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Jurors in Terrorism Trials have to be stupid 
 
Justice Bongiorno (close up)
 Supreme Court judge Bernard Bongiorno, who is presiding over the trial of Abdul Nacer Benbrika and 11 other Melbourne men accused of terrorist activities, warned that jurors should excuse themselves from jury duty if they were prejudiced against Muslims.

But what if that “prejudice” is based on knowledge of the Qur’an and Hadiths, including knowledge that jihad is an integral part of Islam? Does knowledge of, and resultant revulsion for Islam, equate to prejudice against Muslims?

Justice Bongiorno told the jury "All the accused in this case are Muslims … There are people in our community who hold and sometimes express attitudes which might be regarded as hostile to or discriminatory towards Muslims simply because they are Muslims. Let me say this to you very clearly: there is no place for such a person on a jury in this case. No place whatsoever…For a juror to judge an accused person not by reference solely to the evidence against him, but because of who he is, would be wicked indeed."
 
So is Bongiorno saying that jurors must not regard the accused as Muslims? They themselves proudly proclaim their Islamic identity, so are jurors to ignore this?

By law, each defendant can challenge four candidates, and the prosecution also had the right to stand aside 48 candidates. Now it’s well known that in trials of alleged paedophiles, the defence regularly challenges potential jurors who are childcare workers, as they are considered prejudiced against the accused. Presumably the same principal will apply here: the defendants will challenge any who might not look favourably on Islam (predominantly older citizens, whose formative years were spent learning objective history, before postmodernist relativism changed all that), and the prosecution will stand aside supporters of Islam (Muslims and maybe students, as many of our young people have been indoctrinated in our schools and universities)

He is NOT a MuslimSo who’s left to select? Even blind Freddy must by now be aware of Islamic mayhem since 2001. Of course, you could always blame it all on our imperialism/racism/colonialism/victimisation, which means you’d be prejudiced against Australians, but it seems that sort of prejudice is OK.

Justice Bongiorno warned them strongly against being influenced by media reports or trying to do their own research on topics linked to the trial. "You must not start reading about Islam or Muslims or terrorism or anything of that nature. You must not go to the internet and seek any information…These men have to be tried on the evidence that is led against them, not on some other evidence or on some other notion or some other idea that comes from somewhere else, no matter where it comes from and no matter how reputable its source."

So only brain-dead jurors totally ignorant of Islam are acceptable!  (Reference)

This case illustrates starkly that the criminal justice system is totally inappropriate to deal with terrorism. We are at war with Islam, or more accurately Islam has declared war on the West. Yet political correctness is stymieing our attempts to defend ourselves. Terrorism must be treated as a wartime offence and alleged offenders tried in a military court for treason. The civil libertarian model of treating this as just another crime guarantees that we will lose the war against Islam.  This method, favoured by greedy and opportunistic lawyers, is assiduous in protecting the civil liberties of the alleged terrorists, involving endless adjournments and procedural appeals, at huge public expense. It cares nothing for the civil liberties of Australians, who are the targets of jihadis bent on spreading Islam and killing infidels.

Ignorant juries are one thing, but what happens when ignorant judges are called to adjudicate in matters concerning Islam? As happened when the Islamic Council of Victoria challenged Christian Pentecostal group, Catch the Fire Ministries, under Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
    
Judge Michael Higgins asserted in his finding (pdf file 324KB) that the “interpretation of the Koran by Pastor Scot represented the views of a small group of fundamentalists, namely, Wahabbists, who are located in the Gulf states and who are a minority group, and their views bear no relationship to mainstream Muslim beliefs and, in particular, Australian Muslims”

So there are 2 Islams: one nice and one nasty. Funny how they are both derived from the same nasty Qur’an!

He also pronounced that Muslims “regard the Koran as equivalent to the Bible: that it agrees substantially with Christian beliefs save for particular events”.
 
Two Dannies

This of course is nonsense. Islamic beliefs run counter to those of Christianity: Islam wants to destroy Christianity and impose Islam, with violence if necessary. But maybe these are the “particular events” Higgins is alluding to.

You will remember that Pastor Scot read out sections of the Qur’an before an audience of Christians, infiltrated by Muslim converts, who then reported back to the ICV. Higgins, in his wisdom, ruled that these sections were no longer relevant to the 21st century. If only he was correct! But Muslims view the Qur’an as the immutable word of allah for all times!

Higgins’ found that all seven witnesses for the ICV were reliable, but none of the five witnesses for the Catch the Fire were. In considering whether Scot had vilified Muslims, Higgins stated “I have considerable doubt that what he told the seminar were his real beliefs about the Koran”and concluded from this that he had not acted“reasonably and in good faith”, which would have been a defence under the Act.

This is odd, as Christianity teaches that it’s wrong to lie, whereas Islam teaches that you can lie and deceive non-Muslims if it benefits Islam. Did Higgins appreciate this? Did he learn about Islam, or did he even care?
Wouldn’t you think the testimony of the respondents would be more reliable, not less?

During the trial, it became obvious that Higgins had little knowledge of Islamic law, which is to be expected. After all, he trained as a lawyer in Australia, where sharia is not part ofJustice Higgins our law (though it might be if Rowanistas get their way!) It is hardly surprising that an Australian judge is not qualified to rule on a matter of Islamic law.

Which brings us to the question: how on earth can he adjudicate on matters concerning an ideology of which he is totally ignorant? Which also leads to the question: why is a matter about an ideology being heard in court?

Higgins also ruled that Scot stated that “Muslims are demons”, when he merely (accurately) cited the Qur’an “a group of demons - in Arabic it’s called a ‘jinn’ … became Muslim”. (Sura 46)

The whole case was a farce, but luckily the Pastors successfully appealed and the case was reheard before another judge.

This case illustrates starkly that the justice system is inappropriate for trials about religion.
The legislation was misconceived and the religious parts should be removed.

Let’s restore Freedom of Religion. See our submission (top left-hand corner). Feel free to download it.
Make an appointment with your MP and lobby for the Act’s amendment.

We cannot allow courts in democratic Australia to be subverted to further the supremacist aims of Islam.
Keep Australia free – help keep Islam out!
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:30  

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