Zombie Mo attack justified, says judge

Zombie Mo attack justified, says judge February 23, 2012

A US judge found a Pennsylvanian Muslim not guilty of a harassment charge brought after he attacked a man dressed as a zombie Mohammed during a Mechanicsburg hallowe’en parade.

Ernie Perce dressed as Zombie Mo (click on pic for video)

Not only did district Judge Mark Martin dismiss the case against Talaag Elbayomy, he called the victim, Ernie Perce,  a”doofus.”

Perce, one of a number of the Atheists of Central Pennsylvania group who participated in the parade, said that Elbayomy:

Grabbed me, choked me from the back, and spun me around to try to get my sign off that was wrapped around my neck.

Both men then reported the incident to Sgt Brian Curtis. After speaking to both victim and assailant, the copper concluded:

Mr Perce has the right to do what he did that evening, and the defendant in this case was wrong in confronting him.

Judge Martin, who has done several tours of duty in the Middle East, said Perce would be put to death in those societies for his crime, but Perce quite rightly wonders why that’s relevant in the US.

He let a man who is Muslim, because of his preference of his culture and his way of life, walk free from an attack.

But R Mark Thomas, who defended Elbayomy, applauded the judge.

I think this was a good dressing down by the judge. The so-called victim was the antagonist and we introduced evidence that clearly showed his attitude toward Muslims. The judge didn’t do anything I wouldn’t have done if I was in that position.

Although Elbayomy denied touching Perce, Curtis said he admitted grabbing Perce’s sign and beard on the night of the incident.

Talaag Elbayomy said he was at the parade with his wife and two kids and felt he just had to do something. In fact, he too called police because he thought it was a crime for someone to depict Mohammed in such a way.

Hat tip: Remigius

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  • AngieRS

    Yeah, pound to a penny, if the chap had been a christian he’d have jailed the muslim

  • Tony

    Zombie Mohammed and the Hordes of the Damned. Would make a great video game. As for the ‘victim was the antagonist’, when does the recipient of an unprovoked assault become the instigator? If he had been shot or stabbed, would the judicial system still regarded him as the instigator?

  • DC78

    Just listened to the court case, which is here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv9IyrpOnbs
    Ernie makes an interesting point, on his ‘on screen’ annotations. That the judge, knowing that he is an atheist, offers him a bible to swear on.
    The judge, knowing that Talaaq is a muslim, does not offer him a bible to swear on.
    Conclusion, the judge knows that it would be “offensive” to give a muslim a bible to swear on, but is happy to throw a bible in front of an atheist when it’s his turn to swear in.

  • I confess I have an attitude toward Islam. Sounds like Pennsylvania is, for the same reason if to a lesser degree, a place I should not go to like Iran. Thus my attitude toward Islam. An attitude of spitting contempt and merciless ridicule. The house of Muhammad is populated by crybabies, liars and murderers. May the twin suns of reason and scorn cleanse that sad old house but quickly. Confrontational? You bet. I would love nothing more than to see that moderate Muslim majority I hear exists to demonstrate I am wrong, to defang and neuter itself the way mainstream feel-good Christianity has largely secularized itself. I expect instead only keening of oppression from Muslims for atheists who have attitudes and utter silence on Muslims who assault people. What a sorry excuse for a deity Allah must be if his fan club is made up of such louts, busybodies and eternal victims.

  • Stuart H.

    So is Elbayomy saying it’s OK to make SOME images of Mo (as long as they’re nice cuddly ones) just bad to make ‘disrespectful’ ones?
    Well, that’s Islamic progress – of a sort!

  • Ian
  • remigius

    Looks like it ain’t over for ol’ Ernie Perce. He has just been threatened with jail for putting the recording of the trial on the youtubes.
    http://www.examiner.com/atheism-in-scranton/zombie-mohammad-ernest-perce-threatened-with-jail-for-releasing-audio-of-trial

  • DC78

    Ian, in the court case, the Judge does say that he is a Muslim himself.

  • remigius

    OT. Don’t forget that the debate between the Archbish of Cant and Richard Dawkins is being streamed live on the interwebs this afternoon…
    http://originsofnature.com/home.html
    So get some beers, get some Pringles, and enjoy!

  • Har Davids

    Pennsylvania, Afghanistan? How did this judge get his job, by reciting the Koran? He was biased in his summing-up, and in his dressing-down of Ernie Perce. I hope it isn’t going to end here, or nobody will be safe with Talaag Elbayomy wanna-bees amongst us. And why did this guy come over the US, if he wants to live in a society where his precious faith has priority over the – secular – law of the land? If he hasn’t got a green card yet, give him the boot.

