Ireland: Judge who said “Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives” apologizes and asks forgiveness for “incorrect” remark

HalpinJudge Halpin said that he “had no intention of referring to, or offending Muslims or their religion,” apologized, and asked for “forgiveness.” In reference to his earlier remark, he said: “I would like to state that nothing could be further from the truth. I accept that I made the remark, but what I intended to say, and should have said, was that people who beat their partners do not appreciate the provisions of safety or protection orders, and they need intervention and education in that regard.”

This wording is lawyerly, and so it worth parsing carefully. It is unclear what Judge Halpin means by “I would like to state that nothing could be further from the truth.” Clearly the implication is that nothing could be further from the truth than the idea that Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives, but there is room in the statement for the Judge to have meant that not all Muslims, but only some Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives. At least that last statement has the benefit of being true.

What could have moved Judge Halpin to apologize and backtrack so abjectly on what was a demonstrably true statement? Almost certainly it was the prospect of career suicide: of being tarred as an “Islamophobe” and “bigot,” and consequently facing no more appointments to higher courts, and possibly even removal from the bench. So he kowtows, as so many do.

An update on this story. “Judge asks for ‘forgiveness’ and apologises for ‘incorrect’ Muslim remark,” by Denise Calnan for the Independent.ie, March 29 (thanks to John):

Migrant groups urged the Judge Anthony Halpin to withdraw his comment after he made the remark in Tallaght District Court on Thursday.

Judge Halpin has said that he ‘had no intention of referring to, or offending Muslims or their religion’ and apologised for the hurt caused and asked for their ‘forgiveness’.

In a statement issued today, he said; “I would like to state that nothing could be further from the truth.”

“ I accept that I made the remark, but what I intended to say, and should have said, was that people who beat their partners do not appreciate the provisions of safety or protection orders, and they need intervention and education in that regard.”

The Immigrant Council of Ireland had called on the Judge to withdraw the remark.

“While we have not seen the court record the remarks as reported to us are disappointing, wrong and offensive.

“People in positions of authority in the community have a particular duty not to feed racism or xenophobia, this applies to politicians, local media commentators and members of the judiciary. The remarks should either be withdrawn or clarified as a matter of urgency,” a spokesperson said.

Junior Minister Joe Costello said the judge should clarify the remark.

“It certainly was a gratuitous statement and on the surface it sounds insulting and gratuitous and he should immediately clarify the remarks,” Mr Costello told the Herald.

Dr Taufiq Al Sattar said the comments were in contradiction to all religious teachings.

“No religion says you should hurt anybody and no religion says you should harm anybody. We all have to be tolerant. We all have to compromise

“No religion says you hurt anybody, not your wife or your neighbour or anyone. This is common sense,” the cleric, who established a prayer centre in west Dublin, said.

Judge Halpin, who started sitting in the Tallaght court in September 2011, made the comments in relation to Muslims during the case of Khadar Younis (46),of Belfry Hall in Citywest, Dublin, who had denied breaking into his divorced wife’s home while she was asleep in bed. He also pleaded not guilty to breaking a protection order and being in the possession of a knife while in the house.

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Comments

  1. ralph3796 says

    Yep; he needs to apologize to these Low Life Islam Idiots and help them go back to their Countries, wherever they came from. There has never been a sorrier bunch of zealots, murders, rapist, pedophile, conniving IDIOTS to walk the earth.

  2. ralph3796 says

    “The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing the Islamic State.”

    By-Laws of the International Muslim Brotherhood

    “Killing is to continue until the unbelievers pay jizyah after they are humbled or overpowered.”

    Islam and Modernism, Taqi Usmani (2006)

    Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani

    One of the leading Islamic Scholars alive today.

    Deputy Chairman, Fiqh Council for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

    Former Judge, Pakistani Supreme Court

    “We do not disassociate Islam from war. On the contrary, disassociating Islam from war is the reason for our defeat. We are fighting in the name of Islam. Religion must lead to war.”

    Qatar TV, February 25, 2006

    Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi

    Preeminent Islamic Scholar in the world

    Leading Legal Jurist of the International Muslim Brotherhood

    Chairman – International Union of Muslim Scholars

    “This means that you wage war so that the evil sovereignty of beings other than that of Allah is wiped out and only the law of God operates in the world.”

