Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Many good people from the Garden State do not care for the show “The Jersey Shore” because it makes people from Jersey look like, well, idiots.
Governor Christie even went so far as to complain this weekend about the show saying to Jake Tapper on ABC’s This Week that “reality series doesn’t represent ‘the real New Jersey.’”
If I were from NJ (I dodged that bullet when my NYC born parents chose Long Island over Jersey in the early ‘60s) I would be embarrassed too. But not just from “The Jersey Shore.” There is someone making Jersey look even worse than JWoww and Snooki. It is “The Jersey Sharia.”
A judge in New Jersey excused the rape of a woman by her husband because Sharia law says its ok. The judge stated in his ruling:
“This court does not feel that, under the circumstances, that this defendant had a criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault or to sexually contact the plaintiff when he did. The court believes that he was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to, was something that was consistent with his practices and it was something that was not prohibited.”
If I were from Jersey I would be a lot more embarrassed by this travesty than by Snooki’s poof.
Fortunately, for the sake of justice, sanity, and the victim, an appellate court overturned the absurd ruling.
As the judge recognized, the case thus presents a conflict between the criminal law and religious precepts. In resolving this conflict, the judge determined to except defendant from the operation of the State’s statutes as the result of his religious beliefs. In doing so, the judge was mistaken.
Hey, Jersey has been the butt of many jokes over the years. But if sharia law takes hold there, people will be asking “What exit?” for a completely different reason.