The red-green convergence in action

Renew America In what should be one of the most disturbing decisions made in modern American jurisprudence, a judge in Pennsylvania recently dismissed an assault case against a Muslim immigrant who blatantly attacked another person at a parade for exercising his first amendment rights. On Halloween night of last year, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania held a parade, and the victim, Ernest Perce, who is the state director of American Atheists, Inc., decided to walk in the parade dressed as a "Zombie Mohammed." While doing so, he was physically attacked from behind by Talaag Elbayomy, a Muslim, who choked him with the cord holding a sign around Mr. Perce's neck, and otherwise roughed him up, in front of a street full of witnesses. After the altercation, both men approached a Mechanicsburg law enforcement officer who was policing the event, and lodged complaints. The police office — rightly — sided with Mr. Perce. Elbayomy was arrested and charged with assault and battery.

Now, this seems like an open-and-shut case, right? Witnesses attest that the victim was assaulted by the defendant. There is video of the defendant assaulting the victim. The defendant himself admits that he assaulted the victim. This case wouldn't seem to require an intricate knowledge of the complexities of criminal case law to decide. Nevertheless, the judge in this case, Mark Martin (a Muslim convert), threw the case out, releasing the defendant. Further, not only did he do this, but he actually reprimanded the victim Mr. Perce for "insulting Islam,"

"Having had the benefit of having spent over 2 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 Koran here and I challenge you sir to show me where it says in the Koran that Mohammad arose and walked among the dead. I think you misinterpreted things. Before you start mocking someone else's religion you may want to find out a little bit more about it it makes you look like a dufus and Mr. (Defendant) is correct. In many Arabic speaking countries something like this is definitely against the law there. In their society in fact it can be punishable by death and it frequently is in their society...

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