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Blogger Citizen Warrior informs us that the first hearing in Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff’s case took place on 23 Nov 2010 in the court of Vienna, Austria.
Charges were brought against her because of a seminar in which she taught the truth about Islam.
An eight-hour recording of her seminar will be the central piece of evidence in the trial. The entire audio recording from the seminar will be played in court, permitting the prosecutor to explain in detail what cannot be permitted to be said in public, and why the "religiousness" of Islamic teachings makes it impermissible.
The defense will seek to prove the accuracy and truthfulness of what Elisabeth said in her seminar, thus focusing on the core question: Is it illegal to speak the truth about Islam?
My interest in Elisabeth's case is threefold: First, this is the front line in the war on freedom of speech waged against people who are trying to educate the public about Islam's prime directive, Sharia law, and the third jihad. Her case is similar to Geert Wilders', who is on trial in the Netherlands for similar reasons.
The second reason this case interests me is that Elisabeth used excerpts from the Citizen Warrior article, Why I Am Worried About Islam But Not Christianity, in her seminar. The content you've been reading is on trial. Read more about that here.
The third reason is that Elisabeth is a sweet, soft-spoken, kind-hearted woman, entirely devoid of hatred or bigotry, devoid of rabble-rousing rhetoric, who was simply teaching basic, established, mainstream principles of Islam, calmly, reasonably, in a classroom setting, and she is being charged with a crime for doing so!? The whole idea is an outrage.
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff spoke yesterday at a conference sponsored by IFPS at Trykkefrihedsselskabet (the Danish Free Press Society) in Copenhagen:
A tip of the turban to Gates of Vienna which has published quite a number of articles on Elizabeth.
In a related matter I reported in May, in my article Anti-Muslim Jokes about Susanne Winter convicted of "incitement to hatred" in Austria.
What an irony is Austria: it is illegal to lie about what the Nazis did to the Jews, but it is illegal to tell the truth about what Muslims did to Christians and Jews.