Arguments Today In Case Involving Religious Texts In Court

Opening arguments are scheduled in Raleigh for this afternoon in a case involving the use of religious texts in North Carolina courtrooms.

The lawsuit seeks to allow other religious books in court.

The A-C-L-U and a Muslim woman in 2005 filed a lawsuit over the use of the Quran and other non-Christian texts for courtroom oaths.

Now, only the Bible can be used by witnesses when swearing or affirming truthful testimony.

A trial judge had determined the suit was moot because there was --no-- actual controversy at the time warranting litigation.

In January, a panel of the state Appeals Court disagreed, ruling that Syidah Mateen had said her request to place her hand on the Quran as a witness was denied in 2003.

Several Jewish members of the North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union have filed affidavits indicating they would prefer to swear upon the Old Testament.