Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Dressing Like a Satanist in Court

OMG, it’s just like the Muslims! The Worldnutdaily has a silly article whining about a man charged with murder being allowed to dress like a satanist:

Florida trial Judge Peter Adrien has ruled that a satanist on trial for allegedly killing and dismembering another man, then eating portions of the body, may wear his full religious regalia when he defends himself in court…

“His argument was that if Muslims have a constitutional right for their religious beliefs to be recognized by the government, then he does,” Walker told WND.

Walker told WND it was the first time he’s ever heard that a defendant will be allowed to wear satanic garb, and carry the satanic bible, during a murder trial.

First of all, let’s make this clear: the defendant, whether he’s guilty of murder or not, is a first class moron. The only thing he’s gonna do is make the jury more biased against him and make a conviction more likely. But the folks at Worldnutdaily are equally idiotic for throwing a fit about it and complaining about Muslims being able to dress like…well, Muslims in court. By what possible reasoning could you refuse them the right to dress in court as they do in everyday life?

Wait till you see how they conclude the article:

WND reported earlier this year about a dispute that ended up authorizing the use of the Quran in court. The North Carolina case was resolved when Judge Paul Ridgeway concluded any religious text is all right for witnesses and jurors to use to be sworn in by.

The case had been brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of several Muslims. However, the JihadWatch website, questioned the decision.

“How can we be sure he will be telling the truth if he swears on the Quran? The Quran tells Muslims that they may utter unbelief if ‘under compulsion,'” the website said, citing Quran, verse 16:106: “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.”

For crying out loud, that verse says the opposite of what they want it to say. It says that, for a Muslim, telling a lie brings down the wrath of Allah unless the lie is compelled (meaning someone holds a gun to your head or some similar circumstance). Are these people incapable of reading?