    U.S. Training Guide for Muslims published in approximately 2002 by

    Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS)

    “To be true Muslims we must prepare and be ready for jihad in Allah’s way…The military education is glued to the faith and it’s meaning, and the duty to follow it.”

    Islamic High School text book, Islamic Center of Oakland (and elsewhere)

    “This country (America) will become a Muslim country.”

    Former Islamic Advisor to President Clinton and convicted Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi

    Islamic Association for Palestine (Hamas) 2006 National Conference (U.S.)

  3. ralph3796 says

    So you can see that these Sorry Muslim’s want to Rule The Earth and than what will they do? Still Fight Amongst themselves as they have been doing for centuries.

  4. Champ ✿ says

    >>Judge Halpin said that he “had no intention of referring to, or offending Muslims or their religion,” apologized, and asked for “forgiveness.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Speaking the truth about islam and company will *always* offend muslims, don’tcha know …

    And forget about “forgiveness”, since you’re digging yourself in deeper with muslims, even with this new-and-improved statement:

    >>In reference to his earlier remark, he said: “I would like to state that nothing could be further from the truth. I accept that I made the remark, but what I intended to say, and should have said, was that people who beat their partners do not appreciate the provisions of safety or protection orders, and they need intervention and education in that regard.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Anything short of *completely* agreeing with what’s written in their unholy quran will upset and offend muslims. You must remain a good dhimmi and simply shut your mouth.

    • Bob Smith says

      “Anything short of *completely* agreeing with what’s written in their unholy quran will upset and offend muslims”

      Not so. Saying that it’s ok to beat your wife completely agrees with what’s in the Quran. The crime is an infidel noticing it.

    • infidel2U says

      I think the next story we read will be about this judge’s horribly executed death. I think there’s no getting around the fact that as the Jihad continues it also ramps up and gets more violent by the day. This poor judge, in trying to backpedal and save face, will now most likely be killed while Muslims riot in the streets

  5. WVinMN says

    Most of us post at Jihad Watch anonymously, therefore, it could be argued that calling out Judge Halpin’s disgraceful behavior is cowardly in a “chicken hawk” sort of manner. However, most of us aren’t judges (or politicians, religious leaders, etc.) and do not wield anywhere near the influence of such men. You want to be elected/selected to such positions of power? Fine, but then you should be held to a much higher standard than the average citizen. Judge Halpin is a coward and should resign in position in disgrace.

    • Mirren10 says

      ” You want to be elected/selected to such positions of power? Fine, but then you should be held to a much higher standard than the average citizen.”

      Exactly.

      To whom much is given, much is expected.

      But I’m not surprised; I was waiting for the grovelling apology.

    • KnowThyEnemy says

      They ARE holding him to a higher standard than the average citizen. They want him not to be a Islamophobe, bigot, or xenophobe. And like a good public servant judge Halpin has apologised for the hurt caused and has asked for their ‘forgiveness’, and supposedly has promised to continuously meet the higher standard in the future.

      Hence things ARE happening exactly how you want them happen :)

  6. vickie says

    “ I accept that I made the remark, but what I intended to say, and should have said, was that people who beat their partners do not appreciate the provisions of safety or protection orders, and they need intervention and education in that regard.”

    But what he is really thinking – in other words Muslims who beat their wives are a sorry bunch of ignorant, uncivilized dimwits who need their sorry butts kicked.

  7. Wellington says

    I wonder what percentage of Irish know full well that what this judge first said is the truth. Not sure but it has to be greater than it would have been ten (and certainly twenty) years ago had an Irish judge publicly opined as this judge did before the standard pro forma apology for speaking the truth about Islam.

    Though the Western elites keep playing a great pretend game about Mohammedanism, sinking inexorably into the body politic of one Western nation after another is the realization that Islam is full of pathologies in a way that no other major faith is, that it constantly makes trouble for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and that it is inimical to true liberty. And so I remain optimistic long term.

      • Wellington says

        Of course, Henry, I wish it were high, but it still has to be higher than it would have been ten or twenty years ago (be wary of most polls for they are surely slanted two out of three times in your standard pc/mc direction).

        Nonetheless, I think it will take a long time for Western folks (like the Irish, the Americans, the English, the Australians, the Dutch, etc.) to realize that Islam sucks all around, that it is, in effect, spiritual Nazism.

