Australian victim of sharia lashing says Islam is a beautiful religion

CHRISTIAN Martinez, who was brutally lashed by a posse of Muslim vigilantes for consuming alcohol, says in TV interview that he has no intention of renouncing the “beautiful” religion of Islam.

In a video we found here, the 31-year-old described Islam as:

 A great guideline to life.

Meanwhile, it was reported here that Wassim Fayad, 43, one of three people charged in connection with the lashing of Martinez has had his bail conditions changed in a Sydney court – because his parents don’t want him living with them.

Wassim Fayad pictured in police custody

Fayad was ordered to lodge $10,000 for his release and eventually left custody the following day.

On Friday, he reappeared before the Burwood court to appeal his bail conditions.

He had been ordered to remain at his parents’ Auburn address, but they had told him they were not happy with him staying there, Fayad’s lawyer said.

Instead, his lawyer requested that Fayad stay instead at a close friend’s house in nearby Lidcombe.

Magistrate Tim Keddy approved the change of address but upheld the other bail conditions, including that he should not approach Martinez.

Hat tip: Bill Murray


27 responses to “Australian victim of sharia lashing says Islam is a beautiful religion”

  1. remigius says:

    I think we should recognise this situation for what it plainly is – just another sado/erotic kink session that got out of hand and attracted police attention. Mr Martinez obviously endorses his lashings and those who administered them obviously enjoyed it too.

    Why don’t we just leave these perverts alone to engage in their sexual pleasure without judging them?

  2. alb says:

    I’d be interested to know if he followed a religion before his conversion. You need a damaged mind to embrace a religion that dishes out a lashing for which he is grateful. He sounds like a masochist which is what religion is all about. Nothing more tragic than the mind that when given the opportunity to be free swaps one poison for another.

  3. Archa3ology says:

    Seems a bit strange with a few of the stories on here, many religious individuals and groups seem to take it upon themselves to punish the “sinful” actions of others. Surely if there was a god, it should be left to that entity to punish wrongdoings?

  4. AngieRS says:

    So, is this bloke another convert then? Certainly looks European to me.

  5. MartinGarata says:

    So he stayed… I guess he didn’t want to get killed for leaving islam.

  6. Mykelb says:

    Why doesn’t the state get involved in this crap? In the U.S. if a husband beats a wife and the cops come, she doesn’t have to press charges but the state will do it without her permission. Seems like the same situation here.

  7. tony e says:

    Watching the video it was good to note that Julia Gillard, the Australian PM, was to stress that there is only one law, Australian law.

    Here in the UK there would have been an army of pc multicultural mouthpeices running to defend the whipping as ‘part of their culture’.

    We know that Sharia law in encacted in this country. The politicians need to grow a set of balls and jail anyone who carries out so called legal proceedings outwith a real court of law.

  8. Angela_K says:

    @ Mykelb. Why doesn’t the state get involved in this crap?

    Because they are terrified of upsetting any religion, especially islam. You can get away with genocide, bombing, torture, beating up gays as long as you say your religion compels you or your imaginary friend told you to do it.

    Dieu et mon droit eh?

  9. remigius says:

    And as for referring to Islam as beautiful – either he does a great line in sarcasm or he received a very serious head injury during the beating.

    Or perhaps he thinks if he says how lovely and cuddly Islam is the Islamics won’t beat him up again.

    Religion eh. I dunno.

  10. Newspaniard says:

    @tony e. Baroness Cox has seen that Sharia courts are gradually exceeding their legal powers more and more (creeping sharia it’s called). She is in the process of putting a bill through the Lords to make it a criminal offence for Sharia courts to exceed their powers. Alas she fears that the current load of dhimmini(?) wimps in the Commons will reject the bill. (My words, not hers) Ho Hum. The Lords are good for some things.

  11. stargraves says:

    Who is it in the UK who wants to tolerate this guff outside the govt?

    I’m as left-leaning as you can get without being mental – but I don’t vote for, or approve of allowing law-breaking for an imaginary friend – or the setting up of caliphates and ghettos – or the mass immigration of family members who will never integrate – and so on – this extension of PC – which basically means having manners and being polite – which somehow leads to a condescending pat on the head of barbaric savages as they run rampant, and aw bless, look at their little culture isn’t it 7th century quaint, is a nonsense.

    Nobody approves of this shit outside the organisations that profit from keeping the country in a state of mild turmoil, fear and threat of crisis, like the gov’t and the media (though the media is getting a right stuffing at the moment!)

