25 November 2003

ABCNEWS.com : 2 Sentenced for Trying to Join Taliban: "U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones admonished Ford by saying: 'You do not represent the Muslim faith. Muslims do not engage in the activities you engaged in. You are an insult to that faith.'"
His Honor is soooo wrong.
"Two American Muslims who tried to join the Taliban were sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday during a hearing in which they denounced the Bush administration and pleaded in song for freedom.
Patrice Lumumba Ford, 32, and Jeffrey Leon Battle, 33, had pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to levy war against the United States."
Both said that in trying to reach Afghanistan, they were fulfilling their Islamic duty to defend fellow Muslims.
"Ford, once an intern at Portland's City Hall, said he felt obliged as a Muslim to defend his fellow Muslims against "President Bush's cruise-missile diplomacy."
WHY will the judge not just listen to what the defendants are saying?
Is it cos they is black?