The Political Persecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

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The issue that caused the most uproar in the Austrian press — and which figured prominently in the charge on which Elisabeth was eventually convicted — concerned the prophet Muhammad’s “thing for little girls:

• Q: You are accused of making the following statements, among others: “Muslims rape children because of their religion”, or “Muhammad enjoyed contact with children.” Why the polemics?

• A: This is a clever strategy. You and all the others who are now crying wolf are locked in a choice of words. As a result you are able to maneuver yourselves away from the main point. It is a fact that Muhammad married a six-year-old at the age of 56. To this day men in Islamic countries view this as legitimizing marriage to a minor, thereby causing rape and life-long trauma. This is the problem we need to address, and not how circumscribe this bitter reality.

The complainant in the case against Elisabeth was not the state, but NEWS magazine itself, the publication whose reporter had infiltrated the seminar. For the next ten months the possibility of a formal charge was left hanging over Elisabeth’s head, but she received no official word about what might happen to her. All she could do was retain legal counsel and wait.

In February 2010 she gave a deposition to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Prevention of Terrorism. After that there was nothing from the prosecutor’s office. Finally, on September 15, Elisabeth learned that a formal charge would be filed against her. Ironically enough, she didn’t find out through a court document, an official summons, or her lawyer. Instead she learned of the charge by reading about it in the press — in NEWS, the very same magazine that had published the undercover report and filed the complaint against her.

As she wrote at the time:

I just had a long talk with my legal representation. This is a huge judicial scandal. My lawyer has tried to get the documents detailing my case and the charges. In vain. The public prosecutor cited “computer problems”, the clerks said there is a note in my case that nothing is to be made public (wonder why the media knew about it then), and he was shoved from clerk to clerk, getting nothing. So far we know that I will be tried, but nothing else.

I have nothing whatsoever in my hands. I cannot defend myself at the moment because neither my lawyer nor I know the precise charges.

It makes me wonder about our judicial system. It is outrageous that the media in both Germany and Austria knew about this before the accused.

A few days later she received official notice from the court: her trial date would be November 23, 2010.

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  • Steeloak

    Let the show trials begin! Like Geert Wilders before her, Elisabeth's trial will only serve to create thousands of new activists willing to fight for freedom. They will go down in history as some of the first ones to say no to the oppression of political correctness.

  • Western Civilisation

    Islam is not a religion. It is a cult. It spread hates speech via the Koran and via its organized Mosque infrastructure. Islam should be put on trial, not someone telling the truth.

  • StephenD

    Wasn't it said that the day will come when Good will be called Evil and Evil will be called Good?
    Are we there yet?

    Someone posted on these pages the sad truth is we watch casual as the world boldly marches straight into the 7th century.

  • tanstaafl

    The new facism raises it's ugly head in the west.

  • mrbean

    I will bet that daily in the Universities there is open anti-semitism in classrooms and seminars – and open advocacy by Muslims for the subversion and violent overythrow of the elected governments of European countries in the Mosques and on street corners. Hell they even openly advocate the raping of infidel women in the Mosques and publically. Europe will be Europa sooner than you think with these Mr Alligator eat me last European cowards.

  • Questions

    Where can I send this woman some money? She's a real fighter for the right cause.

  • mrbean

    Did you ever wonder why Michael Savage was banned from entering Britain? This video is why! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btdya9uOA8Q

  • UCSPanther

    I wager that the European Elite are probably a bit disappointed that Brevik was declared insane, because it means that they will have to change plans and try another approach to not let the Utoya rampage go to waste…

  • hajid

    "denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion" , Wow, they recognize a cult which encourages child pronography and molesting as a religion while 'denigration' a citizen who is telling the truth about it?

    Elisabeth should counter sue the magazine, the prosecutor, as well as the judge of 'hate speech' against a person!

  • Omar Khalid,Cairo

    Islam is a problem that will never go away. Inbreeding affects around 65% of all current muslims and 100% of them throughout history. Their minds are not like a normal person. Liberals, progressives will get their due when they face G-d on their way to their chosen messiah. There is only prayer left and G-d will have his way eventually.

  • LindaRivera

    Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is a heroine! She has placed her life on the line in order to protect innocents and DEFEND our freedom. It was to protect innocents and defend freedom that the brave heroes of the world wars fought and died and gave their lives so that we could live in FREEDOM and safety.

