UK: Muslim refuses to stand for judge, is ordered: “Get up. This is not a court of religion.”

UK: Muslim refuses to stand for judge, is ordered: “Get up. This is not a court of religion.” By Amie Gordon.

A Muslim convert accused of preaching sharia law in central London was ordered to stand up for a judge who told him: ‘This is not a court of religion.’

Ricardo McFarlane, 30, allegedly breached an ASBO made in February 2014, which barred him from approaching members of the public ‘in order to promote sharia law’.

McFarlane and a group of up to 20 other men are said to have set up a stall outside Topshop in Oxford Street on March 25 last year and called for strict Islamic laws to be imposed across the UK. …

The bearded defendant, wearing a green and gold robe, told the court usher he would not stand for ‘any man’ before the hearing began.

Robert Spencer:

Many times we have seen Muslims refusing to stand in court, because they recognize only Sharia, which they regard as divine law, as opposed to “manmade law.” It is rare, however, to see a judge actually ordering one of these Islamic supremacists to stand. Is he aware that in doing so, he is forcing Ricardo McFarlane to transgress a tenet of Islam, and as such has become an “Islamophobe”? Apparently not, since he said: “That isn’t in breach of any religious principles I’m aware of.”

Meanwhile, British authorities should become aware of and study the fact that so many converts to Islam get the idea that their new religion makes them contemptuous of the authorities of their home country. But they won’t.