Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)
Friday, May 25, 2007
Legal oaths on any sacred text
Posted by Jim Watts
Now in the aftermath of the precedent set by Rep. Keith Ellison's use of a Qur'an to take his Congressional oath, the North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that any sacred text may be used by witnesses and jurors, according to AP. Apparently the words "Holy Scriptures" in the state constitution no longer specifically designate the Bible.