Jihad Pedagogy in Austria

Our Austrian correspondent AMT sent us a tip for the following article about the Islamic Religious Community in Austria, which found itself in a spot of bother over a schoolteacher who had connections with the Syrian jihad or somesuch — you know, one of those trivial, inconsequential incidents that infidels blow all out of proportion and get so upset about.

AMT had this to say about the piece:

This is an interesting story about a “radical” teacher preaching basic Islamic tenets to his students and who was consequently sacked by the Islamic Faith Community, which purports to speak for all Muslims in Austria but in reality only represents around 1,000 registered Muslims.

Many thanks to JLH for the translation from ORF:

IGGiÖ Withdraws Vienna Islamic Teacher’s Credentials

by Michael Wei
April 10, 2014

The Islamic Religious Community in Austria (IGGiÖ) has withdrawn permission to teach from one of its religious teachers. He had published Islamist propaganda videos for the Syrian civil war on the internet.

Last Friday, through a report in the Tyrolean Daily News, a broader public was exposed to a video in which teacher Hisham A. interviews a Syrian rebel, who has in the meantime been killed. Things moved swiftly after that. On Monday, there was a statement from the Viennese school council that the IGGiÖ had been asked to withdraw teaching permission. And the IGGiÖ announced Monday that all necessary steps had been taken.

Statements like those of Hisham A. in the internet video were insupportable for the religious community, Carla Amina Baghajati, IGGiÖ press officer and special inspector for religious instruction in the elementary schools , said to ORF.at. Hisham A. — presently at his own request on a year’s unpaid leave — would definitely not return to teaching.

School Council Acts

In any case, termination of the professional relationship, said the IGGiÖ, was the province of the school council. Like other recognized churches and religious societies, the IGGiÖ only proposes the teachers. They are hired by the state. The school council told ORF.at on Monday, that the legal situation in the case of Hisham A. was presently being investigated. Hisham A. would definitely not be teaching classes again.

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Gavin Boby in Australia

Last month Gavin Boby of the Law and Freedom Foundation did a speaking tour of Australia under the sponsorship of the Q Society. The video below shows one of his presentations before an Australian audience:

For more on Gavin Boby and the Law and Freedom Foundation, see the Law and Freedom Foundation Archives.

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

A Brand New Islam Law for Austria

One of the last acts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before it disintegrated in the aftermath of the Great War was to pass the “Islam Law” of 1912, which codified the religious rights of Muslims. The law was deemed necessary because of the participation of Muslim soldiers in the imperial army after the annexation of Bosnia in 1908.

Modern Austria has inherited the Islam Law, but Islam-critics have long contended that the state has failed to enforce the crucial provision that Islamic practices must not violate the laws of Austria. After years of contention, a revision of the Islam Law is in the works, and — not surprisingly — has stirred new controversy, since Austria’s increasingly powerful Islamic community has had a say in the detailed provisions of the revised law.

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff has commissioned translations of an introduction to the public controversy about the law, followed by an article about these unfolding events.

For readers who are interested in the text of the original law, see the Islam Law of 1912 in German, French, and English.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this comprehensive introduction by Christian Zeitz:

The completely unrestrained expansion of Islamic influence has long been a thorn in the flesh of Islam critics in Austria. More and more aspects of everyday life are subsumed by the ritual demands of believing Muslims and — frequently in a bizarre fashion — make a beneficial exchange between native Austrians and Muslim immigrants impossible. The left and like-minded political elite are working diligently on a glorification of alleged Islamic cultural achievements, in order to legitimize their claim of “enrichment” of a multicultural society with foreign influences. Economic and political ties between Austria and influential Islamic countries — especially Turkey and the Arab oil-producing countries — are being unremittingly intensified, and this increases their influence on Islamic institutions in Austria. The out-of-control proliferation of so-called Islamic “cultural organizations,” i.e., the multiplicity of oriental convenience stores and video stores run by “backyard mosques” provides a comfortable insulation for the creeping propagation of sharia. And in Austria, all that may no longer be criticized and opposed — even with qualifications — because Islam is a “legally recognized religious community” under the protection of the criminal religious “hate speech paragraphs” in the law and the anti-discrimination legislation.