        The causes for this “delay” are multiple, some laudatory, (e.g., a tolerance for other cultures which no civilization has embraced more so than has Western Civilization) and some not laudatory at all (e.g., a stupid and suicidal denigration of Western Civilization by certain Westerners themselves). In any case, I still remain optimistic respecting the opinion that those in the West in the aggregate are “getting” Islam more and more and that the main problem remains with the Western elites who are, again speaking in the aggregate, doofuses (even traitors) on the highest level. In short, defeating Islam’s intentions on the West, for the West, is very much a “ground-up” phenomenon and not at all in a direction directed by “the best and the brightest.” Arguably, no Western elite has failed its constituents more so than has the present Western elite. Hell, even Chamberlain increased war production after Hitler took over the rest of Czechosolovakia in March of 1939.

        Well, if I’m wrong, we (the West) are in even greater trouble than I think we are presently. Time will tell. Fluid times we live in no doubt.

  8. says

    This man Judge Halpin needs to resign forthwith he would never stand for the truth when a push comes to a shove … he already has caved in to Islam and is clearly a coward Ralph 3796 has said it all

  9. duh_swami says

    ‘First you say you do, but then you don’t, then you say you will, but then you won’t. Your undecided now so what are you going to do’?
    Why, belly up, roll over and play dead, and hope they don’t hurt you, of course.

  10. Gleaner1 says

    A man this ignorant about Islamic beliefs may be suited to another line of work, he’s plainly not cut out for the present one.

    You Tube:- The enforced destruction of the Irish people has begun.

  11. pdxnag says

    Suppose he were to cite the precise passage where Muslims are encouraged under Sharia to beat their wives and then state unapologetically and with certainty that this is bad and must not be adhered to in a civil society?

    Alternatively, failure to do so must mean he supports wife beating by Muslims, and perhaps non-Muslims as well. There really is no way to just sit on the fence any more.

  12. RG says

    Oh my, what ever is that pungent odor that I detect??? Judge Halpin, please turn around, it appears there is some sort of brown spot on the back of your trousers!
    OH MY, MY, MY!!!!

  13. dumbledoresarmy says

    He’s an Irishman.

    He needs to man up, and read what one of his compatriots, the late Conor Cruise O’Brien, had to say about Islam and Muslims. O’Brien did not mince his words.

    Here (on the subject of the illusory distinction between “fundamentalist Islam” and some other supposed kind of Islam):

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-lesson-of-algeria-islam-is-indivisible-1566770.html

    CONOR CRUISE O’BRIEN
    Friday 6 January 1995
    The lesson of Algeria: Islam is indivisible

    And here (on the subject of the Salman Rushdie fatwa).

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/islam-back-to-the-dark-ages-we-should-not-repeal-the-enlightenment-to-appease-ayatollahs-says-conor-cruise-obrien-1382946.html

    Islam: back to the Dark Ages: We should not repeal the Enlightenment to appease Ayatollahs, says Conor Cruise O’Brien

    And, since the subject was the mohammedan family, here is what Mr O’Brien, in an article in The Times, 11 May 1989, had to say about *that*.

    “Muslim society looks profoundly repulsive…It looks profoundly repulsive because it *is* repulsive…A westerner who claims to admire Muslim society, whilst still adhering to Western values, is either a hypocrite or an ignoramus or a bit of both.

    “At the heart of the matter is the Muslim family, an abominable institution”.

    From the same article –

    “In the last century the Arab thinker Jamal al-Afghani wrote: ‘Every Muslim is sick and his only remedy is in the Koran.’ Unfortunately the sickness gets worse the more the remedy is taken”.

    Irish jihadwatchers, please circulate these items by O’Brien amongst your fellow Irish.

    • PRCS says

      DDA,

      Thanks for the O’Brien links.

      As a minimum, they should be sent to every kuffar Western politician–in order that they learn; and to those Muslims who have wormed their way into the system–to let them know they haven’t fooled all of us filthy unbelievers–yet.

