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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Religion on Trial

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.

So, did the DA form prejudice or state the facts?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 07:47 AM
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I believe he was reporting the facts as he saw them, which is what most laywers do to win cases. But it'll probaly be misconstrued with as liberal as our media is these days.
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