The sentencing magistrate said: “No evidence was presented that the teachings of Islam compel this conduct.”
That’s not true. The Islamic idea of tawhid is often understood as forbidding any gesture of respect to an earthly authority, in particular an infidel earthly authority, as being tantamount to idolatry.
“GIVING JUSTICE THE FINGER Terrorist recruiter’s wife gives the ISIS salute after refusing to stand for a judge because she ‘only stands for Allah,'” by Jay Akbar, The Sun, May 4, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A JIHADI bride gave ISIS’ one-finger salute outside court today after refusing to get up for a judge because she “only stands for Allah”.
Wearing a black burka and gloves, Moutia Elzahed became the first person in Australia to be convicted of not standing for a judge under tough new laws.
The ISIS recruiter’s wife, 50, was found guilty of nine charges of disrespectful behaviour during previous court hearings under the new state law.
She stayed seated with her arms folded in the Sydney courtroom as Carolyn Huntsman delivered the landmark decision.
Ms Huntsman ordered Elzahed to leave her seat and approach the bench, adding: “Remain standing… You remain standing when I speak to you.”
Elzahed said she only stood for Allah but Huntsman found no evidence she had acted on genuine religious belief.
Footage showed her giving the infamous one-finger salute as she walked away from Downing Centre Local Court while her friend called journalists “cockroaches”.
ISIS fighters are often pictured raising one finger to the sky in the battlefield or right after they carry out a depraved execution.
The motion represents the Islamic gesture of tawhid, the belief in a single God, and the terror group’s “violent and uncompromising posture toward its opponents”, according to Foreign Affairs.
The “disrespectful behaviour” law was introduced in New South Wales in 2016 after several Muslim defendants refused to stand for judges on religious grounds.
The magistrate found Elzahed repeatedly and intentionally flouted the rules that year when she failed to rise for District Court Judge Audrey Balla.
The sentencing magistrate said: “No evidence was presented that the teachings of Islam compel this conduct.”…