  14. PJG says

    What he could have done would have been to quote the relevant Koranic verse encouraging wife-beating and say that he was wrong to state that Muslims in general follow the verse literally.
    After all, scripture is one thing and human beings another. There are all kinds of Muslims, and he was wrong to have said “Muslims feel…”

    Meanwhile, the Muslim chosen to defend Islam lied so brazenly that I presume the irish are still very green when it comes to Islam. The writer of the article himself should have pointed out the Koranic verse to clear up the confusion. (“No religion says you hurt anybody”? No religion except yours, mate.)

    • gravenimage says

      Dr Taufiq Al Sattar said the comments were in contradiction to all religious teachings.

      PJG wrote:

      Meanwhile, the Muslim chosen to defend Islam lied so brazenly that I presume the irish are still very green when it comes to Islam.
      ………………………………

      This is very true, PJG. Dr Taufiq Al Sattar was lying through his teeth:

      [he] said the comments were in contradiction to all religious teachings…

      “No religion says you hurt anybody, not your wife or your neighbour or anyone. This is common sense,” the cleric, who established a prayer centre in west Dublin, said.

      The worst thing is that *no one* called him on it.

  15. Alarmed Pig Farmer says

    This episode is Pope Benedict redux. Both could prove the innocence and accuracy of their observations, neither had the gonads to be good to their words.

    It seems odd, though: what few truth-speaking utterances we do get from establishment public figures, most seem to come from Catholics. But even they always back down, and then self-deprecate (or is that self-defecate?) to maintain the requisite PR to maintain their portfolios.

  16. mortimer says

    Judge Halpin would have been alright if he knew Sharia law and was able to quote it.

    However, the hadiths are considered to be the source of correct behavior:

    Abu Dawud (2142) – “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.”

    Bukhari (72:715) – A woman came to Muhammad and begged her to stop her husband from beating her. Her skin was bruised so badly that she it is described as being “greener” than the green veil she was wearing. Muhammad did not admonish her husband, but instead ordered her to return to him and submit to his sexual desires.

    • says

      Also Sura 4.34 of the Koran commands Muslim men to beat their wives. A MUSLIM man who does not beat a disobedient wife is viewed as an apostate and must be killed.

      • mortimer says

        Wife-beating is divinely sanctioned in the Qur’an and Hadiths, and is viewed as a method to keep the wife under control, despite some of the statements made by Muslim apologists, wife-beating is institutionalized in Islam. Muhammad’s ‘perfect’ example shows he had no concern about his followers beating their wives. Mohammed had a total disregard for the safety and emotional well-being of women when they brought complaints about their husbands. In fact, he had no problem with hitting Aisha and with lieutenants Abu Bakr and Umar hitting their wives.
        Muslim apologists use deceptive means to cover up the fact the Qur’an and Hadith sanction wife-beating by selectively using moderate verses of the Qur’an in an attempt to claim that Islam promotes equality between men and women, that wife-beating is forbidden and that Surah 4:34 has been misinterpreted. Their selective data reveal the inconsistencies of the Qur’an. Such selective arguments have been refuted by many fatwas of Islamic legists and the Hadiths themselves.

        In fact, if Judge Halpin does a bit of googling, he can find a wealth of quotes and statistics about wife beating in Sharia compliant countries and among diaspora Muslims. This will confirm his opinion was solidly supported.

    • PJG says

      The headline was misleading. It wasn’t even an “immigrant group”. It was some dumb NGO which helps immigrants to integrate into Ireland, apparently. Sounds like they want the Irish to integrate, to adjust to their new dhimmi role, if they are to be tolerated in their own country.

  17. John Magee says

    Who is largely responsible for this influx of Muslims into Eire? His name is Alan Shatter the Minister of Justice, Equality, and Defence for Eire. Shatter is obsessed with bringing as many 3rd worlders and Muslims into The Republic of Ireland as he possibly can. The largest mosque in Ireland will be built in Dublin soon and will become the “Grand Mosque” for Eire’s 45,000+ Muslims. Shatter’s family are immigrants themselves from Eastern Europe. I wish Robert Spencer would occasionally mention the causes and people, like Barbara Spectre, who are the helping this Islamic multicultural and “diversity” catastrophe in Europe and not just post articles about the results of this Islamic invasion.

    • says

      The Gates of Vienna blog has excellent coverage of the problem of Islam from a European perspective (including UK, Australia, and other world news).

