A Muslim Civil Court judge reportedly was sworn in on the Muslim holy book -- the Koran -- in New York Dec. 15.
"All is praise is indeed due to the Most High!" the judge - lifelong-Brooklyn resident Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo - wrote in a post on her website. "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."
Walker-Diallo opted to swear in on the Koran instead of the Bible in honor of her faith. She is not the first to do so. In 2006, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota did so as well, reports New York Daily News.
Walker-Diallo is also not the first Muslim judge to serve in New York. In 2013, Sheila Abdus-Salaam became the first Muslim and black woman to sit on the state’s highest judicial body.
However, social media responses to a video of the recent ceremony posted by litigator Mohammed Mujumder on Facebook ranged from critical to hateful.
Some said that using a copy of the Constitution instead of religious texts should be encouraged to promote separation of church and state.
“Our leaders and civil servants need to serve the people of the United States of America before whatever gods they believe in,” Jona Thoncor Bridge wrote.
Many others made Islamophobic remarks in response to Walker-Diallo's choice.
“Another piece of s--- Muslim,” one Facebook user wrote, “trying to take over this country.”
“In thinking about this, I believe it is foolish for Muslims to be in positions of authority,” Linda Brice Burleson said. “It’s just asking for trouble.”
Others, however, defended the judge and other Muslims.
“It is quite sad to see all these so called Christians giving out such hate…this is not the way Jesus (RA) would behave towards another person…he would preach peace and love,” Sadia Rasool said.
“Your hate kind of defeats the phrase of What Would Jesus Do [WWJD]”, she added.