Many times we have seen Muslims refusing to stand in court, because they recognize only Sharia, which they regard as divine law, as opposed to “manmade law.” It is rare, however, to see a judge actually ordering one of these Islamic supremacists to stand. Is he aware that in doing so, he is forcing Ricardo McFarlane to transgress a tenet of Islam, and as such has become an “Islamophobe”? Apparently not, since he said: “That isn’t in breach of any religious principles I’m aware of.”
Meanwhile, British authorities should become aware of and study the fact that so many converts to Islam get the idea that their new religion makes them contemptuous of the authorities of their home country. But they won’t.
“‘Get up. This is not a court of religion’: Judge blasts Muslim convert who refuses to stand as he faces charges of promoting sharia law in Oxford Street,” by Amie Gordon, Mailonline, August 29, 2017 (thanks to Steve):
A Muslim convert accused of preaching sharia law in central London was ordered to stand up for a judge who told him: ‘This is not a court of religion.’
Ricardo McFarlane, 30, allegedly breached an ASBO made in February 2014, which barred him from approaching members of the public ‘in order to promote sharia law’.
McFarlane and a group of up to 20 other men are said to have set up a stall outside Topshop in Oxford Street on March 25 last year and called for strict Islamic laws to be imposed across the UK.
He is also said to have gone to Tooting Broadway Station on April 4 and Kingsland Road in Dalston on April 16, 2016, to set up similar stalls.
He denies one count of breach of an ASBO and was due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court today.
The bearded defendant, wearing a green and gold robe, told the court usher he would not stand for ‘any man’ before the hearing began.
Judge Martin Beddoe noticed that McFarlane, who is on conditional bail, did not stand up when he entered the courtroom.
‘If Mr McFarlane isn’t going to treat this court with respect then I might have to deal with him differently than to release him on bail,’ he said before a break in proceedings.
He denies one count of breach of an ASBO and was due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court today
Roy Hedlam, defending, said: ‘Because of his religious belief he believes there is only one person who he should bow to.’
Judge Beddoe continued: ‘That is as may be, but this isn’t a court of religion, this is a secular court and it expects to be treated with respect.
‘That isn’t in breach of any religious principles I’m aware of.’
McFarlane stood up in the dock while judge Beddoe was speaking, prompting him to say: ‘He’s very kindly standing up for me because I’m about to go.’
The defendant stood up in the dock during the rest of the hearing.
His trial was adjourned until the week beginning 11 September because a witness was unable to attend court.
Judge Beddoe said: ‘I’m sorry your case hasn’t been able to advance today, but you know the reasons why. It is now in the warned list for the 11 September.’…
Good day for a jihad terror trial.