Judge tosses charge against Muslim who allegedly attacked atheist for mocking Mohammed

posted at 4:30 pm on February 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Someone e-mailed us about this last night but I didn’t have time to look into it and figured the facts couldn’t be as bad as he suggested. Wrong: They are that bad. An atheist was parading down the street as “Zombie Mohammed” last year when a Muslim bystander allegedly flew into a rage and started to choke him. Watch the first clip below; it’s hard to tell what’s going on but something happened, resulting in both the victim and the attacker supposedly tracking down a cop to complain. Why would the suspect want to talk to a cop? Because, silly: He thought it was a criminal offense to insult Islam. And as it turns out, it almost is.

The cop testified at the trial but despite his testimony and the video, the judge — a Muslim convert — dismissed the charge for lack of evidence. As Eugene Volokh notes, that’s arguably defensible: If he thought the cop wasn’t credible for whatever reason then he wouldn’t have much left to get him to “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Don’t get hung up on the dismissal, though. The true outrage here is in the lecture that this halfwit delivered from the bench to the victim, not the attacker. Andy McCarthy at the Corner has the full transcript but this will suffice:

Before you start mocking someone else’s religion you may want to find out a little bit more about it. That makes you look like a doofus

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 really intended. I think our forefathers intended that we use the First Amendment so that we can speak our mind, not to piss off other people and other cultures, which is what you did.

I don’t think you’re aware, sir, there’s a big difference between how Americans practice Christianity – uh, I understand you’re an atheist. But, see, Islam is not just a religion, it’s their culture, their culture. It’s their very essence, their very being. They pray five times a day towards Mecca. To be a good Muslim, before you die, you have to make a pilgrimage to Mecca unless you are otherwise told you cannot because you are too ill, too elderly, whatever. But you must make the attempt…

Then what you have done is you’ve completely trashed their essence, their being. They find it very, very, very offensive. I’m a Muslim, I find it offensive. [Unintelligble] aside was very offensive.

But you have that right, but you’re way outside your bounds on First Amendment rights.

Listen for yourself here. He never quite gets to the point of saying that the atheist had it coming — remember, the charges were dismissed supposedly, supposedly, because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that any harassment occurred — but that’s the upshot of this gratuitous little sensitivity lecture in open court. I can’t imagine what this means either: “[Y]ou have that right, but you’re way outside your bounds on First Amendment rights.” It’s incoherent, but to the extent that he means mocking Mohammed might not qualify as protected speech, I think he’s suggesting that it might fall under the “fighting words” exception to the First Amendment. That’s one of the dumbest, most pernicious lines of Supreme Court free-speech jurisprudence precisely because it gives prosecutors an avenue to suppress especially “insensitive” speech if they’re so inclined. I wonder what would have happened here had Pennsylvania charged the atheist with harassment on grounds that insulting Mohammed constitutes “fighting words” to Muslims and therefore his speech isn’t protected. Would this stupid judge have convicted him? Read McCarthy’s transcript and decide for yourself.

The worst part of this? The state can’t appeal. At first blush I thought prosecutors might be allowed to appeal an acquittal in a bench trial as opposed to a jury trial, but a little googling tells me no. The alleged assailant evidently is off scot free. The only avenue left may be to try to sanction the judge for ranting at the victim about how thoughtless it was of him to exercise his First Amendment rights. At a minimum, calling the guy a “doofus” violates Canon 3(A)(3) of the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct, which says judges should “be patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and others with whom they deal in their official capacity.” We all know the left won’t move a muscle to discipline this guy so it’s up to Pennsylvania Republicans. Hop to it.


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Being from PA I hope it gets fixed. This is a disgrace. We have a full repub government so they better get to it

Flapjackmaka on February 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Sharia law is alive and growing here in America.

But hey, lets keep the immigration spigot turned on full blast.

Rebar on February 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

We all know the left won’t move a muscle to discipline this guy so it’s up to Pennsylvania Republicans. Hop to it.

Pennsylvania Republicans? Santorum should know those guys. ?

rhombus on February 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

My God, things are worse than I thought.

stefanite on February 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I’m looking forward to the mockery of the judge as this goes viral. I even hope Bill O’Reilly picks it up so the obsessives over at MSDNC will see it.

tdpwells on February 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Dumb ruling by the judge.
Also Zombie Mohammed? Atheists sure know how to make friends. ;)

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Maybe the plaintiff could sue the attacker for pain/suffering. To make it worse, his only request would be that the defendant would have to apologize publicly and give him a dollar.

