Posted by Curt on 29 July, 2007 at 9:39 am. 13 comments already!

This is just incredible:

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, police said.

Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both hate crimes, police said. It was unclear if he was a student at the school. A message left at the Shmulevich home was not immediately returned.

The Islamic holy book was found in a toilet at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus by a teacher on Oct. 13. A student discovered another book in a toilet on Nov. 21, police said.

Muslim activists had called on Pace University to crack down on hate crimes after the incidents. As a result, the university said it would offer sensitivity training to its students.

The school was accused by Muslim students of not taking the incident seriously enough at first. Pace classified the first desecration of the holy book as an act of vandalism, but university officials later reversed themselves and referred the incident to the New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit.

So someone can burn our nations flag and it’s not a hate crime.  It’s a form of expression.  That same person could throw a bible into a toilet and he would not be criminally charged.  But throw a koran into the toilet and your arrested for a FELONY:

First, Shmulevich was arrested and jailed for 24 hours. Second, he’s not facing misdemeanor charges—he’s being charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment.

Felonies. For putting a book in a toilet.

Third, his income is on a borderline that disqualifies him for a public defender, so he stands to suffer incredible financial hardship as well.

Fourth, his name and photograph were published in several newspapers in New York, and he and his mother were ambushed outside the court by reporters. In a case like this, clearly with the potential to enrage radical Muslims, this is so irresponsible of the media that it borders on criminal.

CAIR is estatic and is quite possibly one of the main reasons why charges were brought forth in the first place.  Meanwhile this 23 year old is looking at prison time for expressing himself, he’s looking at financial ruin defending himself, and he’s looking at some serious violence coming his way from the fanatical Muslims amongst us.

But hey, burn our flag and he would have been patted on the back.  Put a cross in urine, get more pats and even some money for your effort.  How in the world can they justify felony charges against this man?

Please leave a comment with the university here.  We need to make a stink about this.  While I disagree mightedly with those who burn our flag I recognize this as a form of free speech, as this act is.  Charles at LGF set Mr. Shmulevich up with an account and he is asking for some legal advice.  If your a lawyer please visit there and see if you can help.

Oh, btw….where is the ACLU?

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