Monday, July 11, 2005

Putting Islam on the Stand

From Legal Times via Robert Spencer's Dhimmi Watch:

Edward MacMahon, the Middleburg lawyer who defended Ali Al-Timimi, is now trying to seek a new trial on the grounds that prosecutors secured the guilty verdict by appealing to religious bigotry against Muslims. The prosecutor told jurors that Al-Timimi would lie and couldn't be trusted to tell the truth on account of his religious belief.

Spencer cites the Quran 16:606:

any one who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief - except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith - but such as open their breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty

In the Legal Times article, MacMahon draws equivalencies between verses from the Quran and verses from the Bible:

'Since the attacks of Sept. 11, MacMahon, who also represents convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, has received a crash course in Islam. But during a recent interview, it was a story from the Old Testament -- the violent tale of the Battle of Jericho -- that was on the 44-year-old Catholic's mind.

According to the Bible, Joshua leads a force of 40,000 to take over the land of Canaan. After sending spies into a brothel to gather intelligence, the force conquers the city and slaughters its inhabitants, claiming the land as its own.

"If I told the story to a crowd of Christians, would I be telling them to go lie or to kill or to seek out prostitutes? Would I be responsible for inciting a riot?" MacMahon asks.'

Of course not. The story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho is told as history, while Muslims believe that Allah is speaking directly to them (indeed, many of the verses are stated as imperatives). Another attempt to draw moral equivalencies between Islam on one hand and Christianity and Judaism on the other.

Read the whole of the Legal Times article. You'll be appalled at the proposals and suggestions, which will subvert the judicial system.

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