The Political Persecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff


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Editor’s note: The following is the second installment of a series of articles following activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff’s battle against her own government, as they proceed to prosecute her for disseminating the truth about Islam. To read Part I, click here.

Just before Christmas, an article about Elisabeth appeared in Wienerin, a glossy Austrian magazine similar to Vanity Fair. Some translated excerpts:

She is said to have incited hate against Muslims, and is before the court on a charge of incitement. But even a conviction will not silence Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. S. M. Steinitz accompanied the new figurehead of the Islam critics to Copenhagen. And witnessed how Sabaditsch-Wolff made her trial a manifesto — and gained in political influence.

The prosecutor apparently did not consider it necessary to prepare for the trial. No, he said, he had no questions for the defendant. The tape recording of her comments, the basis for the charge against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, 39, he had only heard “in excerpts.” On this tape, covertly recorded by a reporter in the fall of 2009, can be heard how Sabaditsch-Wolff — during her seminar “The Fundamentals of Islam” — says to a participant, among other things, “Cardinals rape in spite of their religion. Muslims rape because of their religion.” Sponsor of the seminar: the Freedom Education Institute. A charge was laid after a report appeared in the weekly magazine, NEWS.

A year later in Room 31of the Vienna Regional Court: the prosecutor seems confident of success, almost bored. Even the onlookers do not doubt that a verdict will be reached quickly: Sabaditsch-Wolff — guilty of incitement and denigration of religious doctrines. Like Susanne Winter, the FPÖ representative who was convicted two years ago because of her comments about the founder of Islam. (“In today’s system, this Muhammad is a child molester.”)

But it was different this time.

[…]

The charge of incitement is the high point of her career as a provocateur thus far. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff devotes up to ten hours a day to her campaign, prepares speeches and seminars, confers by e-mail and skype with allies all over the world. A look at her life history could offer an answer to the Why: As the daughter of an Austrian diplomat, she experienced, at age six, the takeover of the ayatollahs in Iran. “These shouting figures in their black robes, the palpable fear of the religious police in the streets — all that unsettled me greatly.” Years later, she was working in the Austrian embassy in Kuwait when Iraqi troops marched in. The embassy employees became hostages of Saddam, and were allowed to leave the country only after weeks of diplomatic negotiations. Sabaditsch-Wolff treated the trauma of her captivity in the book “I Was Saddam’s Hostage.”

Later she returned to Kuwait, then worked in Libya after that. “Life in Islamic countries is terrible,” she maintains. “… And the Muslims are the first victims of this ideology. They should be freed from their religion.” Does she really believe that Islamization is threatening Europe? “It is already fully underway. And if we do nothing, Europe will go under.”

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Copenhagen, a few days later. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, invited by the Free Press Society to a conference in the Danish parliament on the topic “Freedom of Expression,” was introduced as a “martyr for freedom of speech.” The guest list reads like the Who’s Who of European rightist parties: Jimmie Åkesson, head of the Sweden Democrats, who this year managed to enter the Swedish parliament with a controversial ad (burka-wearing women with baby carriages scaring an old woman off of welfare support). Peter Skaarup, foreign policy spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, is also there. Then too, René Stadtkewitz, founder of the German party Die Freiheit, modeled on the example of Geert Wilders’ Netherlands party of the same name [in Dutch]. He also intended to come, but had to cancel, at the last minute. “He is watching my trial with great interest,” says Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who had met Wilders in Berlin in October. “He himself is accused of incitement. It’s crazy how many of us they want to get.”

She is greeted as a friend by the politicians. The paying public too, which has come to see Sabaditsch-Wolff live, is happy. “I know you from the internet. You are Elisabeth from Austria,” says an elderly lady. “You are a heroine!” shouts another. “Elisabeth from Austria” is a web celebrity. On more than forty connected websites she is celebrated as a “free speech advocate,” as a “fighter for freedom of speech.” On the website set up especially for her —savefreespeech.org — donations are requested, for her trial, which she will pursue “if it is necessary, all the way to The European Court of Human Rights.”

[…]

The career of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff continues. Next, she and [Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the Austrian Freedom Party] are invited to a series of speeches in Canada. And the spear tip of the USA rightist conservatives, Sarah Palin, has already become interested in the troop. “I appreciate your work,” she sends a message, “and I look forward to meeting you soon.” “Global politics are being pursued,” Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff declares. Astounded follow-up: “And I am right in the middle of it.”

[…]

This is not the “housewife with an unusual hobby”, as she has been represented until now. More like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Confronted with this picture, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff laughs. “The wolf has had a bad image for a long time. Even so, it is a very useful animal: in its territory, the wolf maintains the balance of the species.”

When the trial reconvened in January, the tapes of the seminars were played back. In the process the defense was able to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood and its extensive political influence within Austria and the rest of Europe. Elisabeth explained the Brotherhood’s desire to implement religious rule (shariah) and its support for terrorism to attain this end. She quoted the hadith — what Muhammad did and said — as the ideal for pious Muslims and the foundation for Islamic law.

Her summary: “There is no Islam without Shariah; the two cannot be separated. Shariah-based societies have been known for many centuries, and still exist today. The aim is to establish a social order identical to that decreed by Muhammad, which he exemplified. Islamic radicals today retain the same goal: to implement shariah as widely as possible, ideally throughout the world.”

