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CAIR Welcomes Ruling Allowing Quran Oaths in NC Courts


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/24/2007) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a ruling by a North Carolina judge that any religious text, not just a Bible, may be used to swear in witnesses or jurors in that state’s courtrooms.

Thursday’s ruling by Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway resulted from a lawsuit challenging a state law that could be interpreted as requiring courts to use the Bible alone.

SEE: Quran May be Used to Swear (AP)

“We welcome this ruling as an expression of our nation’s constitutional commitment to religious diversity and tolerance,” said CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar.

In 2005, CAIR called on judges in North Carolina to allow use of the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, when administering oaths.

SEE: CAIR Asks N.C. Judges to Allow Use of Quran in Oaths

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787, 202-415-0799, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:


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