Sharia watch: Man arrested for Koran abuse
posted at 3:22 pm on July 28, 2007 by Bryan
Man throws Koran into toilet. Police throw man in jail on “hate crimes” charges.
I’m sure we’re a “hate site” for pointing out that putting books into toilets is not a hate crime. Whatever.
A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, police said.
Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both hate crimes, police said. It was unclear if he was a student at the school. A message left at the Shmulevich home was not immediately returned.
The Islamic holy book was found in a toilet at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus by a teacher on Oct. 13. A student discovered another book in a toilet on Nov. 21, police said.
Muslim activists had called on Pace University to crack down on hate crimes after the incidents. As a result, the university said it would offer sensitivity training to its students.
The school was accused by Muslim students of not taking the incident seriously enough at first. Pace classified the first desecration of the holy book as an act of vandalism, but university officials later reversed themselves and referred the incident to the New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit.
Dissect that a little bit and you can see the role that the credible threat of violence played in all this. The man did his thing to a copy of the Koran, and the university did the PC thing of offering “sensitivity training.” But that wasn’t good enough, so the Muslim activists kept up the pressure and now, he’s being charged with actual crimes. Why did the pressure have such an effect? Could the Baptist Student Union pull the same stunt if someone dunks The Message?
Of course not. Pace has been mau maued into adopting a very extreme position that no other group could force it to adopt. The man will have to hire a lawyer and go through the legal proceedings. At the end, he’ll probably be found not guilty (well, in a reasonable world, that would be the outcome). But his trial will serve as a warning to anyone else who dares oppose the march of sharia on the campus of Pace: Don’t.
The flying imams’ lawsuit is intended to serve an identical purpose, from a different angle.
In all of this, you can see the outlines of a very broad strategy to advance sharia. Terrorists create the credible threat of violence by perpetrating violence on innocents in the name of Islam. Activists, who may themselves disavow violence, nevertheless use the threat and the twin cry that they’re being “oppressed” (either because of the violence from government’s point of view or by individuals who dare say or do anything un-PC) to push weaklings like Pace administrators into doing their bidding, making sharia the de facto standard. CAIR, the strategy’s PR arm, celebrates the wins and wails about continued “oppression.”