MoreLiberty on February 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

the judge — a Muslim convert

Interesting. I wonder if anyone would have asked for a recusal if a born again Christian was presiding over a case where pro life activists were accused of violence against a woman attempting to enter an abortion clinic?

Kataklysmic on February 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You know there’s many atheists who are asking for it…. a mostly peaceful choking

El_Terrible on February 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Since when is ‘Islam’ a culture?

Jeez… nevermind. There is just far too much about this Judge and this case to comment on with just a few lines.

Suffice it to say, anyone and everyone who’ve claimed that the warnings that have been sent up regarding shari’a law and variations thereof making its way into America’s courtrooms has been nothing more than ‘bigotry’ and ‘fear mongering’ should now have their arses kicked good and hard.

I bet CAIR is partying like it’s 1699.

SD Tom on February 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This must be one of the moderate Muslims we hear about but have never seen.

SirGawain on February 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

what about a civil complaint and go after the guy for a tort taking the muslim for $$$ instead of criminal charges? also the judge should be named for calling the defense a dufus. Inflammatory and maligns the character of the defense.

athenadelphi on February 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

But, see, Islam is not just a religion, it’s their culture, their culture.

And that culture just happens to include attacking anyone who criticizes your culture.

I’m waiting for some idiot who pulls this s**t with someone else to get blown away in self-defense. Then s**t gets real.

MadisonConservative on February 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

My God, things are worse than I thought.

stefanite on February 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Beyond control. Suicide by political correctness.

the_nile on February 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I bet CAIR is partying like it’s 1699.

SD Tom on February 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

More like 699.

teke184 on February 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Since when is ‘Islam’ a culture?

SD Tom on February 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Since the beginning. It’s a religion and political system rolled into one.

SirGawain on February 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

The victim should sue the defendant for assault and battery. Hopefully he gets a better judge for the civil case.

LibertarianRepublican on February 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

How about actually saying where this took place? There is only a side mention of Pennsylvania Code at the end – so at that point I can guess which state it occurred in, but it would have been nice to read up front where this happened.

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Do you see, secular progressives?

Islamo-fascism is not a transgressive anti-colonial critique of late capitalism, Christian patriarchy, and gender norms; it is an intolerant, backwards, totalitarian ideology.

Hitch the progessive star to Islam at your own risk.

MidniteRambler on February 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

A carry over from the Karen Santorum post…

How about because, as of yet, we don’t run the risk of Islam imposing sharia law upon us. We do run the risk of an over-eager Catholic trying to limit our freedoms based upon his own moral code, though.

Vyce on February 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Flange on February 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Sharia law for libs. The judg should be disbarred. sickening. Muslims are ALL a threat to America.

Redstone357 on February 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Apparently Judge Martin insults lots of people who come before him.
http://www.kudzu.com/m/District-Justice-Mark-W-Martin-20920777/reviews/

LASue on February 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

How about shoot both of them…problem solved.

BigWyo on February 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Un-friggin’-believeable.

AZCoyote on February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Atheists sure know how to make friends. ;)

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Actually, I give the guy props.

Most atheists take the coward’s way and bash Christians, whom they know won’t hurt them.

Islam is everything athiests hate about religion times infinity, but very very few have the guts to make a statement against it.

Rebar on February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

The larger the Muslim presence in this country, the more we can expect incidents like these. Where Muslims go, Islam follows.

Unless we bring to a halt the advance of muslims into our society, we’re just going to have to get used to this, acknowledge their sensibilities and adjust our behaviour accordingly.

sartana on February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Perfect illustration as to why sharia law is total stupidity……oops! Is that politically incorrect to say that? Third world idiots.

ultracon on February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I cant see the video, was the guy really overtly provoking the muslim dude? Like was he in his face or just in some stupid parade and the guy jumped him?

Catholic does this and it’s prime time news, natch.

Dash on February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

This judge is completely out of line. First, he doesn’t understand the First Amendment. Second, it’s not mocking Islam that makes you look like a doofus; it’s practicing Islam, a religion founded by a warmongering rapist and pedophile, that makes you look like a doofus.

