In Austria, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is being charged with “hate speech” and could spend three years in prison. Having spent much of her adult life in Muslim countries, she is critical of many aspects of Islam, particularly the treatment of women in many of those countries and of sharia. She is adamantly opposed to sharia being implemented in Europe and is a knowledgeable and courageous speaker – now, facing jail time for her well reasoned and articulate speeches and seminars on the subject of Islam.
Here, an excerpt from an article by A. Millar from Hudson New York:
Although the trial of Dutch MP and critic of Islam, Geert Wilders, and its serious implications for free speech in Europe, is once again creating a furor in the press, another high-profile trial of a critic of Islam — Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, in Austria — is being overlooked.
Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff now faces up to a three-year prison sentence if convicted of “inciting hatred against a religious group” and “defamation of religion” in a lecture in 2009 on the “Islamization of Europe.”
As allegedly criminal statements fill the indictments of “hate speech” prosecutions, as in the case with Mr. Wilders, the Dutch MP says that he spoken the truth, and the truth cannot be illegal.
And, a very recent interview of Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff at a celebration of German re-unification day in Berlin in two parts:
Hard to believe that these hate speech charges are actually being, well, enforced, but apparently they are. Watching Europe these days is increasingly strange and — terrifying.