Archive for the 'Free Speech' Category

29
Jul
07

What about Stanislav Shmulevich?

Why is it that liberals, self-proclaimed proponents of free speech (that’s what I like about them the most!) refuse to even mention Stanislav Shmulevich at Pace University in New York? In case you haven’t heard, this is what happened (to the best of my knowledge):

On October 13 and again on November 21, 2006, a Koran was found in a toilet at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus. These Korans were apparently taken out of Pace’s meditation room by Shmulevich, and chucked into the toilets. It is not clear whether these were given to him or whether he stole them. He’s currently facing charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both hate crimes.

For an in-depth analysis of the charges, go here. Here’s a short summary:

For the charge of felony criminal mischief (third degree or higher), Schmulevich must have “damage[d] property of another person in an amount exceeding two hundred fifty dollars.” That’s one expensive Koran! For felony aggravated harassment (first degree), he must have damaged religious premises, or committed a second-degree aggravated harassment, with the added hate crime bonus based on intent. Maybe there was a holy shit in the holy toilet, but it seems to me the charges are ridiculous.

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