    Things like halal food everywhere – is outrageous – It should be outlawed instantly in this country as appalling cruelty to animals.

    Multiculturalism has never been on any agenda I’ve seen – a free, secular society where everyone is treated equally is what I vote and campaign for – not one where rabid sections of society can commit offense after offense without censure. (And that includes bankers too – so tax dodging by big business and the rich would be hit hard to redress the billions they’ve taken from the public purse…)

  12. stargraves says:

    Newspaniard – I know Baroness Cox – she’s marvellous.

  13. tony e says:


    Many thanks for that, it’s a positive start.

  14. Broga says:

    “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate. (Koran 9:73)

    I assume this vicious claptrap is being preached in the Mosques that are sprouting in the UK. Or, like the christian gospels as preached, are the Islamists selective and prone to interpret this stuff as metaphorical?

  15. Daz says:


    Why doesn’t the state get involved in this crap?

    Given that over half the OP is concerned with one of the assailants’ bail conditions—which means that arrests have been made and people charged—it kinda looks like the state are doing something. Short of banning the religion (not something I’d acvocate), all they can do is prosecute when criminal actions take place.

  16. Stuart W says:

    In other news, a battered wife praises her husband’s strong will and golden words of domestic advice and a pheasant defends hunting season.

  17. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: That is an off topic link worth reading. I was delighted to read of the overwhelming support received by Enda Kenny. Also the cool comment from his deputy – the recall of the Papal Nuncio is a matter for the Vatican.

    Mind you, the Vatican has no shame. Comments of surprise at “excessive” response. An attempt at the old ad hominem – criticise Kenny. Difficult to be “excessive” when thousands of sexually abused and physically brutalised children are mal treated and then the Vatican persistently covers up.

  18. Har Davids says:

    Maybe the victim in this case is too feeble-minded to take care of himself; talking about the beauty of Islam after a trashing seems to point that way and he converted voluntarily at an age he should have known better! Can’t someone take care of the poor guy and make him see the error of his ways?

  19. tony e says:


    From that article.

    Vice-director of the Vatican press office Father Ciro Benedettini said the nuncio’s recall “should be interpreted as an expression of the desire of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) government”.

    For ‘serious and effective collaboration’ read failed cover up.

    He added that it “denotes the seriousness of the situation and the Holy See’s desire to face it objectively and determinately.

    For ‘the Holy See’s desire to face it objectively and determinately’ read accept no responsibility whatsoever.

    “Nor does it exclude some degree of surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions.”

    For ‘disappointment at certain excessive reactions’ read watch your back Kenny we will get you………

  20. Stonyground says:

    How is it possible to have an ‘excessive reaction’ to the organised covering up of the systematic rape and torture of children? It strikes me that there hasn’t been enough of a reaction from many quarters. I find it hard to believe that there is a single Catholic left in Ireland, how despicable does the RCC have to become before everyone walks away in disgust?

  21. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn, Broga & Stonyground

    Have you seen the RCC is now trying to worm its way out of having to pay compensation to the victims of abuse by claiming that priests are not employees of the church?

    As Richard Scorer of the law firm Pannone, which specialises in abuse cases aptly puts it, “I think the Catholic church’s attempt to avoid responsibility for the abhorrent actions of one of its priests is nothing short of scandalous. The Catholic church would be better served by facing up to its responsibilities rather than trying to hide behind spurious employment law arguments.”

    Hear, hear.

  22. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: You couldn’t make it up. I note their co religionists keep their heads well down over all this. Ratzi purloined some of Archbishop Rowan Williams’ clergy, although he was well rid of them, and Williams is facing an open goal. Will he be prepared to score? Or would that offend the tenets of oecumenicalism and the brothers in Christ stuff?

  23. AgentCormac says:


    Don’t they just. And I very much doubt that Williams will try to ruffle vatican feathers, no matter how tempting it might be. The C of E seems constantly on the verge of civil war over issues such as the ordination of women and gays, and I guess the last thing Williams needs is to open a second front with Ratzi.

    Personally, however, I’d love to see the two of them going at each other like rabid dogs.

  24. Trevor Blake says:

    When it’s time to avoid prosecution, clergy claim and are granted diplomatic immunity but when it’s time to pay fines, clergy are not employed by the holy see.

    Same with clergy property. It is owned locally or by the holy see depending on which keeps it in their hands and not sold to pay fines.

  25. Stephen Turner says:

    OK, I’ĺl bite! Why is the 43-year-old in the picture still living with his parents, and why do they want rid of him?

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