Saturday, May 12, 2007

NC believes in magic...

... though not in a young girl's heart. No, they believe in the magic of the Quran.

A case is underway in NC right now concerning whether something besides the Christian Bible can be used for administering oaths. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the suit, filed in July 2005, stems from a case in which a Muslim woman was not allowed to use the Quran in being sworn as a witness.

The most bizarre aspect of this is that apparently the State of North Carolina thinks the Bible is magic.

How else to explain that someone who doesn't believe in it will nonetheless feel constrained to be truthful because they touched it?

Alternatively, I suppose, the state believes the Quran (possibly all other religions' books) are magic, and just bringing one into the court will somehow destroy the Christianity of those around. This is more likely, given that NC does permit witnesses to an affirm using no religious symbols at all if they prefer. (Leading to the delicious if slightly wacky notion that in NC at least, atheists are more trusted than "people of faith" when that faith is the wrong faith.)

Either way, there's magic in the air.

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At 1:51 AM, May 13, 2007 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

I had this to say about it in December, when nutjobs were throwing flak at Keith Ellison because he wanted to be sworn in on the Quran. But the four numbered points I made were originally written in response to this very NC case when it was reported by NPR in July 2005.


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