Putting Islam on the Stand
Friday July 8, 3:01 am ET
Vanessa Blum, Legal Times
In a recent criminal trial in Virginia, the prosecutor told the jury that the defendant couldn't be trusted to tell the truth, that he would lie to their faces -- all because of his religious beliefs.
The defendant, an American citizen accused of supporting terrorism, was convicted. The religion in question, of course, was Islam.
Now, the Virginia attorney representing Ali Al-Timimi is pushing for a new trial, saying that prosecutors secured the guilty verdict by appealing to religious bigotry against Muslims.
quran 16:106 "any one who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief - except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith - but such as open their breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty"
So those who utter unbelief under compulsion are exempt from the dreadful penalty.