The Islamic Republic of Pennsylvania?

Andrew McCarthy at The Corner has this little example:

A state judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed an assault and harrassment case against a Muslim defendant who admitted attacking the victim. Magistrate Judge Mark Martin, a veteran of the war in Iraq and a convert to Islam, ruled that Talag Elbayomy’s sharia defense – what he claimed was his obligation to strike out against any insult against the prophet Mohammed – trumped the First Amendment free speech rights of the victim.

Yes, you read that correctly.

There will be much more to say about this. For now, you can find details, here, including the YouTube recording of Judge Martin hectoring the assault victim, Ernie Perce, an activist atheist who paraded last October in a “Zombi Mohammed” costume. Before dismissing the case, Martin lectured Perce about the principles of Islam and the tender sensibilities of Muslims, calling him a “dufus” for failing to appreciate same.

In 27 years of trying and analyzing legal cases, this performance is as shocking and disgraceful as anything I’ve ever seen from an American trial judge.

And to think, there are people who are afraid of a Mormon president…

6 thoughts on “The Islamic Republic of Pennsylvania?

  1. Can’t be true. I have been told that pointing out this is happening makes me a bigot, a hater and closed minded. Well, I may be all those things, but I know YOU are not. So this story must be a lie.

    Whew! Glad I put an end to that before it got out of hand. 😀

    • Why is it that I can understand your humour, but you can’t understand mine? Are you just a dufus? That’s a fun word, right? Gotta give the judge pointers for that one. Dufus. It jes rolls off yer tongue….say it with me now, dufus…

  2. Ernie Perce, an activist atheist who paraded last October in a “Zombi Mohammed” costume.

    To be clear, this is despicable.

    Before dismissing the case

    Inexcusable to be sure.

    Martin lectured Perce about the principles of Islam and the tender sensibilities of Muslims, calling him a “dufus” for failing to appreciate same.

    Unbelievable.

    I wonder how quickly the ACLU would have descended upon this little court had the judge and defendant been Christian.

    • I wonder how quickly the ACLU would have descended upon this little court had the judge and defendant been Christian.

      Before the judge had even finished admonishing the victim.

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