A Pennsylvania judge dropped the hammer on a request by a Muslim woman to take her oath on a Koran, instead of the Christian Bible.
Interestingly, her husband went along with giving an oath on the Bible. But she wasn’t so willing:
The woman’s estranged husband, who is also Muslim, swore on the Bible before his testimony.
But he argued that her refusal to do so could be construed to make his testimony seem less truthful, and he argued to the court that her actions were a type of witness intimidation.
The judge rejected the woman’s argument that other states allow the use of non-Christian holy books.
The Pennsylvania statute, which calls for oaths on the “Holy Bible,” does allow for non-religious oaths, affirmations, and unspecified other types of oaths.
“Which oath so taken by persons who conscientiously refuse to take an oath in the common form shall be deemed and taken in law to have the same effect as an oath taken in common form,” the statute reads.
The woman and her attorney did not challenge the judge’s refusal to allow an oath under the Koran under that portion of the law.
America’s laws are based on our nation’s Judeo-Christian background. There is a deep tradition in common law in which perjury is tied to swearing on the Christian Bible, and it is that tradition which this judge was trying to uphold.
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