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This afternoon a new organization called The United West was launched in Miami, Florida. Its goal is to unite Western Civilization against sharia.
The United West is an outgrowth of the Florida Security Council, but aims for an international reach. To that end, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was one of the featured speakers. Below is the text of the speech she gave this afternoon:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I’d like to thank Tom Trento for inviting me to sunny South Florida for the launch of The United West. Coming from frigid Vienna, it is a delight to feel the warmth and enjoy the sun for a change!
I was quite surprised to learn that Florida is one of the hotbeds for radical Muslims in the United States. What brings them here? Do the palm trees and sand remind them of the oases back home?
In any case, they’re here. So why should we worry about Islam?
It’s just a religion, like Judaism or Christianity. We’ve been told not to let a few violent radicals discredit a great religion.
Yes, we’ve all heard these words before. But they are only pretty lies.
Violence is deeply embedded in Islamic theology, and especially in Islamic law, or sharia. Violence is endemic in Islam because its scriptures and law require Muslims to be violent in order to protect Islam and extend sharia throughout the world.
Sharia has already come to my country, and to most of the rest of Western Europe. By accepting the European Union’s “hate speech” laws, European countries are effectively enforcing sharia for their Muslim citizens.
I learned this from personal experience. As most of you know, I was convicted of “hate speech” last month in a Vienna court. The count on which I was convicted was “denigrating the religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion.”
My “crime” was to give seminars in which I told the truth about Islam. By explaining that Mohammed had sex with a nine-year-old girl — which Islamic scriptures declare is true — I “denigrated” the teachings of Islam. I was convicted for saying that “Mohammed had a thing for little kids”.
Well, he did, didn’t he?
But it doesn’t matter, not in Austria. In Austria the truth about Islam, as told by Islam itself, is an insult to Islam.
It would be a joke if the consequences weren’t so serious.
So now it seems we must all learn to shut up and keep our heads down while sharia descends on our countries. As Geert Wilders said: “The lights are going out all over Europe.”
But it’s not just Europe. Sharia is coming to America, too.
It begins with little things, like prayer rooms and footbaths and special prayer breaks for Muslim employees. Then comes “Sharia-compliant finance”, which sounds so innocuous.
Then come the restrictions on speech that offends Muslims.
Such restrictions are already here in the United States. Yes, you have the First Amendment to protect your God-given right to free speech, but that has not been enough to prevent ordinary American citizens from being silenced.
Consider the case of Derek Fenton, a New Jersey state public employee who was fired from his job for burning pages from the Koran at Ground Zero last September 11th. He was expressing his own personal opinions in his off-duty hours. He was exercising his constitutional right to free expression, but it didn’t matter — he lost his livelihood anyway.
Or consider the case of Molly Norris, the Seattle cartoonist who was forced to change her name and go into hiding for drawing the mildest of cartoons about Mohammed. She received a death fatwa, and the FBI told her there was nothing it could do to protect her.
In Kansas and Michigan, Christians were arrested for handing out gospel literature on the public sidewalks of Muslim neighborhoods. They were not charged with “racism” or “incitement to religious hatred” as they would have been in Europe. But there are plenty of laws on the books — “disorderly conduct”, “breach of the peace”, “loitering”, and so on — that have been used to stop them.
It doesn’t take a Constitutional amendment to end free speech in America. Apathy in the face of oppression is enough to do the job.
Free speech is already under assault.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am here to declare a solidarity between Europe and the United States. None of us has to face the Islamic menace alone.
We don’t have to be atomized, alienated, and demoralized. If we work together to resist sharia, we will be victorious.
There are enough of us to make a difference, but we have to be dedicated and resolute. We must band together with like-minded people and fight back.
And this is already happening. Umbrella organizations like this one are being formed to gather together the courageous people who have decided to make a stand. After 9-11, after the Times Square Bomber, after Ft. Hood, and now after the murders in Frankfurt, people are becoming truly aware of what is at stake.
Many fine groups such as the Florida Security Council, the Center for Security Policy and ACT! For America — of which I am Austrian chapter head — are doing the necessary work to resist the international jihad. Our goal should be to increase the connections among groups on both sides of the Atlantic and help them find the resources to be effective.
I took on this job for the sake of my daughter. I looked around at what was happening to my country — burqas and honor killings and female genital mutilation, all the wonderful “cultural enrichment” that comes with sharia — and thought about the kind of world she will have to live in when she grows up.
She is six years old now. What will the streets of Vienna be like when she is sixteen? Or twenty-six? Or thirty-six?
How can I live with myself if I do not at least try to prevent my country from surrendering to Islam?
This is not a job that any of us would have chosen to do, but it is the job that has been chosen for us. Our children and our grandchildren will never forgive us if we fail to act now, while successful action is still possible.
Col. Allen West — now a Congressman from the 22nd District here in Florida — always signs his emails “steadfast and loyal”.
So I’ll just take a leaf from his book: Let us be steadfast and loyal to one another!
For previous posts on the “hate speech” prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, see Elisabeth’s Voice: The Archives.