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Brooklyn Judge Sworn in Using a Quran

Carolyn Walker-Diallo, a Brooklyn Civil Court judge was sworn in using a Quran. She was elected last month and took her oath of office on Thursday.

On her campaign page she said, “All is praise is indeed due to the Most High! I am humbled that my community has entrusted me with the immense responsibility of ensuring that EVERYONE has notice and a FAIR opportunity to be heard in the halls of justice.”


She is not the first Muslim judge to serve New York. Fox reported, “In 2013, Sheila Abdus-Salaam became the first black woman and Muslim to sit on the Court of Appeals.”

The New York Daily added, “Walker-Diallo is also not the first officeholder to be sworn in on the Koran: In 2006, Minnesota Rep. U.S. Keith Ellison did so.”

Perhaps at another time, this oath of office would not have sparked such heated controversy. Unfortunately, Walker-Diallo faces backlash and criticism in the wake of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim comments as well as the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

Sadyia Khalique, the director of operations for New York’s chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations said, “It’s really horrific what’s happening. This is a proud moment for her, and to have this much criticism is just really sad. In our society, there is so much hate.”

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Toni Ridgaway is a content editor for the Outreach Web Network, including churchleaders.com and SermonCentral.com.