A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT has been filed against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for "hate speech" under Austrian law. She gave a presentation about Islam in Austria, teaching some of the same basic things about Islam we teach here. But a magazine planted someone in her class to observe (and to make a formal accusation with the police) leading to the charges brought against her. Then the magazine published a story about her "hate school.
Sabaditsch-Wolff knows a lot about Islam. She's the daughter of a retired diplomat who spent parts of her childhood in Iran during the Khomeini Revolution. Later, she spent some time in Iraq and was employed at the Austrian embassies in Libya and Kuwait. In 1990, she and other Austrians were held hostage during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
Sabaditsch-Wolff represents the Citizens' Movement Pax Europa on an international level, and she's the ACT! for America chapter leader for Vienna.
Yet she was formally charged with "inciting hatred against a religious group," and in Austria (given what happened during WWII) they take this charge seriously.
One reason for the investigation is her use of something from Citizen Warrior — excerpts from the article, Why I Am Worried About Islam But Not Christianity. In particular, this part:
- Some Christians have political goals, just as some dog fanciers have political goals.
- But Islam is different in an important way: Muslims have a religious duty to work for political goals — it is a form of devotion and worship — and Muslims don't get to choose what goals they should strive for; the goals have been decreed by Allah. Mohammad was against living in monasteries or living a contemplative life. Muslims do not meditate. The way to show devotion to Allah is to fight for Islam. Literally (and politically).
- As far as I know, no Christians have expressed any desire to kill me. And it would have no doctrinal support from the New Testament if they had.
- Many Jihadis have openly expressed the desire to kill all Americans, including me, and many Americans have already been killed by them. And they have plenty of doctrinal support from the Qur'an to justify this killing.
- A Christian can leave Christianity any time they want.
- The penalty for leaving Islam is death.
- When Christians kill, it can only be in spite of Christian teachings.
- When a Jihadi kills, it is likely because of Islamic teachings, and they will tell you so openly and proudly.
Sabaditsch-Wolff has been giving her seminars for awhile, and one Austrian web site sent someone to attend her seminar. In their report, they wrote:
In 95% of her three-hour lecture on Islam, the Koran, and sharia, seminar leader Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff cites Muslims from around the world, or directly from the Koran. She holds back with her own interpretations — even without an undercover agent present! Among those attending we noticed no traces of aggression — they were more horrified by what they heard. During a break, the mood was relaxed, but with no signs of xenophobia or the like!
Sabaditsch-Wolff is going to fight these charges, and she is gaining worldwide support. She's a symbol and focus of support, not unlike Geert Wilders, because she's a forerunner in the fight we all face — the battle to protect our freedoms in Western societies against Muslim pressure to insert Sharia standards into Western policies.
To give you a better feel for what kind of woman Sabaditsch-Wolff is, and to really feel her strength, intelligence, and clear-headed reasonableness, read the following excerpts from an interview with Sabaditsch-Wolff by Austria's equivalent to Time Magazine. Her answers are worth studying.
Early on, the interviewer asked if she really saw the need for trying to preserve Europe and its democratic and secular values.
Sabaditsch-Wolff said: There are powerful groups who are working towards the Islamization of Europe. That is a fact. What can we gain from closing our eyes and ignoring this? Even Libyan leader Muammar Ghadafi says: "There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest. We don't need terrorists, we don't need homicide bombers. The 50+ million Muslims [in Europe] will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades." A head of state confirms what our politicians deny. What else has to happen until we finally get it?
Interviewer: You are accused of making the following statements, among others: "Muslims rape children because of their religion", or "Mohammed enjoyed contact with children." Why the polemics?
Sabaditsch-Wolff: 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 Mohammed 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 to circumscribe this bitter reality.
Interviewer: Are you afraid that these customs will become part of Europe?
Sabaditsch-Wolff: There are groups who have this goal. In every Islamic system you find that human rights of young girls are in grave danger. Look at Saudi Arabia. Look at the former socialist South Yemen. When Khomeini came to power he lowered the minimum age for girls to get married to nine years.
Interviewer: You are being accused of Islamophobia. Does this bother you?
Sabaditsch-Wolff: A phobia is an irrational fear. My worries are not irrational, but justified. One of these days our politicians will have to recognize this fact. People like me are not right-wing xenophobes.
Interviewer: But what are you?
Sabaditsch-Wolff: We are people defending the principles of freedom and equality in a secular society. I criticize political Islam and its political manifestations. No democratic country can take this right away from anyone.
Interviewer: In what way are you qualified to hold these seminars?
Sabaditsch-Wolff: I have an M.A. in Diplomatic and Strategic Studies. I spent part of my childhood in Islamic countries, worked and lived there. I have personally experienced life in Islamic societies and I see evidence of a trend towards the Islamization of Europe.
Interviewer: Will you continue with your seminars?
Sabaditsch-Wolff: Yes. There are requests coming in from all over Austria. I will continue to defend my right to freedom of speech. I will not be gagged.