    European countries who persecute and prosecute Elisabeth, Geert Wilders and other heroes of the Free World, stomp on the graves of our heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in freedom.

  • Ben

    Instead of denazification the country was declared the Hitler`s victim and all past nazies became leftists-the procedure described by the writer A.Malroe about Germany. The first president-Jew ( as the reparation) became Arafat`s friend. Austrian(and German) anti-nazism and anti-semitism fight excludes Muslims.When Muslim attack a Jew nobody describe this as the religiouse hate act.

    • Questions

      Nazis didn't become "Leftists." The Left in West Germany was a youthful homegrown post-War phenomenon of the universities that erupted, as in France, in 1968. Most German Lefties weren't even born when WWII broke out.

  • Johnny Appleseed

    If you have not familiarized yourself with Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff 's work, please do so.
    These charges IMO are political payback, to bully her into silence.
    Please see her presentation at a OSCE conference in Vienna (link below) entitled, “Confronting Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims in Public Discourse.”
    It is vital that those of us in Western societies familiarize ourselves with the arguments she presented against the use of the terms "Islamophobia" and "anti-Muslim". In her arguments, she demonstrated clearly with evidence that these terms are part of a long term documented campaign by the OIC to silence criticism of political Islam and pressure Western governments and societies into accepting sharia-based Islamic slander laws and is part of an ongoing process by OIC to establish Islamic jurisprudence for themselves within Western countries . The evidence she presented indicates an ongoing encroachment by a foreign, organized Islamic body to undermine the sovereignty and freedoms of Western societies that should ultimately have nothing but complete independence and freedom from foreign interests and from Islamic sharia law. Her arguments will be those Americans most likely will have to adopt in short order if we are to preserve freedom of speech from Islamist encroachment. Consider that Hillary Clinton just this summer indicated that our own State Department would be "coordinating" with OIC on legal ways to implement UN's resolution criminalizing "defamation of religion". This "resolution" only refers to Islam and no other religions and is a tyrannical dictate of the highest order in light of the OIC's complete disinterest in advocating for religious freedom or measures against defamation of non-Islamic religions within Muslim-majority countries in the middle east.

    Please read Elisabeth's increasingly relevant arguments here: http://english.savefreespeech.org/?p=403#more-403
    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/08/secretary-of-st

  • Jim

    The violation of the human right called freedom of speech is the real crime for which the violators should be brought to trial.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    Some time ago I blogged with an ex-cop who wanted to move to Austria because it is "a wonderful, open, and non-polluted place to live." He was a good chap but from this and other articles I believe he was wrong. What is the matter with the authorities? Are they stupid or what? Freedom of speech is so very important. When one religion (and I'm a retired pastor and police officer) is allowed to silence anyone, it is the beginning of the end for that country. Islam is a threat to freedom loving people everywhere. It is a religion what justifies "killing, stealing and destroying" which is the description Jesus uses to describe the devil. It's goal hasn't changed since it's founding. It ok's cutting up a women's vagina, making them wear a garbage bag, and lowering their impact to 2nd class citizenship. It makes non-Muslim's into third class citizens, with ridiculous requirements and allows Muslims to kill non-Muslim's and destroy churches and other religious meeting places. Have we forgotten the Taliban's destruction of centuries old Buddhas because it conflicted with their beliefs. Stone statues are no threat to anyone and they were important to many people. This lady should be listened to. If you don't like what she says fine, you don't have to agree with her or even listen to her. If they take away her right to speak, your right to speak will be next. Good heavens, Austria, wake up.

  • hammar

    mule-ham has been dead and rotting in the ground for some 15 centuries…..
    the false prophet of islam is nothing more than the devil’s
    mix’s of hatred and sin corrupting the world.

  • Fran Thaler

    While supporting the rights of free speech and opposing her conviction — be realistic about
    the Austrian Freedom Party — they have Nazi roots and to this day glorify Nazi war heroes.

  • James Green

    Islam is a totalitarian fascist ideology. Nothing more, nothing less. Islam's war on the world is more than 1300 years old.

  • valhalla

    "Forbidding the criticism of -any religion is certainly not a precept of a- free society -or of Western civilisation-by -silencing -criticism of -islam -islam supremascists-succeed -have suceeded-have -imposed -sharia law."