The Corner

Equality Before the Law

Equality before the law? In England, not so much:

London: Seven Muslim protesters accused of screaming insults at soldiers during an Iraq homecoming parade refused to stand for a judge on Monday.

The men are alleged to have shouted “murderers”, “rapists”, “terrorists” and “baby killers” while waving placards at the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment marching through Luton.

At the town’s magistrates’ court, they denied using threatening, abusive, insulting words and behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to others.

After refusing to stand they were threatened with being found in contempt of court by a clearly angry District Judge Carolyn Mellanby.

They insisted it was a “grave and cardinal sin” to show anyone other than Allah respect by standing.

Eventually, a compromise was reached where they would enter the court after her during the trial, which is expected to last six days.

And that was not the only “compromise”:

The defendants were given an extra 20 minutes on top of their lunch break to go to pray at a mosque a few minutes’ walk away. A separate “quiet” room has been set aside for their regular prayer intervals for the rest of the week.

Pathetic.

Most Popular

Elections

Vote Your Conscience

At the 2016 Republican convention, Senator Ted Cruz spoke a controversial phrase: “vote your conscience.” I think about this phrase, this idea, fairly often. I’m not one to give advice on voting (or much else). But when asked for advice, I usually say, “Vote your conscience.” Sweet conscience! One of ... Read More
Elections

Vote Your Conscience

At the 2016 Republican convention, Senator Ted Cruz spoke a controversial phrase: “vote your conscience.” I think about this phrase, this idea, fairly often. I’m not one to give advice on voting (or much else). But when asked for advice, I usually say, “Vote your conscience.” Sweet conscience! One of ... Read More
Music

Stevie Nicks, Like Springsteen, Preaches and Preens

In the 1970s, Stevie Nicks and Bruce Springsteen made impressions on pop-music culture with romantic rock landmarks, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album and Springsteen’s Born to Run. But their new 2020 releases, Nicks’s single “Show Them the Way” and Springsteen’s Letter to You film and album, make the ... Read More
Music

Stevie Nicks, Like Springsteen, Preaches and Preens

In the 1970s, Stevie Nicks and Bruce Springsteen made impressions on pop-music culture with romantic rock landmarks, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album and Springsteen’s Born to Run. But their new 2020 releases, Nicks’s single “Show Them the Way” and Springsteen’s Letter to You film and album, make the ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Kavanaugh Court

If Justice Barrett votes as her mentor Justice Scalia did, she will be part of an ascendant conservative majority on the Supreme Court. What kinds of decisions can we expect from this majority? Short answer: Ask Brett Kavanaugh. Contrary to how journalists frame each seat change on the Court, comparing the new ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Kavanaugh Court

If Justice Barrett votes as her mentor Justice Scalia did, she will be part of an ascendant conservative majority on the Supreme Court. What kinds of decisions can we expect from this majority? Short answer: Ask Brett Kavanaugh. Contrary to how journalists frame each seat change on the Court, comparing the new ... Read More