Monthly Archives: February 2012
There is a surprising story out of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania that seems the perfect storm of religious tensions. You begin with Ernie Perce, an atheist who marched as a zombie Mohammad in the Mechanicsburg Halloween parade. Then you add Talaag Elbayomy, a Muslim who stepped off a curb and reportedly attacked Perce for insulting the Prophet. Then you have a judge (Judge Mark Martin) who threw out the criminal charges against Elbayomy and ridiculed the victim, Perce. The Judge identifies himself as a Muslim and says that Perce conduct is not what the First Amendment is supposed to protect. [UPDATE: The judge says he is not a Muslim despite what is heard by most listeners on the tape. That being the case, the criticism of the comments remains.] [UPDATE2: Perce has responded to our blog and denied many of the factual representations made by Judge Martin].
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- Published 05:27 23.02.12
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Huffington Post report follows revelation that parents of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized, along with Mitt Romney’s atheist father-in-law Edward Davies.
Shameful, not because of what it does to those they baptized, they no longer know nor care what anyone thinks of them, but shameful for what it does to their families. Trampling on the memories and beliefs of someone you loved and who is no longer here to defend themselves all in the name of a religion that was started by a known con man. Shameful.
Added: Saturday, 18 February 2012 at 8:56 AM – An RDFRS Original
17 February 2012 Last updated at 05:47 ET
Italy’s Catholic Church faces an annual multi-million euro bill over government plans to strip it of its tax-exempt status.