Cara C on February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Lol. This guy is a frickin’ judge!
Special “rights” for “special people”.
People wonder why there’s no confidence in the justice system.

Also from the transcript:

But another part of the element [of the offense charged] is, as Mr. Thomas [the defense lawyer] said, was — “Was the defendant’s intent to harass, annoy or alarm — or was it his intent to try to have the offensive situation negated?

So, if someone offends you, feel free to physically attack them.
Idiot judge.

RedCrow on February 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

A muslim judge … a muslim convert judge … lecturing about how the “essence” of a muslim has been attacked – should’ve recused himself, because – by logical extension – the “essence” of the Judge has, also, been attacked.

It seems to me that a Judge, whose “essence” has been attacked, should not be hearing such a matter on the merits.

But, it’s because of Judges like this that us – hicks – in Oklahoma had a vote about the use of Sharia in our State.

I feel like such a hick. Such a stupid hick.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Flange on February 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

And where is that guy now?
(Crickets)

RedCrow on February 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

So choking someone isn’t protected under the First Amendment?

Paul-Cincy on February 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Since the beginning. It’s a religion and political system rolled into one.

SirGawain on February 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Wrong. Islamic culture is not the same as Islam being a culture. Just ask the millions of native non-Muslims living in the Middle East.

SD Tom on February 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

What Allah posted isn’t even the half of it. Look at these tasty morsels:

And Mr. Thomas [Elbayomi's defense lawyer] is correct. In many other Muslim speaking countries – excuse me, in many Arabic speaking countries – call it “Muslim” – something like this is definitely against the law there. In their society, in fact, it could be punishable by death, and it frequently is, in their society.

And for the “Blame America First” crowd.

This is what — as I said, I spent half my years altogether 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 are 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.

Now tell me again Liberals, it’s Santorum who is the crazy religious nut? Riiigghht.

WisRich on February 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

An atheist was parading down the street as “Zombie Mohammed” last year when a Muslim bystander allegedly flew into a rage and started to choke him.

And this is why Christians are publicly mocked so frequently and Muslims are not. This is why there will not be a Muslim ‘urine Mohammed’ for very long.

sharrukin on February 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Anyone ever find out what happened to the six year old girl that the prophet Mohammed took “into his tent”? Jerry Sandusky wants to know.

celtic warrior on February 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

- The judge in the case is magisterial district judge in Cumberland county, PA (just west of Harrisburg).

- Magisterial district judges are ELECTED to terms of six years in odd-numbered years.

“Before justices and judges can be appointed or elected to their positions, they must meet certain basic requirements such as citizenship and residency. In addition, all but magisterial district judges and Philadelphia Traffic Court judges must be members of the Bar of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.”

- The judge, Mark Martin, is NOT a Muslim. Repeat, he is NOT. He is a Christian.

- The case WAS NOT dealing with a criminal charge. What was dismissed was the equivalent of a non-traffic citation (“harassment”). In those cases a Magisterial District Judge decides guilt or innocence. In an actual criminal case the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

- The judge can NOT be recalled or removed by popular vote.

J_Crater on February 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

i’m gonna walk down the street as Zombie Jesus and see what transpires…

burserker on February 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I suspect that the victim might be able to go after the judge with some kind of complaint or lawsuit.

ArkyDore on February 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Wrong. Islamic culture is not the same as Islam being a culture. Just ask the millions of native non-Muslims living in the Middle East.

SD Tom on February 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

No. The quran lists ideals of an islamic society. A pretty vivid picture unlike the Bible vagueness. It’s a culture and religion

Flapjackmaka on February 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Just to be on the safe side: you guys would be just as outraged if the atheist had paraded as “Zombie Jesus” and the guy attacking had been an especially militant Lutheran, right? Please tell me that the moral here is not “Muslims are even bigger jerks than atheists” but rather “you don’t resolve religious disputes by way of choking in this country.”

Thanks in advance.

Time Lord on February 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

What`s to be done about Muslims already living here?

ThePrez on February 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Oh, this is not good. Wonder if any atheist groups will get involved in this?

tinkerthinker on February 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The muslim attacker and the muslim judge both deserve to get the essence kicked out of them…..

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

After 0bama is sworn in as President-for-Life, all displays of conservatism and Christianity will be deemed offensive.

The First Amendment only applies to officially licensed and sanctioned speech.

pedestrian on February 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

After this, today, we are all “Zombie Muhammad”… I stand by this zombie in this fight.

