Yesterday was the big day when Zombie Muhammad was expected to flog a Qur’an with a cat ‘o nine tails at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Judging by the nonexistent press coverage, even in the local paper, the event was a bust, if it happened at all.
Last July, Ernest Perce V, director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of American Atheists, announced he would protest if the state House of Representatives didn’t drop its “Year of Religious Diversity” resolution. Last March he also protested a “Year of the Bible” resolution with a controversial anti-Christian billboard:
Atheist group’s slave billboard in Allison Hill neighborhood called racist, ineffective
A Harrisburg billboard’s depiction of a slave with a spiked metal collar around his neck rises to the level of a hate crime, said a retired Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission director, who plans to report it.
The billboard, which says “Slaves, obey your masters,” a quote from the Bible, was paid for by the groups American Atheists and Pennsylvania Nonbelievers. It went up Tuesday morning at 13th and Paxton streets in the Allison Hill neighborhood, the city’s most racially diverse section, angering some African-Americans, including clergy, legislators, the mayor and the president of the local NAACP branch.
The billboard company rarely takes down signs, a spokesman said.
The full article and the billboard can be viewed here. Apparently Perce’s hatred for Islam has softened his stance toward Christians. He expressly invited them, and the rest of the community, to join him in his “Flog a Quran” hatefest.
His special animosity toward Islam apparently stems in part from an incident during a Halloween parade last fall, where he was confronted by an angry Muslim while marching as Zombie Muhammad. Citing a lack of evidence, a judge dismissed the subsequent harassment case in February, setting off a firestorm of controversy. The judge was said to be a Muslim (he wasn’t) enforcing blasphemy laws under Sharia in a Pennsylvania court.
Of course the judge made no reference to any Islamic sources of law, and Perce wasn’t charged with “blasphemy,” nor was he deprived of his right to free speech and public displays of belligerence. He could have gone out the very night of the verdict and paraded as Zombie Muhammad. In any case, the loons went wild, and a lynch mob mentality prevailed.
Who knows why “Flog a Quran Day” failed to draw much attention. Maybe it never happened, or maybe it did and no one cared. In any case, Perce is not giving up his vendetta against Judge Martin.
Now it seems he’s feeling litigious, and has turned to The Legal Project, a right wing “think tank” founded by anti-Muslim bigot, Daniel “A Muhammad Cartoon a Day” Pipes. The Legal Project is affiliated with the anti-Muslim hate site, the Middle East Forum:
‘Zombie Mohammad’ Wants Judge Removed from Bench
…Last October, atheist Ernest Perce dressed in a “zombie Mohammad” costume to march in a Halloween parade in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and was attacked by a Muslim in the crowd. But Perce was subsequently arrested by a local police officer. Cumberland County Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin then dismissed the harassment charges Perce filed against Talaag Elbayomy, his Muslim attacker, and instead called Perce a “doofus”, citing the Islamic faith and anti-blasphemy sharia laws as a rationale for the physical assault (see earlier story).
Sam Nunberg of The Legal Project, an activity of the Middle East Forum, which is representing Perce. He has a problem with Judge Martin’s recognition of sharia law.
“This ruling throws out our United States Constitution, throws out our First Amendment, puts Islamic anti-blasphemy defamation of religion laws over our First Amendment, gives it binding in the court system, and lets the defendant off of a crime, rationalizing that what he did would not be wrong in Islamic countries,” Nunberg summarizes.
When a complaint was filed about Martin, the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board only “privately rebuked” him for his ruling.
Read the rest here
If the loons succeed in getting Judge Martin removed from the bench, it won’t be the first time their petty grievances damaged someone’s career. Last June, some loons dredged up a seven year old academic paper and managed to oust a Muslim doctor from the prestigious Mayo Clinic for nothing more than a “thought crime.”
The loons are incestuous, well organized, and tenacious. In the current climate, it’s hard to predict what might happen next.