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Loon “Flog a Quran Day” was a Bust

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by Ilisha

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 Diversityâ€? 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.

Judge Martin had to relocate out of fear of retribution, as the story went viral in the looniverse. Coverage of the incident on Loonwatch led to a vigorous debate in the comments here.

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.

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  • Sarah Brown

    I commend Loonwatch’s commitment to freedom of expression! But I must protest against what seems to be DrM’s anti-seionysm. 😉

  • Basil

    DrMoron spouting his garbage and hate again, unchallenged by the loonwatch admins who are apparently blind to any hate that isn’t directed at Muslims. DrM and the like are more damaging to the anti-islamaphobia movement than the islamaphobes could ever be. If there’s someone loonwatch should consider banning in their own best interest…:

    Or will you continue to pretend that you don’t have a blatant double-standard and bias?

  • DrM

    sarah brown :

    “Although DrM is keen to remind us that some in those countries would respond with violence to any mockery of Islam (and clearly revels in that thought)”:

    And who better to lecture on violence then the likes of you, correct? Such secular pretentiousness from the most violent and destructive people ever to walk the earth. I’ve never shed a tear for racist bigots and instigators getting their asses kicked, I don’t intend to start now.

    “I think this response is better.”

    I don’t. Carlos Latuff’s cartoons are way better.

  • JD

    ‘Gerontas Pastitsios’ Pastafarian Facebook Page Leads To Blasphemy …

    27-year-old man has been arrested by Greek police for what the authorities called “malicious blasphemy,” according to a HuffPost translation of a press release.

    Police allege that the man managed a Facebook page that lampooned the deceased Eastern Orthodox monk Elder Paisios, a widely popular religious figure, using the name “Gerontas (Elder) Pastitsios.”

    Pastitsios is a Greek pasta dish, and the page parodied the monk and his work in the vein of Pastafarianism, a lighthearted, satirical movement that promotes irreligion. In a screen shot of the group’s Facebook page, which now appears to have been removed from the social network, Elder Paisios is shown with a plate of pastitsios.

    The unidentified man was arrested at his home in Athens on Friday following complaints received by the Greek police’s “Cyber Crimes” bureau. Police confiscated the man’s laptop and “determined that he was indeed the person who created and managed” the Facebook page, according to a HuffPost translation of the Greek police press release.

    According to Reddit user “DeSaad,” who posted a thread about the arrest to the social news site, the manager of the page used it to publish satirical images and articles about the Greek Orthodox faith and Elder Paisios. The Redditor claimed that this angered members of the Greek right-wing political party Golden Dawn, who called for the man’s arrest under Greece’s anti-blasphemy laws.

    However, a Digital Journal translation of a Greek news source claims that theFacebook page was under investigation prior to the political party’s condemnation of it.

    The arrest has sparked outrage across the Internet. The hashtag #FreeGeronPastitiostrended strongly on the Greek Twittersphere, Business Insider reports.

    A petition addressed to the Greek parliament demands the immediate release of the accused man and the abolishment of anti-blasphemy laws in Greece.

    Blasphemy in Greece carries a fine of up to 3,000 euros (about $3,800), and up to 2 years imprisonment, according to

    Pastafarianism, also known as theChurch of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is a parody religion founded in the United States that opposes, among other things, the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools.

  • Sarah Brown

    Although DrM is keen to remind us that some in those countries would respond with violence to any mockery of Islam (and clearly revels in that thought) I think this response is better.

  • This is a good article by Glenn Greenwald

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  • DrM

    Another atheist idiot playing “cultural Christian” ala Dawkins to promote hatred against Muslims. I would invite him and like minded scum to try this gimmick in Cairo or Dhaka. Should be amusing to watch.

  • Sarah Brown

    I am happy (provisionally) to move towards the Ilisha/Garibaldi position, while still finding the commentary hugely annoying.

  • Garibaldi

    I agree with Ilisha. The facts are different than what is presented on HP, also while the judge’s commentary on the case may have been unnecessary or unhelpful, his judgement was based solely on US law. What I find more disconcerting is the campaign to have this judge taken off the bench, and where is the outrage over the fact that he has had to relocate his offices due to intimidation and threats from Perce supporters?

  • Sarah Brown

    I think I part company both with the loons and with Ilisha on this one. The Sharia stuff is ridiculous – the suggestion the Judge was a Muslim was false but a little less ridiculous. On the other hand I found aspects of the judgement unsettling.

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  • mindy1

    WTF are these people trying to do??? :/

  • @Ilisha,

    It was apparently such a bust that this was they only place I heard about it.

  • Steve

    “A Harrisburg billboard’s depiction of a slave with a spiked metal collar around his neck rises to the level of a hate crime”

    How does it?

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