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Who needs the First Amendment anyway?

In the past, I have firmly stated my position on the burning of the American Flag. While it is a despicable act of disrespect, it is NOT, nor should it be, illegal. Actions such as that are given full protection under the First Amendment. They are nonviolent acts of protest, and should be given all of the Constitutional protections afforded to it.

That principle applies across the board, no matter what symbol is being burned, destroyed, or otherwise defaced. As long as that symbol is the property of the one who is defacing it, no crime has been committed.

However, in this day and age, such Constitutional protections are only given when the symbol being defaced is an American or Christian symbol. If that symbol belongs to the Islamic faith, all bets are off. Such is the case at Pace University.

“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.”

This arrest is utterly outrageous. While Shmulevich’s alleged actions are quite offensive to Muslims, they are not, and should not be, a crime. Provided that Quran was his property, no crime was committed. Even if he stole that Quran (which I suspect is the case), the only crimes he is guilty of would be theft and destruction of property, both misdemeanors. Yet, Stanislav Shmulevich is being charged with 2 counts of the ever-looming “hate crime,” which are, by the way, felony charges.

This is a prime example as to why hate crime legislation is a travesty to justice. They are not punishing action, they are punishing thought. In this case, they are punishing thoughts and actions which are protected under the First Amendment. But, that is the beauty of hate crime legislation. Constitutional protections be damned. We must criminalize the act of offending people!

Do you not see a problem with this? Nowhere are we guaranteed the right to not be offended. It doesn’t exist. The only rights being violated here are those of Stanislav Shmulevich.

Of course you can guess who pressured the school administration and the police to take action:

"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."

Muslim “activists” were outraged by the desecration of their holy book. Apparently, their outrage overrides the Constitution of the United States of America. And, you just know that CAIR had to get involved:

"Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the national CAIR office in Washington, D.C., has said the organization receives frequent reports of Quran desecrations in the United States, especially postings on Internet sites, but seldom makes them public.

He said CAIR decided to speak out about the Pace incidents because Muslim students are impacted by the creation of what could be viewed as a hostile campus environment."


You might be interested to know that Ibrahim Hooper has stated in the past that he would like to see America subject to Islamic law:

"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future. But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."


I’d say that with cases such as this, Hooper is winning some major victories in realizing his dream. When the First Amendment is set aside because Muslims are offended, we have a serious problem.

1 Comments:

  • THIS HATE CRIME IS DAMAGING OUR COMMUNITY. SAY NO TO KORANS IN TOILETS!

    I and other members of our diverse community wish to denounce in the strongest possible terms the current craze for flushing the Koran down the toilet, as started by a certain Mr Stanislav Shmulevich [see http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=26463_The_Koran_Complaint&only ]

    These Islamophobes think they are making a political or religious statement in sending this book into the sewers, but do they realise just what harm they're doing? Where do they think these soggy, smelly Korans go to? They don't just harmlessly dissappear, I can tell you!

    I am a member of a diverse community of single celled organisms who work in the activitated sludge at a sewage treatment plant. Our community is composed of bacteria, amoebae, Spirotrichs, Peritrichs, Vorticellids etc who were all working happily side by side to process human wastes and render them harmless, until all this Koran-flushing business started.

    Between us, we microbes can biodegrade any normal pee or poo. But these Korans have got us beat. They are toxic supershiite. We've never seen crap like it, not even the stuff that comes out of the toilets in government offices.

    What's worse is the danger of the development of militant cells. As you are no doubt all aware, if the Koran comes into contact with certain low and primitive life-forms it can turn them into virulent killers. I'm afraid this could happen to some members of our previously well-integrated microbial community. I and my fellow protozoans have got more sense than to be affected by this crap, but some of the previously harmless bacteria could turn pathogenic and escape from the sewage treatment plant to cause havoc. That's why flushing the koran is such a serious hate-crime.


    So next time you're tempted to wipe your botty on Sura 5:33, spare a thought for all of us at the other end of the sewer. There are alternative environmentally acceptable ways to dispose of unwanted korans. Have you thought of using the pages as beer-mats, or as kitchen towels to absorb the excess fat from your fried bacon?

    A. Meba

    By Anonymous A. Meba, At July 30, 2007 7:35 PM  

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