Free speech dead in Austria: neo-Dark Ages begin w/Sabaditsche-Wolff conviction unless…


Elisabeth Sabaditsche-Wolff (Click to watch video of Copenhagen speech, Nov 2010)Mary Lou Ambrogio, VP of IFPS-Canada, sent me the following story in the The Brussels Journal about the frightening conviction of Elisabeth Sabaditsche-Wolff for hate speech in Austria.

Mary Lou’s accompanying  remarks:

This is a fascinating summary of what happened in the case against ESW and how the judge was able to introduce a new charge after hearing all the evidence and realizing they couldn’t get her on the original charge. Kangaroo court doesn’t even begin to describe this process.”

The Brussels Journal, Feb 21/11

Convicted for calling Muhammad a ‘paedophile’

In Austria, calling Muhammad a ‘paedophile’ constitutes illegal denigration of “religious teachings”. This is what Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was found guilty of in an Austrian court. Read on for an extensive analysis of the puzzling verdict.

Acquitted and convicted

Crying -  ashamedThere is now a conviction against Austrian citizen Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (ESW), who stood trial on a charge of “incitement to hatred” at a series of seminars educating about political Islam and the challenges we face. The case was closed on February 15th 2011 by judge Bettina Neubauer, who gave the following verdict to ESW, who was also convicted of being a “Repeat offender”, in spite of this conviction being her first:

  • Acquitted on the charge of incitement to hatred
  • Convicted for denigration of the teachings of a legally recognized religion.
  • Punishment: 120 day fines for a total of 480 euros.

This verdict deserves analysis and scrutiny.

The original charges

Acquittal first: The charge of incitement to hatred was originally the main point of the case. The defence has countered that charge in two different ways:

First by going through factual details of the lectures, documenting that everything said there was firmly based on Islamic source material, for instance Reliance of the Traveller from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo. The defence even shouldered the cost of an authorized translation of relevant passages into German, so that they might be accepted by the court. The judge took the documentation into the case, and the public prosecutor did not challenge the validity of it.   […]

Read the rest of this story…

VoC Comment

King said, in his ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ dated April 16/63:

I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Sabaditsche-Wolff’s conviction in Austria is an affront to all freedom-loving people in the world, just as were the prosecutions of Jesper Langballe and Lars Hedegaard, and the Toronto Sun’s Peter Worthington connected those attacks on free speech with what has gone on in Caledonia to highlight that we all, no matter which side of the Atlantic we reside, are indeed caught in what King called ‘an inescapable network of mutuality.’ 

Free speech is dead in Austria. Open debate is dead. Human intellectual progress is on a downward spiral, and democracy is finished in Austria unless…patriots begin an aggressive civl rights movement against their government based on Dr. King’s teachings of ‘non-violent direct action.’

Europe’s fate may well be ours if we do not vigorously resist every single violation of our basic freedoms with all our strength and determination by those who would take them from us, else how will we save Europe from itself – again.


Mark Vandermaas, Editor

4 responses to “Free speech dead in Austria: neo-Dark Ages begin w/Sabaditsche-Wolff conviction unless…

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  2. Truthguy - Mu'r Shieldcrusher

    My gracious, how can this be true eh?

    Of course Muhammad was a pedophile, take a six year old as a bride, but we must recognize that he didn’t have sex with her (so it is written) until she became nine years of age. That makes him a sexual pervert for certain.

    This past year there was a single marriage ceremony in Palistian that saw 450 males in their twenties and thirties married to girls six to nine, this was okay because Moe the pedophile did it in the first half of the seventh century. Do we not think that many things have changed since then?

    Females have absolutely no rights in Muslim countries; how lucky we are here in Canada eh. You wanna bet; the same crap is happening right here in Canada.

    Our government has no balls, no common sense in protecting Muslim women and girls from hundreds of EVIL acts against humanity; it’s not simply an act of murdering, say one particular girl or lady; it’s an evil act against all of mankind.

    What’s the reason for this? Is it for votes? Please prove to me that this can’t be true.

    Sadly we know that polititians will accept almost anything to get voted in. Sharia law has got it’s ugly foot into our door of decency already and is now pushing and pushing to get it’s ugly leg into our country. Look not only at Austria; which also gave the world Adolf Hitler; look at every European country; there’s changes, for the bad, in each country.

    Once free and beautiful cities, are now infested with a blight; with terrible things happening.

    Sweden, Denmark, France, Holland, Germany, England and Spain are not the nice countries they were in the sixties and seventies, where I travelled for over two years on five trips. I correspond with Denmark regularly and I ask many questions and forwarded numerous news items, and receive lengthy and full replies. I remember London, Paris and Copenhagen; not two week trips, for months and multiple visits; it’s become so sad. The countries that have or had the best social systems are supporting millions of immigrants with multiple wives and dozens of kids that put NOTHING back into the country.

