Powered by
Movable Type 3.2
Design by
Danny Carlton





Made with NoteTab

July 21, 2005

Judge refuses to allow Moslem witness to swear by Koran

From the Christian Science Monitor:

As Muslim-Christian relations are under the spotlight around the world, US judges sometimes face a vexing question: Can witnesses raise their right hand and swear to tell the truth ... on the Koran?

The recent refusal by a Guilford County, N.C., judge to allow a Muslim woman to swear upon Islam's holy text before testifying is, in part, a new First Amendment challenge. And here in the Tar Heel state, the idea of swearing on books other than the Bible has reinvigorated a debate on the relationship between faith and truth that goes back to the founding documents of both the Carolinas and the country....

Already, witnesses in American courts do not have to take a religious oath and can instead simply testify on pain of perjury. It's up to judges to decide what passes for an oath.

Most have apparently given other oaths wide latitude. In a federal terrorism case in 1997 in Washington D.C., for instance, the judge allowed Muslim witnesses to swear to Allah. And the practice isn't new: Mochitura Hashimoto, the Japanese submarine commander who testified in the court martial of a US Navy captain in 1945, was allowed by a military tribunal to swear on his beliefs of Shinto, the ancient religion of Japan.

I've never understood the reasoning behind swearing an oath on a book that itself, very clearly says:

Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. — Matthew 5:33-37

Seems like a big fuss over what should be a non-issue.

Coverage: The Wide Awakes, Dhimmi Watch, Iowa Voice

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 21, 2005 09:56 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.jacklewis.net/cgi-bin/mt/jl-tb.cgi/1675

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Judge refuses to allow Moslem witness to swear by Koran:

» Liars from Moe's Woes
I was reading a post Jack Lewis made this morning, and it got me to thinking. What reasons could there be not to allow a qur'an in a civilized courtroom? How does the "religion of peace" look upon lies and deceptions ? Well, it says: [Read More]

Tracked on July 21, 2005 01:16 PM

Comments

Post a comment




Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)

Security verification

Type the characters you see in the image above.