath on the Quran when she was called as a witness in a court case. State law allows witnesses to use only the Bible for oaths.

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