Firenze Sage: Happy Halloween falls to Islam… [American judge OK's Muslim attack on man in Halloween costume]Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
A victim wearing a Halloween costume in Pennsylvania was attacked by a Muslim, Talaag Elbayomy. The attacker said that the Halloween costume was a version of the Prophet Muhammad and hence the attack was justified.
The attack was recorded on film and witnessed by a police officer. The police promptly arrested the assailant, who was later charged with harassment.
But, as legal scholar Jonathan Turley notes in his blog, the judge who heard the case dismissed the case on the grounds that the offense to Islam was not protected speech.
The judge also lectured the victim on the wrongheaded nature of his views. Judge Mark Martin’s decision was based on the idea that the assailant, one Talaag Elbayomy, was merely defending “his culture.”
It may only be one judge now, but such views are creeping into the culture.