Fayetteville man battles judge over Voodoo necklaces

A Fayetteville man landed in legal trouble after refusing to conceal necklaces he says are a part of his Voodoo religion when a judge asked him to.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Abu-Bakr Abdur Rahman would not take off the necklaces or put them inside his shirt while appearing in court to face a misdemeanor charge of communicating a threat last week. Cumberland County District Judge Talmage Baggett then had him held for contempt of court.


Abu-Bakr Abdur Rahman wears several long, multicolored beaded necklaces, some with religious symbols attached, that he...

Posted by The Fayetteville Observer on Friday, July 17, 2015

Rahman said the judge was violating his freedom of religion, the Observer reported. The necklaces are long and beaded and include religious symbols. Rahman says they are “guardians” and “protectors.”

He has reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union for legal help, the Observer reported.