Batman2000 on February 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

RedCrow on February 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Probably found somewhere else to bash Catholics.

Flange on February 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Sharia Law replacing state law? Oh yeah, this judge needs to be arrested.

Zaggs on February 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

i’m gonna walk down the street as Zombie Jesus and see what transpires…

burserker on February 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

As you well know, nothing would transpire except maybe people putting candy in your bag.

pedestrian on February 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

After this, today, we are all “Zombie Muhammad”… I stand by this zombie in this fight.

Batman2000 on February 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

New addition for my Halloween display this year….

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I’m sure that the DOJ Civil Rights Division will jump right on it.

Jorge Bonilla on February 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Then they came for the atheists …. and AP finally noticed.

(I keed; I keed.)

i’m gonna walk down the street as Zombie Jesus and see what transpires…

burserker on February 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

The guy dressed as Zombie Pope didn’t incite anyone to violence….

notropis on February 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

- The judge, Mark Martin, is NOT a Muslim. Repeat, he is NOT. He is a Christian.

- The case WAS NOT dealing with a criminal charge. What was dismissed was the equivalent of a non-traffic citation (“harassment”). In those cases a Magisterial District Judge decides guilt or innocence. In an actual criminal case the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

- The judge can NOT be recalled or removed by popular vote.

J_Crater on February 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Then what you have done is you’ve completely trashed their essence, their being. They find it very, very, very offensive. I’m a Muslim, I find it offensive. [Unintelligble] aside was very offensive.

But you have that right, but you’re way outside your bounds on First Amendment rights.

I’m lost.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Insulting a man’s wife to his face is “fighting words”, but not mockery of an historical or religious figure. The courts have been fairly cautious in not letting the “fighting words” excuse curb free expression and there is no way the courts would give this attacker a free pass on his attack.

I think the judge should be impeached for obvious incompetence and religious bias in making rulings. This ruling should not stand, if it does it looks like any Muslim can be allowed to attack a critic of Muhammad or Islam because it constitutes “fighting words” to the Muslim’s tender sensibilities.

Chessplayer on February 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

So choking someone isn’t protected under the First Amendment?

Paul-Cincy on February 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

choking = free speech apparently.

Where Muslims go, Islam follows.

sartana on February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

uh that was redundant…

Sachiko on February 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I said nothing when they went after Catholics….

faraway on February 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I wouldn’t be on the side of either party, but the judge’s reasoning is terrible and I hope there’s some accountability for him.

22044 on February 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

They tell me if a Republican is elected President, then theocratic judges will start taking away my rights….

tidemonster on February 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Get. This. Clown. Off. The. Bench.

Eren on February 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Cut the good judge some slack — he didn’t call the guy a doofus, he said he looked like a doofus. /sarc

KS Rex on February 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

One inch at a time for these people here! If that works a foot at a time and soon these have a major foothold in out nation. Just look where these rop type are all over the world. How they want to completely change laws so they are in charge. Already here in the US these won’t work in a grocery store to touch pork, these won’t take a person who is blind with a dog in a taxi, these get bent out of sharpe if their work place doesn’t have a ‘prayer room’ so they do their thing five times a day. PEOPLE we have got to stop this or we will be under the same horrid rule these people live under all over the world? This is not one bit funny having this happen in the US? Do you think so?
L

letget on February 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Nice tie!

GarandFan on February 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

“Zombie Jesus” and the guy attacking had been an especially militant Lutheran

Because Lutherans hate Jesus?

The dude’s buddy was dressed as Zombie Pope, and no one laid a hand on him….

notropis on February 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Good thing the atheist didn’t make fun of magic underwear.

pedestrian on February 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Anyone ever find out what happened to the six year old girl that the prophet Mohammed took “into his tent”? Jerry Sandusky wants to know.

celtic warrior on February 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

He supposedly waited until she was 9 to have fun with her. He just married her when she was 6 and he was 54 I believe.

SirGawain on February 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I’m lost.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Me too. I guess I can’t believe my lyin eyes.

WisRich on February 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Well…

… A gay judge ruled against Prop. 8 in California.

Oh, wait…!

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Obama to apologize to Muslims in 3-2-1

faraway on February 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Where is the outrage over the obvious and blatant hipocracy?

