Free Ian Murphy!
EDIT 7/27/11: Ian has posted his story here.
You may recall that I was recently nominated to the position of Minister of Science for New York State congressional Green Party candidate Ian Murphy. Sadly, that dream died mere minutes after the polls opened, but Ian has continued to make headlines since the election. Yesterday, for instance, he was arrested for (apparently/allegedly?) filming the police during a counter-protest of the anti-gay bigots National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
I learned of this via a text from fellow Skepchick Debbie Goddard, so the details are still a bit sketchy. NOM was in Buffalo, NY to protest the passing of a bill that allows same-sex couples to enjoy the same benefits of marriage as straight couples. You can see their religion-based bigotry explained in this news clip as well as a shot of Ian being led away in handcuffs:
“You know, I’ve seen a lot of these faces before, in helping support the Christianity view of, you know separation of church and state, and um, I feel confident that things will change.”
- Obviously Some Constitutional Scholar
To be clear here, to that woman the “Christianity view of . . . separation of church and state” is apparently “there shouldn’t be any.”
As for Ian, we’re not too sure about his fate yet, or even what he’s really being charged with. Those on the scene reported that it was for filming the police, but The Buffalo Beast (Ian’s paper) Tweeted last night that he may have been busted for “disrupting a religious ceremony,” which to be fair sounds like it should be just as illegal as filming the police. Which is to say, not illegal. (EDIT: This report says it was for ‘disorderly conduct’.)
Of course, judging by this pic snapped by Ed Beck minutes before Ian’s arrest, the charge may very well be “disrupting a religious ceremony by filming the police with a dildo as a microphone.” So who knows? Regardless, we’re pretty sure Ian will emerge from jail this morning ready to fight. Go Ian!