A Pennsylvania judge forbade a Muslim woman from swearing on the Quran before taking the witness stand in a custody dispute. The ruling upholds a state law that requires witnesses to swear on the Christian Bible or make a non-religious affirmation before offering testimony.
The woman had argued that the state’s law violated her religious liberty rights and exhibited a preference for Christianity over Islam and other religions.
Her estranged husband, who opposes her in the custody dispute, swore on a Bible, although he too identifies as Muslim. He told the court that the woman’s refusal to swear on a Bible or make a non-religious affirmation served as a sort of witness intimidation, since it could be construed to imply that his testimony would be less than truthful as he swore on a non-Islamic book.