The athiest group had either a “zombie pope” or a “zombie Jesus”. Christians as a group are every bit as much a “culture” as Muslims. To be consistent, the judge should have mentioned those groups being rightfully offended as well.

Even giving equal respect to Mohammed, zombie Jesus should be considered an even higher offense, since we Christians believe he IS consubstantially God, not just “his prophet”.

No doubt the atheists were being offensive. But equally so, and well within their rights. The attacking Muslim was going to a “Haloween parade” with his kids? And he expected to not be offended? Also, he claims he thought it was against the law to mock Mohammed in the USA? He is an outright liar, and he was looking for trouble.

As a college student, I joined the Haloween parade as one of a group of abortion doctors, “providing service in 30 minutes or it’s FREE”. My sign said “we tote the zygote”. Completely over the top and shameful. I was a kid, with a warped sense of humor, same as these bozos. Plenty of people were offended – no one attacked.

connertown on February 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Christians were warned, by Jesus Christ, that – because He was mocked – so, too, would they be mocked.

That is why Christians don’t physically attack those who mock Jesus Christ. And, besides, He wouldn’t want them to.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Obama to apologize to Muslims in 3-2-1

faraway on February 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

There’s my laugh for the day.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Impeach him. Now.

Rational Thought on February 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Obama to apologize to Muslims in 3-2-1

faraway

Then wait 4 seconds for the apology to Zombies.

Zaggs on February 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I wish the process of removing a judge from a case would be done by an independent committee and never by the judge himself. It would keep them honest. I’m sure it would create some chaotic problems, but I can’t really see what they are…

PennsylvaniaPainTrain on February 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

So is the judge insinuating that offended Muslims can beat the crap those who provoked them? That’s a nice precedent to set. Another 10 years and honor killings won’t even warrant a manslaughter charge.

Doughboy on February 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

My religion, nay, my CULTURE says that I get free filet mignon every day, a brand new Bugatti Veyron, and an unlimited amount of guilt-free sexual intercourse with Scarlett Johansson. If you try and deny me my rights, why, you’re just an insensitive MONSTER who hates the Constitution, America, and apple pie.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Just to be on the safe side: you guys would be just as outraged if the atheist had paraded as “Zombie Jesus” and the guy attacking had been an especially militant Lutheran, right? Please tell me that the moral here is not “Muslims are even bigger jerks than atheists” but rather “you don’t resolve religious disputes by way of choking in this country.”

Thanks in advance.

Time Lord on February 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Remember the time a christian judge let off an abortion doctor murderer because the doctor had it coming; as his practice offended the christian’s religion?

No? I see.

lorien1973 on February 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Do judges in PA have to stand for re-approval by the voters? Here in AZ, the have to periodically. If this moron was in AZ, he’d be toast when his turn came up.

rotorjoe on February 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If the NPSA can legally march in Skokie taunting Holocaust survivors, then this a**hat atheist (but I repeat myself…) can dress up like Zombie Mohammed for Halloween. The first amendment is a tough SOB. Deal with it.

rcpjr on February 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I would like to know if the Atheist is an Obama supporter…because clearly he’s confused about protected class pecking order.

Muslim trumps Atheist. ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.

Dr Evil on February 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

How is this relevant to getting more algae in my car’s fuel tank?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The judge stated that the victim “should just be thankful he wasn’t killed, because that’s what would have happened in a Muslim country”.

Let’s expand this: “The openly gay protester who was making out in public should just be thankful he wasn’t killed, because that’s what would have happened in a Muslim country”

And: “the woman who was openly committing adultery should just be thankful she wasn’t killed, because that’s what would have happened in a Muslim country”

You OK with the above as well, Judge?

My Lord…… are we in trouble if this is not considered “News”.

Opposite Day on February 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The judge should be impeached by the Legislature for ruling in direct contradiction to the Constitution that he swore to uphold.

pedestrian on February 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

So then… why don’t the people in that community tar and feather the judge?

There does come a point, when it’s time to introduce these apparatchiks to some good old fashioned mob justice.

They won’t listen, they close off all avenues to remove or sanction them for their tyrannical behavior… well then… if people in my community were to decide to remedy a similar situation in the most appropriate remaining manner, I can guarantee I’d manage to see and hear nothing when the cops came by later asking questions.

