July 30, 2007, - 1:27 pm
What You Flush Down the Toilet Could Get You Arrested: The End of Free Speech for Non-Muslims in America
By Debbie Schlussel
You know those free speech rights that Muslim activists are constantly whining about, when it comes to their free speech rights–actually, when it goes beyond First Amendment rights and goes to their attempts to foment terrorism?
Well, they don’t seem to care a whit about your free speech rights. Just ask Stanislav Shmulevich, the student at Pace University, charged with TWO FELONIES for trying to flush a Koran down the toilet. It’s been reported on extensively at Little Green Footballs and my friend, Islam expert Dr. Andrew Bostom, has a good column on it.
Read it. Their free speech–na’am (yes); Your free speech–leh (no). America must end its double standard for us infidels, or pretty soon there will only be one standard, courtesy of the Koran.
Thanks to reader Ari for the tip. He’s a lawyer and writes:
I (1) Live in NY state. And (2) Each of the toilets in my home is adorned with a Saudi flag, because it contains the Shahada [DS: Islamic oath, uttered upon conversion to Islam; also known as Oath of Martyrdom], the basic moslem creed. I figured I can express my opinion about islam several times a day.
Nobody’s coming to my house to look at my toilets. I’m not going to get arrested. It’s a clear first amendment thing.
Writes reader Duane:
If you google church vandalism, I think you will find a very high number of Christian and Jewish churches and temples that have suffered far greater damage that were written-off to silly juvenile pranks.
Yup. But Shmulevich spent a night in jail already and was charged with two felonies. There’s no way these criminal charges stand. Completely unconstitutional.
More on this outrage from LGF:
First, Shmulevich was arrested and jailed for 24 hours. Second, he’s not facing misdemeanor charges–he’s being charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment.
Felonies. For putting a book in a toilet.
Third, his income is on a borderline that disqualifies him for a public defender, so he stands to suffer incredible financial hardship as well.
Fourth, his name and photograph were published in several newspapers in New York, and he and his mother were ambushed outside the court by reporters. In a case like this, clearly with the potential to enrage radical Muslims, this is so irresponsible of the media that it borders on criminal.
Do we still live in a country that values free speech? This case is pretty good evidence that we do not. Mr. Shmulevich is caught in a Kafkaesque nightmare right out of the Soviet Union, and it’s all happening at the demand of the Muslim Student Association and the Council on American Islamic Relations.
Take our country back before we lose it permanently, Dhummis [not you, the readers of this site; but the rest of the people who are sound asleep, far too many in America].
Tags: America, Andrew Bostom, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islam, lawyer, Muslim Student Association, New York, Pace University, Soviet Union, Stanislav Shmulevich