I’m watching this with interest… Sounds like the Middle Ages, but this trial is occurring now, in Europe.
From Gates of Vienna :
“The trial of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for “denigrating religious teachings” begins today in Vienna.
Update 12:40 (5:40am EST): The lawyer continues to ask Elisabeth to explain various statements:
Lawyer: What is meant by “We are decadent”?
Elisabeth: That is the point of view of Islamic fundamentalists.
Lawyer: What is meant by “We do not want Sharia here, full stop”?
Elisabeth: Free, secular societies is what we want.
Lawyer: What is meant by “Islamic law is not compatible with free societies, we need to understand this.”?
Elisabeth: Islam is a whole, and this whole is not compatible with free societies like the Austrian.
Lawyer: Did you see any veiled Muslim men?
Elisabeth (laughing): No, this is an obligation only for women.
Lawyer: You were referring to Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam. What is the meaning of that?
Elisabeth: This is a reference to the no-go zones, where Sharia is effectively the law. There immigrant youths torch cars, throw stones at the police, etc.
Prosecutor: Are each and every one of these persons Muslims?
Elisabeth: The majority are.
Lawyer: What is meant when you say: “How many times have we been told that Islam is a Religion of Peace?” Is this an incitement to hate or violence?
Elisabeth: I do not mean to incite hatred or violence. We need to be informed, make people aware, inform our politicians and write letters to the newspapers.
Lawyer: What is meant by “We do not want gender apartheid, polygamy”?
Elisabeth explains polygamy in Islam, and the fact that this is a reality in Europe, today.
Elisabeth finally tells about the First Amendment of the US Constitution, the absolute right to express ones’ opinions, as a fundamental prerequisite for a sound democracy.”
Gates of Vienna – the trial of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
Pat Condell, that irrepressible UK atheist, on the growing issue with free speech in Europe as more people are being put on trial and threatened with jail time simply for speaking out against what they see as Islamic extremism, or even, simply — criticizing Islam. Condell attests that multiculturalism is dead in Europe. He conveys with his usual direct and biting style how the far left in Europe now functions as the enforcer for Islamic radicalism. Taking sides with Islamic fascism while claiming to be against “fascists”. But, that has almost always been the case, has it not? Mussolini was a communist before he was a fascist, and Hitler was anti-capitalist and a man at home with universal healthcare and — jackboots. His concentration camps were echoed by Stalin.
In my observation the far left was never anything but totalitarian, so again, its true colors are made apparent by its creation of these odd alliances with fascist Islam and the enemies of free speech. Who are the real “fascists” here? Condell has an answer. The YouTube is behind the link!
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.