Thursday, December 17, 2009

Defaming the Muslims of Pinkafeld

I’ve written recently about Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, the Austrian anti-jihad activist who is facing a “hate speech” charge for her outspoken informational seminars about Islam. Last week I posted Elisabeth’s account of a meeting in which she was heckled by Muslim women who took offense at what she had to say.

The Austrian newspaper, which instigated the “hate speech” charge when it published an article about one of Elisabeth’s presentations, is leading the campaign against her “xenophobia”.

It’s interesting to note that the Muslim women mentioned in the article define themselves as Muslims first, and Austrians second — if, in fact, they consider themselves Austrians at all.

Here’s the article from NEWS 51/09, page 38 (unavailable online), as translated by AMT:

Round Two of Defamation of Islam

Defamation Seminars. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff continues her seminars for FPÖ. Now the public is fighting back.

For a short moment one could have thought that Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was the victim of big misunderstanding. NEWS reported about the defamatory seminars she holds for the FPÖ political academy, where she teaches about “Muslims who kill and rape because of their religion” and where she equates Muslims with terrorists. However, her radical attitude appeared much weaker when she gave an interview in the magazine Profil. “I believe my democratic are rights are being taken away from me,” she complains, and argues with seeming repentance. “Of course I know the difference between Muslims and Islamists.”

A sudden catharsis? Not at all. ESW showed her true opinion on the internet even before the article in Profil was published. She had the entire interview published in right-wing blogs and websites and was admonished and criticized by other critics of Islam for having been too mild in her answers and for her liberal views. She promptly defended herself: “Did you consider that I might have chosen my words carefully? That I might have followed a strategy with what I have said? I do know the difference between a Muslim and an Islamist.”

Next Seminars
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She shows her Islam-hating world view just as publicly during her seminars as she does online. Last week FPÖ Pinkafeld invited the “expert” to the town of 5,400 in order to speak about Islam. All “interested people of all parties and religious affiliations” were invited. The call was heeded by a few Muslim women. Already after the first seminar in October they had voiced their concerns to the SPÖ-mayor of Pinkafeld regarding the content of the seminar. Now, at the second seminar, these concerns became larger. “I was shocked by what this woman said about Islam,” says Mrs. S., who out of fear does not want to give her full name. “I am very hurt by the lies that are told about Muslims. I was born in Austria, I speak the language and I am Muslim. Austria is my home, and I will not have it taken away from me.”

Citizens’ Movement in Pinkafeld

Mrs. S. is now planning an information evening with seven other Muslim women in order to inform the public about the daily life of a Muslim. “Apparently there is a great need for information. We are all mothers and want to be part of the decision-making process about which kind of society our children grow up in.”

This seminar will be open to all those interested, unlike the FPÖ-seminar. The NEWS-photographer was rudely asked to leave the room. He was not even allowed to listen to the defamations presented by Sabaditsch-Wolff without a camera.

Previous posts about the hate speech case against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff:

2009 Dec 5 Fighting a Hate Speech Charge in Austria
    11 Heckling the Counterjihad
    14 Whose Law?


rebelliousvanilla said...

I'm really fed up with these first generation immigrants considering themselves as entitled to living in Europe as the people who created Europe.

And obviously they can't consider themselves Austrian first and Muslims second. They just have an Austrian citizenship, they're not Austrian nationals.

mriggs said...

I believe it is important to preserve the factual nature of GoV, in the interest of Gov's mission statement.

The following description does not appear to have any foundation in the article that follows it:

"It’s interesting to note that the Muslim women mentioned in the article define themselves as Muslims first, and Austrians second — if, in fact, they consider themselves Austrians at all."

Or perhaps I have missed it.

Keep up the good work.

4Symbols said...

I think the Baron is right on this - The words define Mrs S as born in Austria - Muslim but not Austrian.

Do islamists use Mr & Mrs?

mriggs said...

4symbols -

There's only a matter of omission. The woman calls Austria her home, but fails to explicitly describe herself as "an Austrian". The description I quoted is too far fetched IMO to be considered factual, unless mindreading is resorted to.