ELISABETH SABADITSCH-WOLFF’s November 23 court hearing

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As the court proceedings occurred during Thanksgiving week, I am late reporting this: On November 23 Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff had her court hearing in Austria, where she faces imprisonment for speaking out against Islam. You can see a very detailed report of the hearing here. The next hearing is now scheduled for January 18, 2011.

All in all, this whole trial is a travesty of justice. Sabaditsch-Wolff merely quoted the Koran in describing why she considers it a threat. More importantly, doesn’t freedom of speech mean freedom of speech? That some Muslims were offended by her comments is completely irrelevant.

You can send money to Sabaditsch-Wolff’s legal fund here.



  • “… doesn’t freedom of speech mean freedom of speech?”

    Certainly. But that unusual concept is found only here, and a few other places. As far as I know, the EU is not really comfortable with it. I looked at the EU Constitution.

    Among other things:

    “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

    Here’s the key point:

    “ARTICLE II-71
    Freedom of expression and information
    1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

    Evidently, “everyone” is broadly interpreted to mean “everyone we grant it to”. There’s no question that the trial violates that section. On that basis, the trial should be thrown out of court.

    Austria ratified the EU Constitution in 2005.

  • Meh, the USA has the same laws. Every time one of these “exceptions” is written there should be an outcry, but there isn’t. It’s too easy to say “that sounds reasonable” and ignore the inevitable abuse.

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