She quoted the Qur’an to support her assertions.

Next she discussed taqiyya — the Islamically-mandated obligation of sacred lying in furtherance of the cause of Islam. The Qur’an, Bukhari’s authoritative hadith, and Muslim scriptural references all support the concept, which is fully described in Islamic law. She said that the idea of religiously-sanctioned lying is difficult for our politicians to handle.

Concerning the charges, the judge discussed Elisabeth’s statement that the conduct of Muhammad is exemplary for Muslims, including the problems raised by the scriptural reference to Muhammad’s marriage to a six-year-old girl. What exactly that would be called today, if not pedophilia?

Later in the day the judge, at her own discretion, announced the addition of the second charge: “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion.” Elisabeth’s lawyer was not prepared for this, and asked for the trial to be adjourned. The judge scheduled the next session for February 15th.

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  • randy

    Canada would let this nut in?

    • Blaze Pascal

      Why randy, were you thinking of going to Canada?

    • BIG IRISH

      no lets keep her OUT and keep letting in hundreds of thousands of mohammedian sand monkeys so in a few years we will all be forced to bend over and stick our asses in the air and worship a pagan vile moon god!!

    • truebearing

      The more important question is: who let you out?

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    i s l a m IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    i s l a m strives for world domination.

    The q u r a n commands m u s l i m s to exercise jihad.

    The q u e r n commands muslims to establish s h a r i a h law.

    The q u e r n commands m u s l i m s to impose i s l a m on the entire world.

    i s l a m is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    i s l a m IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    i s l a m wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    s h a r i a h law is a law that controls every detail of life in a i s l a m i c society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the q u r a n is the call to j i h a d.

    J i h a d means a lot of things and is a r a b i c for battle.

    i s l a m means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    i s l a m and freedom, i s l a m and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    m o h a m e d 's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes m o h a m e d a P E D O P H I L E!!!

    And you want to base a "R e l i g i o n" on this a z s -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

    • BIG IRISH

      DEAD ON!……muzzies shouldnt fool anyone anymore!

    • randy

      And the catholics have thier sexually dysfunctional, pediphile priests. Did not the christians murder and enslave the natives when they were stealing north america.

      • Zohar Khan

        The smug, P.C. ignorance displayed by your comments is simply breathtaking!

        Yes, Catholic clerics have been unmasked as pedophiles, & often their (all too human) superiors have been more interested in sweeping scandal under the rug than protecting the victims… But *nowhere* in the New Testament does it say that Jesus condoned or practiced such behavior, nor does *any* Christian use the life or teachings of Jesus & the founders of their Church to defend & *promote* such perversion!

        Now read the Koran & the Hadiths & read or listen to the learned scholars & authorities of traditional & modern Islam: they *do* defend & justify these same practices – & conquest, & genocide, & slavery, etc. etc. etc. – on the basis of Mo's Koran & sunna – his supposedly "perfect" 7th Century life & example…

        Your attempt at "moral equivalence" is garbage.

        I am not a Christian, incidentally, nor even religious, but I do know something of history & comparative theology. My god, man, hit the primary sources – starting with the Koran & Hadiths, etc. – before you spout more nonsense!

        • No Dhimmi

          randy is your typical liberal idiot who makes me embarrassed to admit I'm a liberal.

      • Howard

        Like the lady said, Randy, “Cardinals rape in spite of their religion. Moslems rape because of their religion.” The same principle holds true for the Christian conquests and enslavements, which occured in spite of Christian teahings. Especially those conquests and enslavements by the Spanish, who probably learned a thing or two from the moslem Moors who conquered and ruled them from 711 until 1492. You know, little things like forced conversion. The enslavement or other forms of exploitation of conquered people. Minor stuff like that which moslem apologists and the current generation of historians like to deny or whitewash.

      • Jim Dandy

        It's true, the Catholic Church was infiltrated by pedophiles. That's hardly their fault.

        Also, there are about 30 countries that were once completely Christian and other religions, that are now completely Muslim. I expect you to rail against the vicious Islamic Imperialism that went into these bloody conquests. Egypt is in the process of extinguishing its last Christians, not that you would care.

  • StephenD

    "…second charge: “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion.”

     You would think that to "denigrate" something you would have to lie about it, cast aspersions on it or otherwise defame it. Telling the truth about something, regardless if it hurts or is uncomfortable or leads folks away from it cannot possibly be wrong. 

    We know the same efforts are in the works in America to stifle the truth. I won't have it. They'll have to build a lot more prisons because I know I'm not alone.
    My thoughts and prayers are with this “heroine.”

  • Stuart Parsons

    The world needs to be told Muhammad murdered all who spoke out against him and with his deluded, booty and sex motivated followers he lied, plotted, tortured, killed, robbed, ransomed and raped his way to absolute politival and religious power.

    MUHAMMAD WAS THE BIGGEST MENACE THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.

    • randy

      More than the U.S.?

      • truebearing

        Obviously you are trying to be oppositional and stupid. Do you still rebel by refusing to defecate? Your comments strongly reek of arrested development.

      • ajnn

        huh ?

        are you agreeing that islam is destructive but assert the US is also destructive or disputing islam is destructive ?

      • Western Canadian

        Vastly more than the us, and just a little more than ignorant sods like you.

  • intrcptr2

    So would Muhammad.