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Did Florida man, who got 15 years for leaving bacon at a mosque, plea bargain to avoid federal charges?

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Crime: An illegal act against a victim.

Hate Crime: An illegal thought during a crime against a protected class of victim including religion.

Is Islam a religion? Their books primarily concern Kafir, the unbeliever: 64% of Quran, 81% of Sira (Muhammed’s struggle), and 32% of Hadith (traditions), according to Bill Warner of politicalislam.com. And Jihad: 24% of Medina in Quran, 67% of Sira, and 21% of Bukhari’s Hadith.

Islam’s Sharia Law essentially is: (1) convert; or (2) become a second-class citizen and pay a tax; or (3) die. Has this been denied by so-called moderate Muslims?

Islam does not provide a choice in contrast to the Judeo-Christian doctrines of salvation, redemption, or the golden rule.

Due to political correctness – translated, non-thinking legislatures and courts – Sharia Law is enshrined as a “Hate Crime” in American Law.

How? I need an example.

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer provided news and commentary about Michael Wolfe, sentenced to 15 years for alleged criminal mischief against, and alleged placement of bacon on the doorstep of, a mosque in Titusville, FL, on Jan. 2, 2016.

Wolfe is not a sympathetic character, considering his rap sheet. But 15 years? The Information has two charges:

Count I: Armed Burglary of a Structure with Hate Crime Enhancement (LF); and

Count II: Criminal Mischief to a Place of Worship with Hate Crime (F2).

Wow: Count I has a sentence up to life in prison. Burglary means a person who enters or remains in a dwelling, a structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein. Armed? A machete was allegedly used to break approximately $800 total for two surveillance cameras, the flood lights, and the window. But a hate crime – evidencing prejudice – reclassifies a felony, 1st degree, to life felony!

Wow again: Count II has a sentence up to 30 years in prison. Criminal Mischief means a person who willfully and maliciously injures or damages by any means any real or personal property belonging to another. The simple version is a misdemeanor, 1st degree, punishable up to a year in county jail. But a hate crime – upon a mosque – makes it a felony, 3rd degree. Add a habitual offender, and its reclassified as a felony, 2nd degree, punishable by a minimum of 15 years, and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Who called the Federal Bureau of Investigation? An FBI agent was present during an interview of Wolfe. Could there have been an implied threat of federal charges?

No wonder Wolfe plea bargained for dismissal of Count I in exchange for guilty of Count II.

From the Court order’s date, Wolfe has 30 days to appeal the conviction and sentence. Consider this possibility: It could effectively be a death sentence. Wolfe likely will be placed in the general population of the prison. There may be Muslim inmates, who may act on a de facto fatwa and attempt to injure or murder Wolfe.

Are there other options to punish?

Contrast: I was briefly a prosecutor and defense attorney. My philosophy essentially was a parent: Different, incremental punishments hopefully would deter a variety of defendants. For example, I worked a deal of “weekend jail” for a habitual felony traffic offender, who was self-employed, but “straight, consecutive jail” would have resulted in loss of his business. In a case of vandalism, the punishment was simply requiring teenage defendants to apologize, paint-over the graffiti, and reimburse the public school.

But I digress. Back to our story.

The Islamic Society of Central Florida operates 10 mosques, including the Masjid Al-Mumin in Titusville, Florida.

Imam Muhammad Musri leads the Islamic Society of Central Florida; as well as Islam, Incorporated at the national level as American Islam, with a chapter in Orlando, FL. They held a “100 Day March for America” in Washington, D.C, on July 23, 2016.

You are judged by who you associate with: That event was co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

“In 2007, the [U.S.] Justice Department officially labeled ISNA and its subsidiary NAIT [North American Islamic Trust] a U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and listed both entities as co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terror case,” wrote P. David Gaubatz in Muslim Mafia [WND Books; 2009].

Wolfe’s case: “The intent is to really deter similar kinds of hate crime,” Imam Muhammad Musri is quoted in a news article, Bacon used in Hate Crime,  written by Tess Sheets, a reporter for the Florida Today in Melbourne, FL.

So is there a wave of anti-Islamic sentiment in Florida?

There was a total of 18 offenses against all religions within the entire State of Florida for 2015. See the website of the Florida Attorney General, In Hate Crimes in Florida, under Table 5: Hate Crimes Comparison.

Within the entire Brevard County (2015): An unidentified religion had one offense of Destruction / Damage / Vandalism of Property, as reported by the Melbourne Police Dept.

Looks like the citizens of Florida are safe from a wave of hate crimes against religion.

But don’t tell that to the Southern Poverty Law Center (aka “fake news”), which is listed in the report’s Appendix 3: Sources of Additional Information.

All of the above, as public records, are attached as a PDF via this link.

A word of diplomacy, please: The public records list names of the Judge, Prosecutor, Defendant’s attorney, the FBI agent, and the owner of the mosque’s premises. Don’t waste your time in an attempt to express your opinion: The bureaucrats will simply defend claiming “their hands are tied” by Florida Statutes and procedures. If you must express your opinion, do so with respect and civility. No one tolerates harassment or violence. Thank you!

Gerald Lostutter is a Florida-licensed attorney, college professor, and journalist. He worked in the print and broadcast media before Al Gore invented the internet. His cartoon, “Friday Night Jihad,” was submitted to AFDI’s Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, and was featured on Breitbart.com.

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