By Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd, CNN
(CNN) — A protester who ridiculed the Muslim prophet Mohammed claims he was assaulted by a Muslim who was offended by the stunt, but a judge has sympathized with the alleged perpetrator, in a case that has drawn national attention.
Self-proclaimed atheist Ernie Perce marched in a Halloween parade in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania last October, dressed in a costume mocking Mohammed.
In a YouTube video he posted, Perce can be seen wearing a long fake beard, a white turban and green face paint, calling out provocative phrases like: “I am the prophet Mohammed! Zombie from the dead!” Perce and someone else in a zombie-themed pope costume are carrying a banner that reads “The Parading Atheists of Central Pennsylvania / Ghoulish – Godless – God-Awful.”
Then a man who is not seen on the…
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