“Nope, I don’t know how the fella got introduced to the most patriotic use of a length of rope and a street-lamp officer. Nope. Didn’t see nuthin. Didn’t hear nuthin either. Damn shame.”

SilverDeth on February 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

This judge needs to be pulled as fast as Joe Paterno was pulled. This is the type of ruling that will lead to vigilantism if heads don’t roll.

JohnGalt23 on February 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

BTW, does the militant atheist community even care about this? After all, Muslims are just a benign group of mostly peaceful exotic foreigners, whereas the real threat comes from the terrible, oppressive American Taliban-esque Christocracy.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Madness. This judge needs to be impeached.

What is happening to this country?

And why are the liberal media such cowards?

constitutionalconservative on February 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

What is the real pecking order?

gay trumps black (see Roland Martin)

muslim trumps atheist (this story)

What if it was a gay atheist? What happens then?

faraway on February 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I seem to recall just one of the Republican candidates for president addressing remedies for errant judges who deliver these types of anti-Constitutional decrees. The other Republican candidates mocked him for it. Again, we find that the ONLY reasoned and intelligent Republican candidate who will defend the Constitution is…..Newt.

I know the bashing will come. Please limit your Newt bashing to policy ideas, not how many wives or affairs he’s had, how he was (wrongly) accused by a congressional ethics committee, or any of the other People magazine type tripe thrown his way. This includes you, csdeven.

NOMOBO on February 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Just to be on the safe side: you guys would be just as outraged if the atheist had paraded as “Zombie Jesus” and the guy attacking had been an especially militant Lutheran, right? Please tell me that the moral here is not “Muslims are even bigger jerks than atheists” but rather “you don’t resolve religious disputes by way of choking in this country.”

Thanks in advance.

Time Lord on February 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Yes. When that starts happening, and the attacker isn’t bunged up in jail within five minutes, let us know. Our outrage mostly stems from the horrific response by the judge.

MadisonConservative on February 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Fabian islam!

OldEnglish on February 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

We all know the left won’t move a muscle to discipline this guy so it’s up to Pennsylvania Republicans. Hop to it.

They tell me if a Republican is elected President, then theocratic judges will start taking away my rights….

tidemonster on February 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

According to the election results, Judge Martin ran as a Republican and was unopposed except for a few write in votes.

Perhaps the Republicans in Cumberland County should visit with their state and local Republican Party officials about this matter.

MessesWithTexas on February 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

In other news Piggly Wiggly to expand to middle east!

tim c on February 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Just keep in mind when OK voters voted against sharia law in their state and cair sued the state? A judge said the law and voters could not do that and overruled the voters!

I will not submit to anything but my God, His Son, and His will. bho will not deal with the Christian in iran that is going to be killed for his faith and bho will not deal with Christians or Jews here or all over the world against the rop type, IMO.
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letget on February 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Opposite Day on February 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Pennsylvania needs a good house cleaning, when it comes to their judiciary, they have a history. Look at the Penn State Scandal. Look at that judge that was finding juveniles guilty to take kick backs from a boot camp for juveniles……this doesn’t surprize me Pennsylvania doesn’t have anything to brag about when it comes to their courts.

Feds seek Penn State trustees’ financial records related to Sandusky case.

The 68-year-old former defensive coordinator is charged with more than 50 counts of child sex abuse against children he allegedly knew from his charity. A state grand jury charged him in November and continues to investigate.
However, these subpoenas from federal investigators seem to indicate that a separate federal investigation is now also taking place.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Pennsylvania would not comment.

Looks like the Federal Government isn’t impressed with the Pennsylvania Court system either.

Dr Evil on February 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Allenpundit….Allenpundit…..Allenpundit

See, almost the same but a lot safer. You do want to be around to relish the 2018 midterms don’t you?

j/k I’m sure the right candidate has a handle on this whole Islamistamist thing.

j/k about anyone knowing anything.

BL@KBIRD on February 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

What if it was a gay atheist? What happens then?

faraway on February 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

More specifically, what if it was a gay atheist and a black muslim?

MadisonConservative on February 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

What if it was a gay atheist? What happens then?

faraway on February 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Islam is the biggest threat against civilization , so muslims trumps all “minorities”.

Oikophobia.

the_nile on February 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

This guy can’t carry out his duties as a judge with impartiality and objectiveness. To him Islam comes first … he has to be removed.

darwin on February 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

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