What a wuss! What a despicable little coward. He said the right thing and now he apologises for it? Â Is there no way we can buy this guy a spine?
Anthony Halpin asks for ‘forgiveness’ over ‘hurt caused’ by ‘unfortunate’ reference made in court
JudgeÂ Anthony HalpinÂ made the remark that “Muslims think they can actually beat their wives,” in Tallaght District Court on Thursday. Civil liberties and migrant groups had yesterday urged him to withdraw the comments .
In a statement issued today Judge Halpin said he “had no intention of referring to, or offending Muslims or their religion” and apologised for the hurt caused and asked for their “forgiveness”.
Of course. Don’t hit me for telling the truth.
The remark had “attracted some attention which gives the impression” that he holds views “ less than favourable to the Muslim religion”, he said.
“I would like to state that nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.
“ I accept that I made the remark, but what I intended to say, and should have said, was that people who beat their partners do not appreciate the provisions of safety or protection orders, and they need intervention and education in that regard,” he said.
The apology and clarification was welcomed by the Immigrant Council of Ireland. His “reassurance that he had no intention of offending Muslims or their religion is particularly welcome and we accept the apology to that community is genuine,” the organisation said in a statement today.
“This episode again underlines the need for people in authority to reflect on the impact their remarks, even those made off the cuff or in the heat of the moment, can have on the wider public and feed into stereotypes which are wrong and offensive,” it added.
Yesterday the organisation had described the judge’s remarks as “disappointing, wrong and offensive” and requested he withdraw or clarify them immediately.
Mark Kelly, director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), said yesterday that the case had shone further light on the need for a judicial council Bill, a part of which would provide mechanisms to deal with complaints against the conduct of judges.
The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said yesterday that in this case it was restricted in what it could say due to the limited nature of the comments as reported in the media.
Spokesman DrÂ Ali SelimÂ explained he was “not fully aware of the full context of what was said” but added: “I firmly believe that a woman’s position is a source of pride for every Muslim woman according to Islam.”
Judge Halpin made his remark as he was dealing with a Somali man accused of burgling his now divorced wife’s house.
Khadar Younis (46), Belfry Hall, Citywest, had pleaded not guilty to burglary, contravening a protection order and possession of a knife at an address at Fernwood Avenue, Springfield, Tallaght, on May 10th, 2013.
Here, from the
horses camels mouth:
The Qur’an says: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.” (4:34)
Islamic apologists routinely claim that the Qur’an’s command to beat disobedient women must be applied only with the most harmless of implements â€” i.e., a toothstick, as per a weak hadith. However, Muhammad’s example is normative for Muslims, since he is an “excellent example of conduct” (Qur’an 33:21) â€” and according to a canonical hadith, Muhammad’s favorite wife, his child bride Aisha, reports that Muhammad struck her. Once he went out at night after he thought she was asleep, and she followed him surreptitiously. Muhammad saw her, and, as Aisha recounts: “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” (Muslim 2127) Aisha herself said it: “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women.” (Bukhari 7.72.715)
So in sum, what Judge Anthony Halpin said was true: if there are any Muslims who take the Qur’an and Muhammad’s example seriously and act upon them, then there are Muslims who “feel they can actually beat their wives.” But telling truths of that kind is what “sparks controversy” in this silly and willfully ignorant age.
“Judge sparks controversy after saying ‘Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives’ in court case,” by Colin Brennan for theÂ Irish Mirror, March 28