    There is so much that we here in North America have got to learn, curtail immigration and be tough on liars and cheats that try to enter our countries. The bleeding hearts and liars in Ottawa have got to be changed; yes, what do we have to change them for eh?

    VoC: Hi Truthguy, I always try to avoid generalizing about anyone whether it’s about native groups or Muslims, and that’s how I have to approach your comment because someone could misinterpret it as generalization vs. Muslims which I don’t think you intended.

    Without supporting evidence, I don’t know if it’s true or not what you say about these countries supporting millions of people contributing nothing to society. I choose to believe, in the absence of clear evidence to the contrary, that the vast majority of Muslims are good citizens and have nothing to do with extremists.

    Lars Hedegaard talked about how there are parts of Copenhagen where non-Muslims are not safe, where the police cannot enforce the law. He said there are schools in Denmark where it is not safe for Jewish children to attend.

    As for immigration, we always should be careful about who is allowed to come to Canada, no matter what race or religion they happen to be.

    I am not an authority on the Koran, and don’t pretend to be. The article cited in my post lays out, in some detail, some of the things you say. My only point of this story is that free speech should not be dependent on whether or not someone else feels insulted. That is simply insane since it deprives society not only of civil liberties, but also the scrutiny on important issues such as the ones raised by ESW and yourself.

    While I think it is appropriate to explore the influence of Koranic/Sharia law in the actions of extremists which I do believe pose a serious threat to democracies, I do not want to use it to paint all Muslims as extremists.

    All one has to do is listen to a wonderful man named Salim Mansur, or read his words, to know that not all Muslims are extremists. I had the pleasure of meeting this great defender of liberty and the Jewish people at a Jewish community centre in London recently where he spoke about his trip to Israel.

    Thanks for writing, Truthguy. Mark

  3. Miss Susan M Kettle

    Dear Mr. Vandermass,
    This is indeed a very sad story. The word Paedophile was probably not in eistence at the time of Mohammed and I am surprised that the convicted did not quote the fact that he married his favourite wife when she was indeed an infant. Sharia and Qr’anic law allow that a man may marry a baby, but eternal sexual activity is not permitted until that infant is a child of 5 and even then will be in trouble if they damage the child. Full sex is permitted when the child is 9 and they can even then have a baby. Sharia Law and the Qr’an lay out quite specifically how a man can (in our modern terminology) can treat his wife(wives) by beating, ignoring, criticising continually and even divorcing on a whim, whereas a woman cannot, by their law , divorc a man. I have only recently taken up a lot of interest in the Islam in Europe and the West . Feel very sad re this conviction. If you don’t like the truth, make a law to counteract it. (Miss) S.M.K

    VoC: I am not an authority on the Koran, and don’t pretend to be. The article lays out, in some detail, some of the things you say, and I know you’ve read books on the subject. My only point of this story is that free speech should not be dependent on whether or not someone else feels insulted. That is simply insane.

    Not that you said or implied it, I have to include my usual disclaimer here that while I think it is appropriate to explore the influence of Koranic/Sharia law in the actions of extremists, I do not want to use it to paint all Muslims as extremists.

    Thanks for writing, SMK. Mark

  4. elisabeth sabaditsch is in trouble for speaking truths about islam which is dangerous no matter how it is packaged.

    the twin fogs of political correctness & ignorance must be dispersed before western society better understands this menace. even a brief review of islamic theology & history quickly exposes the deadly roots of this evil ideology.

    see the links in the pdf version below for more accurate info about islam

    islam is a horrible ideology for human rights

    5 key things about islam

    1. mythical beliefs – all religions have these (faith) because its part of being a religion: having beliefs without proof until after the believer dies. the problem is people will believe almost anything.

    2. totalitarianism – islam has no seperation of church and state: sharia law governs all. there is no free will in islam: only submission to the will of allah as conveniently determined by the imams who spew vapors to feather their own nests. there are no moderate muslims: they all support sharia law.

    3. violence – islam leads the pack of all religions in violent tenets for their ideology & history: having eternal canonical imperatives for supremacy at all costs and calling for violence & intimidation as basic tools to achieve these goals.

    4. dishonesty – only islam has dishonesty as a fundamental tenet: this stems from allah speaking to mohamhead & abrogation in the koran which is used to explain how mo’s peaceful early life was superseded by his warlord role later.

    5. misogyny – present day islam is still rooted in 8th century social ethics: treating females as property of men good only for children, severely limiting their activities, dressing them in shower curtains and worse.

    conclusions ??

    there really are NO redeeming qualities for this muddled pile of propaganda.

    islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

    graphics version

    1 page pdf version – do file/download 6kb viewer doesn’t show fonts well, has better fonts header footer links, great for emailing printing etc