      On Barbara Spectre, they’ve mentioned a few things over the years, including this public letter she signed after the Breivik Massacre, which included the following PC MC nonsense:

      “To succeed in their intent, the xenophobes designate Muslims as a single group. They are all alike: strongly driven by religion and with certain political ideas. Muslims themselves may not be heard. Organizations or parties like the Sweden Democrats are determinedly hammering in words like “mass immigration” and “Islamization”.

      The aim of course is to get readers to believe that immigrants, especially Muslims, are dangerous. They place people with different skin color, ethnicity, and religion against each other and thereby poison the public discourse.

      In this environment it is important to the rest of us not to touch upon xenophobia when we are debating. We must be careful with our words and refrain from sweeping generalizations. We must let individuals be free to define their beliefs and political opinions, and never lump together everybody of a particular faith or background to a single homogeneous group.”

      Unfortunately, for mysterious reasons, Jihad Watch didn’t (when it had one) include Gates of Vienna on its blogroll (or rather it did once upon a time, but then mysteriously yanked it years ago) — even though Gates of Vienna has been gracious enough to include on its own blog roll Jihad Watch.

  18. Silvia says

    Don’t say what you really mean and don’t mean what you really say! This seems to be the new policy.

    What’ so incredible to me is that these muslim cave dwellers are very much still a SMALL minority in Europe even where their % is the highest! Don’t these idiot Europeans understand that???? Why on earth are they acting like doormats in their own countries?

  19. dumbledoresarmy says

    Irish jihadwatchers here present, posting or lurking, now or in the future.

    To go with the articles by Conor Cruise O’Brien that I linked above, here is an excellent article by one “Spengler”, that originally appeared in “Asia Times”.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/LE25Ak01.html

    It is called “Wife-beating, Sharia, and Western Law”.

    It should, I think, be sent by an Irish citizen or citizens, to Judge Halpin; with a letter suggesting that he read it for his further information.

    If you happen to know someone who practises Law who has had to do with domestic violence cases, give them a copy; because sooner or later they will encounter Muslim family violence.

  20. eib says

    Irish hypocrisy in this matter is disgusting.
    They fought the English for centuries, and yet when Islam hits their shores with genuine imperialistic objectives, they fold like cowards!
    No courage.
    None.
    The judge should have been protected on nationalist grounds alone.
    So, where are the Irish nationalists?
    Busy trying to beat up another Protestant, perhaps?
    And where are the Irish Protestants?
    Trying to find another Catholic perhaps?
    And all the while, Ireland, you are conquered by the Ummah.
    Idiots.

  21. Cindy Mccoy says

    Has everyone in the world gone nuts????? The judge was right the first time. The muslim men do think they have the right to beat their women. Why??? Because that is what their religion says they can do. But that does not make it right. God says to be kind, if you love people you will be good to them. My God says even be kind to my enemies. That kinda’ leaves out beating your wife and other females “you” think are wrong. I don’t back down from that, that is right!!! Love other as you love yourself. You would not go beating yourself up, as a matter of fact you make a lot of wiggle space for yourself but folks under you, you are hard on and very strict!!!!

  22. steve O'mara says

    It makes you ashamed to be even part Irish. The excuse for a ‘judge’ should get on his knees outside the nearest Mosque, say 50 Hail Marys, douse himself in petrol and immolate himself for Allah.

    • eib says

      I don’t know if he realizes it, but you can tell the truth and die once, or you can circumvent Muslim violence by knuckling under.
      He needs to ask himself how many times he wants to die. Because if you submit in any sense to the Ummah, you will die a little every day.
      While the poor in spirit are blessed, they are also miserable and undignified.
      Will this Judge tread this path and force his countrymen to do likewise?

  23. gravenimage says

    Ireland: Judge who said “Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives” apologizes and asks forgiveness for “incorrect” remark
    ……………………………

    It’s been said before, but truth is the new “hate crime”.

    How does this “offend” Muslims”?

    There is actually a tenet of Islam where it is considered “slander” to say something *true*, if it is phrased in a critical manner.

    If the judge had found a way to laud Muslims for, say, acting to maintain family structure or some such, everything would have been fine…

    Others will see the reaction to this judges’ words, and many will just bit their tongues and self censor, and we are bit by bit even less able to defend against the barbarism of Islam. Madness…