The subject in this case is the Islam TV impresario Muzzammil Hassan who beheaded his wife Aasiya because she wanted a divorce.
To be charitable, the cultural norms of Islam are so barbaric that they do seem crazy to average Americans, so the attorneys are probably hopeful.
Hassan lawyers eye psych defense, Buffalo News, March 6, 2010
Attorneys for Muzzammil S. "Mo" Hassan Friday said the media and public have misconstrued Hassan's actions in the beheading of his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan.
Many have wrongly come to regard Hassan as an Islamic terrorist, and the general public is suffering from "Islamophobia," defense attorneys Julie Atti Rogers and Frank M. Bogulski said after a court appearance Friday.
Hassan is "a nonpracticing Muslim," Rogers said, while Bogulski stressed that Hassan "doesn't pray five times a day" as an obedient Muslim would.
Hassan, 44, is accused of killing and beheading his 37-year-old wife on Feb. 12, 2009, soon after she began divorce proceedings against him.
Of course, it doesn't matter if "Mo" didn't bow to Mecca five times a day; he is culturally Muslim, as shown by his founding of a Islamic television station (Bridges TV) to "portray Muslims in a more positive light."
Anyway, the reasonable fear of hostile Islam is a sign of sanity, not a symptom of bigotry.
The two attorneys also said they will begin court action to try to get Hassan's two children returned from Pakistan, where they were taken by Aasiya Zubair Hassan's relatives.
Hassan fears the children "will be radicalized" in Pakistan, Bogulski said.
Right, the headchopper dad who killed their mom is somehow a better influence than the "extreme" Islam in Pakistan.
Interestingly, long-time Islam scholar Daniel Pipes reported that Hassan said he beheaded Aasiya so she could not enter paradise. Only with the Religion of Peace can a man be so infinitely vindictive.