Thursday, September 6, 2012

Amish on the Slippery Slope

CLEVELAND — The sheriff in a county with one of the nation’s biggest Amish settlements testified Wednesday that residents were upset and screaming after a community leader had his beard and hair cut by fellow Amish in a nighttime home invasion.
No big deal, right?  A more stringent sect of Amish decided to do a little barbering on the Amish bishops (didn't even know they had such things) because the "flock had lost their way." 

On the surface, it seems like a minor case in which there were some internal disagreements as to where the religion and lifestyle were headed.  It happens.  Opinions vary.  However, there is a very big significance to this case, and it has nothing to do with the Amish.

 Attorneys for the defendants have not denied that the hair cuttings took place and said in the opening statements that members of the breakaway group took action out of compassion and concern that some Amish were straying from their beliefs. Defense attorneys also contended that the Amish are bound by different rules guided by their religion and that the government shouldn’t get involved in what amounted to a family or church dispute.
Ah...there's the rub.  Amish are bound by different rules guided by their religion.  Hmmmm...where have I heard that before?  And, why does it make my stomach churn?   Oh, right.

A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed charges against a Muslim man who physically attacked an atheist dressed as “Zombie Muhammad” during the Mechanicsburg, Pa. Halloween parade.

Talaag Elbayomy, a 46-year-old Muslim man, allegedly attacked Ernest Perce V, who was dressed as “Zombie Muhammad” and walking with a man dressed as “Zombie Pope” during the October parade. Both men were members of the Parading Atheists of Central Pennsylvania.
Are you getting it now?  A judge in Pennsylvania decided to apply Sharia Law (Islamic Law) to a case in PA and let the defendant skate because he had beeen blasphemized or some such nonsense. 

Judge Mark Martin threw out a grainy video of the attack and explained that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Elbayomy of the harassment charge.

Martin further dressed down Perce for his insensitive behavior, going so far as to call him a doofus and telling him that in Muslim societies he could have been put to death for mocking Muhammad.
You can bet the US Clerics of the Muslim faith are watching this Cleveland Amish case.  Because if the defense is ruled valid by the Court...well, let's just hope that doesn't happen. 

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