Wednesday, June 22, 2005

By the Book

From Raw Story:

GREENSBORO — The decision by local court officials to deny the use of the Quran for oaths has garnered national media attention and the scrutiny of a Washington-based Islamic civil rights group.

Officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Tuesday that statements by Guilford County’s top judge seem to endorse a particular religion and could be a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Guilford Senior Resident Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Albright told the News & Record last week that an oath taken on the Quran is not a lawful oath under state law. The law refers to laying one’s hand on the “Holy Scriptures.”

“Everybody understands what the holy scriptures are,” Albright said then. “If they don’t, we’re in a mess.”

No, the mess we’re in is that bigots and xenophobes are sitting on the bench in the courthouses of America.

What I want to know is why does some idiot judge or law in North Carolina get to decide what’s “holy scripture”? For some people that could be The Lord of the Rings. For others it could be The Collected Poems of Richard Brautigan or the shop manual for a 1959 Buick LeSabre, for that matter.

Is this a great country, or what?