CAIR: NORTH CAROLINA OFFICIAL WILL NOT APPEAL QURAN RULING AFFECTING COURTROOM OATHS
RALEIGH, North Carolina: North Carolina officials said Friday they will not challenge a judge's ruling that allows the Quran or any other religious text to be used to swear in witnesses or jurors in the state's courtrooms.
The ruling by Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway last month came after judges in another North Carolina county declined to accept donated copies of the Quran, saying that swearing an oath on anything other than the Bible violated state law. The American Civil Liberties Union sued, claiming that allowing oaths only on the Bible was unconstitutional because it favored Christianity over other religions.
The state had until Monday to appeal Ridgeway's ruling, which came months after the issue rose to the national level when U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, used a Quran when being sworn into office in January. . .
In a letter this week, Democratic state Sen. Larry Shaw asked Cooper to not appeal the ruling "because we are sure to stray away from the pluralistic society and great ideas of our founding fathers."
Shaw, a Muslim who represents Cumberland County, also serves on the board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Islamic advocacy group.