Is there an epidemic of people not wanting to stand and honor national traditions? Maybe it’s something in the water.
A Muslim man was hilariously put out to pasture by a judge after refusing to stand in court. The reason the man gave for not standing was, unsuprisingly, religious in nature.
Ricardo McFarlane was appearing in court that morning for disobeying a court order. He had previously been banned from approaching citizens on the street and preaching sharia law. A recent convert to Islam, McFarlane was one of 21 other men who were court ordered to stop harassing people. The original case saw them outside a store and speaking aggressively as customers tried to enter and exit.
Judge Martin Beddoe noticed that McFarlane was the only seated person when he entered the courtroom. He said, “If Mr. McFarlane isn’t going to treat this court with respect then I might have to deal with him differently than to release him on bail.”
“Because of his religious belief he believes there is only one person who he should bow to,” defense attorney Roy Hedlam was quick to respond.
“That is as may be, but this isn’t a court of religion, this is a secular court and it expects to be treated with respect. That isn’t in breach of any religious principles I’m aware of,” Beddoe said plainly.
McFarlane changed his tune very quickly. Once the judge threatened withholding bail, the once militant and supposedly pious McFarlane relented. He in turn stood for Beddoe while the judge was speaking.
Mad World News, where the story was covered on Facebook, was on fire with commentary:
“I would rise in any court room I might find myself in. Been in several as an observer, never for me. When a Judge enters I rise. Not for the Judge as a person but for what he represents. I have known some Judges socially and to a person they are enjoyable to be around. But, if I knew a Judge that was the most miserable SOB I ever met I would rise in his court room for what he represented. The best legal system in the world,” one person said.
“No Sharia Law exists in this country! Period! We must keep our laws and only our laws. Proud of the judge holding his grounds. We all need to stand our grounds and put them in their place,” another commented.
What do you think of the Judge Beddoe and the way he handled the situation with McFarlane?
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