Thursday, September 09, 2010

“Islam is a Political Ideology Disguised as a Religion”

As I’ve said many times in the past, CBN’s coverage of Islam is superior to anything produced by the major television networks. Its news production is every bit as professional, and far exceeds the MSM in its accuracy and depth of information.

The latest from CBN concerns one of Gates of Vienna’s own: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. As regular readers know, Elisabeth has a hate speech charge hanging over her head in Austria for a lecture she gave about Islam.

Here’s the report from Erick Stakelbeck. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for YouTubing it:



Below are some excerpts from the accompanying article at CBN:

VIENNA, Austria — Burning Korans and criticizing religions may generate anger in America, but it’s still freedom of speech guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

However in Europe, speaking out against Islam can lead to a jail sentence.

CBN News interviewed one Austrian citizen facing hate crimes charges for criticizing the Koran.

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff still remembers her first exposure to Islam as a small child. It was 1979 and her father, an Austrian diplomat, was stationed in Tehran during the Iranian revolution.

“Millions of people were congregating and screaming ‘Allahu Akhbar,’” she said.

That incident began an eye-opening journey for Sabaditsch-Wolff, who would be stationed in several Islamic countries during her own diplomatic career. She was living in Libya nine years ago when the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. occurred.

“My landlord came running down, banging on my door. And I opened the door and he ran inside my apartment and said, ‘The Jews did it!’ That was the first words he said,” she recalled.

Experiences like that led her to study the Koran and Islamic culture extensively.
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This is the latest case of a European charged with hate speech against Islam.

Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders expects a verdict in his hate crimes trial later this year.

In addition to Austria and the Netherlands, hate speech charges have also been filed in the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Denmark, Belgium and Finland — all against critics of Islam.

Sabaditsch-Wolff’s case is still under review in Austria. In the meantime, the self-described feminist says she will continue to speak out for the sake of future generations.

“Maybe we’re all wrong. Maybe this is the way to go. Maybe Islam really is peace and we’re wrong. I look at my daughter and I think ‘no.’ You have the right to live as you would like to live,” she said.

6 comments:

kritisk_borger said...

If she is charged with hate speech simply for having quoted passages from the Koran, then it’s those specific passages from the Koran that should be classified as hate speech.

That’s a no brainer surely?

1389 said...

@kritisk_borger:

You didn't get the memo.

It's only "hate speech" when it comes from a non-Muslim of European origins.

Human rights is the new race card

Anonymous said...

The last two paragraphs are an example of what I've been trying to say about real feminism vs. today's faux feminism. This woman is a real feminist. She resists Islam because, unlike the faux feminists, she gets it that Islam is against freedom for her and her daughters. You go, girl.

gsw said...

Having lived in Austria for a number of years: it is "hate speech" if a muslim says so.

The islamaphobia of sections the Austrian government has now reached the level of them being frightened that any comment at all, about islam/muslims by a non-muslim, could spark the sort of riots that Germany, France, the UK and Norway have seen in the last few years.

Care should also be taken in praising muslims, this can be construed as sarcasm and "offend".

I used to laugh at islamaphobia as a "construct word" designed for propaganda use, however, having now seen the power of the fear, which has the press and the 'powers-that-be' in their grip, I know that this is a very real 'phobia' and one that could cost us out freedoms!

Zenster said...

kritisk_borger: If she is charged with hate speech simply for having quoted passages from the Koran, then it’s those specific passages from the Koran that should be classified as hate speech.

File under: Stopped Clock − Right Twice A Day

1389: It's only "hate speech" when it comes from a non-Muslim of European origins.

Muslims may well be incapable of hate. It seems as though their specialty is kiling.

latté island: She resists Islam because, unlike the faux feminists, she gets it that Islam is against freedom for her and her daughters. You go, girl.

Elisabeth clearly "gets it". She is a woman and mother who is fully cognizant of Islam's deeply rooted misogyny and simply will not tolerate it. I am proud to call her a friend.

gsw: Having lived in Austria for a number of years: it is "hate speech" if a muslim says so.

Allowing Muslims to define hate speech is like allowing Black people to define racism.

1389 said...

@gsw,

The entire -ophobia construct is bogus. It's a manipulation of the leftist/jihadist convergence.

We could turn it back on them if we wanted, say by pointing out that Obama and Charles Johnson both appear to be afflicted with stavrophobia (i.e., fear of crosses).