A New York judge took her oath at the 7th Municipal District in Brooklyn Borough hall, New York City, last Thursday using the Quran instead of the Bible. And that didn't sit well with some outraged people on social media.
Carolyn Walker-Diallo, elected last month as a civil judge, is a practicing Muslim of African-American heritage
Though she attended the swearing-in ceremony last week, Mohammed Mujumder — a community activist and litigator — posted a video of the ceremony on the Internet.
In times when anti-Islamic sentiments are running high and Muslims are being targeted for their faith and beliefs, social media users flooded Mujumder's Facebook page with Islamophobic comments. Some took to Twitter to express their sentiments:
A US judge ,who is a woman & Muslim swears in on a fucking Koran !!! Can't be legal ??? Where Are We. ???— jerry townsend (@moorerock80) December 15, 2015
Yeaaahhh...now were talkin some religious freedom people!!! https://t.co/6wTADmM8CY— Game Slayer Hunting (@Lerner53) December 15, 2015
Seriously so what as an atheist I wouldn't swear on anything. https://t.co/10GoPFd5YC— Spoonie McSpooner (@aikira21) December 14, 2015
Religious rights are only for Christians it seems: Bigots go bonkers after Muslim judge swears oath on Koran https://t.co/f6LUZ8ua8d— Jeffrey Luscombe (@JeffreyLuscombe) December 14, 2015
Some even went to the extent of calling the oath an act of abomination, and went on to suggest that Walker-Diallo should be arrested. Some even screamed that Walker-Diallo would bring Sharia law to her East New York City courtroom.
“Another piece of shit Muslim. Trying to take over this country,” commented a person, while another wrote: “Just a short time before Sharia law is implemented. What idiots allow this.”
“How is using anything other than the holy bible to be sworn in acceptable?” wrote a Facebook user, with another adding, “Absolutely disgusting. What a shame and pitiful place New York has become.”
Even people who didn't completely lose it over a book choice still made their discrimination against Muslims known.
“In thinking about this, I believe it is foolish for Muslims to be in positions of authority. It’s just asking for trouble; but there is no point in swearing them in on Bibles, since the Bible means nothing to them,” said a social media user. “Unfortunately, their holy book tells them it is okay to say and do whatever furthers the cause of Islam.”
Although in the wake of the Paris attacks and other extremist activities, most notable the San Bernardino shooting in California, these reactions aren't entirely shocking. It might be disgusting, but certainly not surprising.