  • john.c

    Watch out, a judge has just given every arsehole rugbutter the green light to attack anyone who causes them “offence”

  • L.Long

    Oklahoma was crazy for trying to get a law against SorryArse Law. Because we have the constitution and law so it would not be a problem. Ya! Right! we can see how that is working out.
    Actually, this is a perfect case of a mistrial and the guy should be bringing this to a higher court. Can he sue the judge? Get enough islamaphobes on the jury and the judge would be in big trouble. We can make fun of Cheeses all the time but cant do so to Mo??? That would tend to pissOff some Xtians.

  • barriejohn

    We won’t be hearing any more from the Americans about “Eurabia” then, I take it?

  • Glenn Davey

    Cancel all Muslim judges. They miscarry justice.

  • barriejohn

    What about Christian judges then? And Christian MPs!

  • Georgina

    @barriejohn: Since “secular” has been degraded and is now used by much of the MSM to mean “worships satan”, it is hard to find unbiased judges.
    Don’t American schools teach the constitution and history of Jefferson, Madison and Paine any more?

  • American Pie

    Why did Talaag Elbayomy go out of his way to attend an atheist parade? Premeditated antagonism. No, we don’t need any laws banning Sharia law, we just need judges that uphold US laws.

  • remigius

    American Pie. He took his family to see a Hallowe’en parade. Do try to keep up old chap.

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  • Dump Obama

    How fascinating. left wing Obama voting atheist gets bamboozled by an Obama voting judge. Most muslims in the US support democrats, most atheists support democrats. Maybe both parties should simply stop…take a breath, and start chanting Will.I.Am style:
    O! BA! MA! O! BA! MA! O! BA! MA! O! BA! MA! O! BA! MA!
    (i promise you’ll all feel better my little atheists, just chant his name..O! BA! MA! ad-infinitum, and all your problems will go away)

  • remigius

    Pillock!

  • jjmls

    Yeah but let someone defile Christ that way and let someone attack THEM and do you think for a second THEY would get off. NO! The only thing we would hear is how that person is giving Christians a bad name but this fool can attack someone becaus he is insulted and its ok. What garbage. I dont think ANYONE should be attacking ANYONE but IF they do – they should be treated equally. It is assault regardless of the reason. The thing that makes me the most upset – is that the JUDGE is SUPPOSED to be imparital – thats why we have judges yet this one is hugely biased and its ok?? He said in open court he was Muslim. If a Christian judge had let the guy off because he boasted on the stand that He was a Christian and its ok to assault someone who is a Muslim do you think for a nanosecond that he wouldnt be thrown OUT of the courtroom for that biased behavior?! This is insane. What has our world come to? The point is – physically assaulting someone is NOT protected under the constitution. Period.

  • Jenette

    A Christian judge would have ruled against the attacker even if the man was dressed as a zombie Jesus. It’s against the doctrine of Jesus Christ to attack anyone for any reason unless it’s for self defense. We are taught to turn the other cheek and love our enemies. In Islam, the man WAS following his religious doctrine by attacking someone insulting his beloved prophet. I wish Atheists would stop generalizing all religions as the same when some are as different as night and day. Stop judging those who believe in God like they are all stupid. Maybe I should judge all atheists as smart alec partying animals with no morals who act like they get their worldview from the show “family guy” like it really seems like many of them do the way they act. If they want to judge Christians based on one crazy one they happen to find…..that’s how i judge athiests because many many many of them act this way.

  • Alabaster

    So it begins. US judges making decisions based, not on US law, but Sharia law. Years from now, when people are looking at the complete shit-hole the world has become, and they ask exactly when western civilization was destroyed by third-world maniacs who refuse to evolve out of the stupid ages, we can answer with an exact time and date.

  • Winston Smith

    Pennsylvania “JUDICIARY AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
    § 3151. Oath of office.
    Each judicial officer shall, before entering on the duties of his office, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation before a person authorized to administer oaths:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”
    Any person refusing to take the oath or affirmation shall forfeit his office. A judicial officer shall be sworn upon his appointment or election, and after each retention election, and thereafter need not be sworn in any matter referred to him.”
    He has VIOLATED his Oath of Office! Why is he still on the Bench?
    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.031.051.000..HTM
    (emphasis mine)

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