May 23 2014
In 2011 Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted of “hate speech” in an Austrian court for telling the plain truth in her seminars on Islam. Her case is now pending at the European Court of Human Rights. For readers who are not already familiar with her case, here is a brief timeline of what has happened:
|October 2010||Elisabeth was indicted in Vienna, Austria, for statements she made in one of her seminars on the ideology and effect of Islam.|
|February 2011||Elisabeth was convicted of “hate speech” in an Austrian court. In order to obtain a conviction, the trial judge was forced to introduce a new charge, “denigrating the teaching of a legally recognized religion” — during the trial itself.|
|December 2011||The verdict was upheld by the appellate court, which noted that her statements constituted “an excess of opinion” punishable under Austrian law.|
|December 2013||The verdict was upheld by the Austrian supreme court, which noted that under the European Convention of Human Rights, freedom of religion overrides freedom of expression. Elisabeth notes that criticism of Christianity comes under the rubric of art, while criticism of Islam is criminal. She says: “There is no political freedom without religious freedom, inclusive of the right to criticize religion.”|
The following video is from a discussion conducted while Elisabeth was in Orlando, attending the March against Muslim Persecution of Christians around the world. Statements such as these have now been criminalized by the Austrian judicial system.