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Penn Judge ‘Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad’

In Islam, Religion on March 1, 2012 at 10:24

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Above was the the Title of the Head Line published’ in Yahoo news‘ that was delivered to my IN Box  and it was changed into

“Penn Judge Tosses Case in Which Muslim Was Accused of Attacking Atheist”

May be the writer felt that the original title was inappropriate and changed into the more acceptable current Head Line.

The Judge’s Observation seems to be correct.

While I hold no brief for terrorism, be it in any form,the insult of a Religion by a Group or an individual is to be condemned.

If you do not agree with their views keep it to your self.

You have no Right to denigrate other’s Religion or for that matter other’s ideas.

You must counter them ,if warranted, by ideas and arguments and not by this senseless and irresponsible behaviour which hurts others.

Of course one can not expect any better behaviour from a Group which believes in Nihilism.

One has the right to believe in what one thinks as to be Right.

Any way belief in Islam or any Faith is better than being unruly, anarchic and a Belief which has no Rational Basis, where one can not define the instrument one calls mind and where one closes one’s mind to the wonders and the complexity of Nature and yet believes that every thing is a Chance!

Yet to attack one for his views in barbaric and it does not reflect great on the Religion.

Their Religion or that part that deals with proselytization, must be interpreted to suit  Rationality.One should remember that any Religion has its Metaphysical aspect and Social aspect.

The latter can be modified keeping the Metaphysical aspect intact.

“There is a surprising story out of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania that seems the perfect storm of religious tensions. You begin with Ernie Perce, an atheist who marched as a zombie Mohammad in the Mechanicsburg Halloween parade. Then you add Talaag Elbayomy, a Muslim who stepped off a curb and reportedly attacked Perce for insulting the Prophet. Then you have a judge (Judge Mark Martin) who threw out the criminal charges against Elbayomy and ridiculed the victim, Perce. The Judge identifies himself as a Muslim and says that Perce conduct is not what the First Amendment is supposed to protect. [UPDATE: The judge says he is not a Muslim despite what is heard by most listeners on the tape. That being the case, the criticism of the comments remains.] [UPDATE2: Perce has responded to our blog and denied many of the factual representations made by Judge Martin].”

Here is part of the hearing transcript:

Well, having had the benefit of having spent over two-and-a-half years in predominantly Muslim countries, I think I know a little bit about the faith of Islam. In fact, I have a copy of the Quran here, and I would challenge you, Sir, to show me where it says in the Quran that Muhammad arose and walked among the dead. I think you misinterpreted a couple of things. So before you start mocking somebody else’s religion, you might want to find out a little more about it. It kind of makes you look like a doofus. …

In many other Muslim-speaking countries, err, excuse me, many Arabic-speaking countries, predominantly Muslim, something like this is definitely against the law there, in their society. In fact, it could be punished by death, and frequently is, in their society.

Here in our society, we have a Constitution that gives us many rights, specifically First Amendment rightsIt’s unfortunate that some people use the First Amendment to deliberately provoke others. I don’t think that’s what our forefathers intended. I think our forefathers intended to use the First Amendment so we can speak with our mind, not to piss off other people and cultures – which is what you did.

Here is part of the hearing transcript:

Well, having had the benefit of having spent over two-and-a-half years in predominantly Muslim countries, I think I know a little bit about the faith of Islam. In fact, I have a copy of the Quran here, and I would challenge you, Sir, to show me where it says in the Quran that Muhammad arose and walked among the dead. I think you misinterpreted a couple of things. So before you start mocking somebody else’s religion, you might want to find out a little more about it. It kind of makes you look like a doofus. …

In many other Muslim-speaking countries, err, excuse me, many Arabic-speaking countries, predominantly Muslim, something like this is definitely against the law there, in their society. In fact, it could be punished by death, and frequently is, in their society.

Here in our society, we have a Constitution that gives us many rights, specifically First Amendment rights. It’s unfortunate that some people use the First Amendment to deliberately provoke others. I don’t think that’s what our forefathers intended. I think our forefathers intended to use the First Amendment so we can speak with our mind, not to piss off other people and cultures – which is what you did.

I’ve spent about seven years living in other countries. When we go to other countries, it’s not uncommon for people to refer to us as ‘ugly Americans.’ This is why we hear it referred to as ‘ugly Americans,’ because we’re so concerned about our own rights, we don’t care about other people’s rights. As long as we get our say, but we don’t care about the other people’s say.

http://jonathanturley.org/2012/02/24/pennsylvania-judge-throws-out-charge-for-harassing-atheist-while-calling-the-victim-a-doofus/

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