Jun 182014
 
 June 18, 2014  Breaches, Court

Eugene Volokh has more on a case I noted a few days ago where a Christian convert from Islam sued his church for posting notice of his baptism, claiming it put his life in danger when he returned to Syria:

The plaintiff in Doe v. First Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (Okla. Dist. Ct. filed June 9, 2014), who was born in Syria but is a U.S. permanent resident, converted from Islam to Christianity at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. But because “Under Sharia law, one who converts from Islam is to be put to death usually,” and he “continued to periodically travel to Syria,” “he knew that any publication or dissemination of his Christian beliefs could pose a danger to his life both in Syria and in the United States.”

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My quick analysis: If the plaintiff can persuade the jury that he was attacked because of the publicity given to his conversion, and that the church had promised that the conversion would be kept confidential, or at least not noted on the Internet (where his evil uncle and others who knew him could see it), then he would have a good legal case. And this is so even though the vastly more culpable parties are (assuming plaintiff’s account is correct) the would-be murderers in Syria.

Read more on WaPo The Volokh Conspiracy.

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