In a press release, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it "called on judges... to allow use of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, when administering oaths."
This call to action is in response to statements made by W. Douglas Albright, a North Carolina Superior Court judge, who said according to the press release, "An oath on the Quran is not a lawful oath under our law."
The media advisory also notes, North Carolina "law only refers to swearing an oath by putting a hand on the 'Holy Scriptures.' Those who do not wish to take an oath using the Bible may instead make an 'affirmation.'"
The implication that the Quran does not qualify as "Holy Scriptures" while the Bible does prompted CAIR to argue that "exclusive use of the Bible may be an inappropriate state endorsement of religion."
UPDATE: a North Carolina newspaper contains an op-ed in which the author asks rhetorically:
Why should you be swearing an oath on a book that does not represent your own religion? You object, but the judge forces you to, in essence, swear an oath that violates your own religion! You can't refuse, or you will be found in contempt.
How can anyone justify forcing a Muslim-American to swear on a Christian Bible before they testify?
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