February 28, 2012
'Zombie Muhammad' Judge Defends Ruling
The judge, who ruled against an Atheist who depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad as a zombie, defended his ruling which seemed to condone the actions of a Muslim attacker.
He told CNN during a phone interview:
"With rights come responsibilities. The more people abuse our rights, the more likely that we're going to lose them. We need to start policing up our own actions, using common sense, in how we deal with others."
So, exercising your First Amendment right in a way that offends someone is abusing your right?
I disagree. If we allow threats of violence to silence us for fear of offending someone, then we've already lost the right to free speech. We don't protect our rights by not exercising them. And we don't protect our rights by cowering to political correctness. We protect our rights by using them every chance we get, and by making certain no individual is able to suppress our rights simply by claiming he is offended.
Rather than scold and berate Ernest Perce for using his First Amendment right to, as Judge Mark Martin put it, "piss off other people," it would have better served our Constitutional values to remind all new immigrants to this country - including the Muslim attacker Talaag Elbayomy - that the oppressive laws of their homeland do not apply in America. Judge Martin should have scolded the perpetrator in this case, not the victim. He should have criticized Mr. Elbayomy's behavior and made it clear violence is never an acceptable response to critical speech.
In the phone interview, Judge Mark Martin also denied being a Muslim, despite the Youtube.com video in which he apparently says, "I'm a Muslim..." Giving him the benefit of doubt, his Dhimmi ruling in favoring an attacker over the victim is even worse. It shows he is either too frightened of offending a certain religious group to dispense justice or he is too politically correct to rule justly.
Either way, he isn't fit to be a judge.