In 1912 Islam was recognized as a legally equal religious community through a special law called the “Islam Law.” The step was considered necessary, because of urging by Bosnian soldiers belonging to the imperial-and-royal army of the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary at that time. Of course, the Islam Law provides the qualification in §6/2 that protection of Islam applies only insofar as its beliefs, rituals and practice do not contradict the laws and customs of Austria. In 1988, by means of an ordinance considered by experts to be illegal, the legal basis was created for the IGGiÖ (Islamic Religious Community in Austria), which gives Islam exclusive claim to representation. The IGGiÖ has established itself as a powerful and politically influential lobby, which pursues Islamic interests in all areas, exploits naïve representatives of the political establishment and ensures a centrally coordinated religious instruction in public schools. Its advocates belong to a radical — albeit set up as “dialogue” — type of Sunni Islam, and see themselves as a toehold for Turkish and Wahhabi positions.

For more than100 years, politically responsible individuals in the Austrian republic have not succeeded in implementing the provisions of the Islam law or enforcing its spirit. For that reason, critics have long demanded a reformulation of the law, restricting the leeway of interpretation, emphasizing the interests of Austria, preventing an extra-legal status for Islam and creeping sharia — as it is or should be in a nation of laws for all churches and faith groups.

Unfortunately, the IGGiÖ has realized that the implementation of such a legal project would mean the end of its time of doing as it pleases in Austria. So — in complete secrecy, behind the backs of the public, enlisting the responsible foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz and several policymakers — it has taken the opportunity to finagle an outline of a new Islam Law that would even enhance its position, increase the influence of Islam on both culture and society, and could mobilize public money for Islamic projects like special cemeteries and ministry to soldiers.

So for several weeks now, critics and juridical experts have been trying too prevent an unnoticed rubber-stamping of this proposal in the Austrian national Assembly. They are letting those in power know that such a legal construction would clearly discriminate against the other religious communities in comparison to Islam and its radical representation, and would diminish surveillance of extremist groups and projects. It should be the intent of a constructive Islam Law to preserve the interests of Austrians and establish religious peace in the land. The following central elements must be considered:

  • Publication of the fundamentals of the Islamic faith and obligatory restriction of carrying out the tenets of the faith to the published content. That includes filing a certified translation of the Koran and those Hadiths deemed relevant.
  • Restriction of financing of the Islamic religious community and/or yet to be founded or recognized Islamic communities to domestic finance sources.
  • Restriction of possible membership in the Islamic religious community to natural persons, to preclude lobbying for cultic and religious practices through the membership of shadowy organizations of doubtful background.

Austria will soon have to decide whether it wants to establish in orderly fashion the primacy of the secular state versus the aspirations for an Islamic divine state, or intends to allow a further embedding of radical variants of Islam.

Mag. Christian Zeitz
Academic Director
Institute for Applied Political Economics

Below is a article from EurActiv.de (also translated by JLH) with a different perspective on the revision of the Islam Law of 1912:

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Sderot, Last Enclave of Civilisation

Our Israeli correspondent MC, who spent Passover under the shadow of the qassam missiles in Gaza, has some thoughts on the current situation in Israel and elsewhere.

Sderot, Last Enclave of Civilisation
by MC

Yesterday was Passover, and we, the Anglophone community of Sderot gathered at the Paratrooper Monument picnic site on a mound overlooking Gaza where we barbecued lamb and talked of all sorts of things.

There was a mixed group, predominantly North Americans, but also people from UK, Holland, Russia, Argentina and Brazil as well as Israeli-born English speakers brought together by the common ties of the Feasts of Jehovah.

As one of my sons pointed out, civilisation stopped just 400 yards west and south of us. Sderot is the ‘Rivendell’ of Western society, the last homely house before Hell. We retreated from Sinai; we gave the land back to barbarism. We retreated from Gaza; we gave it over to the orcs and wargs, trusting in their promise of peace, ‘guaranteed’ by American liberals and liars.

There, at the picnic site, in plain view there is a fence, and behind that fence are the most dangerous predators in the world, predators who would take us and our children and butcher us and eat our hearts.

The fence is patrolled by soldiers who are heavily armed. They use the picnic area as a rest/turnaround area. They are friendly, and we happily share our picnic with them. They play with the children; they are civilised humans defending us against wild animals.

Sderot should be a burning scar on the conscience of civilisation. Here on the border of the barbaric, our much vaunted “Western Civilisation” suffers a dangerous crisis of self-confidence: we allow the ruthless bullying of a peaceful society by a barbaric horde because we cannot decide whose value system we most abhor. It’s only Jooos; they don’t matter.

The Jewish State of Israel has of necessity secure borders and a strong identity. To arrive in Israel is to leave the pretence of anti-terrorist groping and get real. Why are you coming here? What are you going to do here?

At Ben Gurion airport you will not be molested, but you will be scrutinised and ethnically profiled. If you travelled El Al, this process will have started before you even checked in at the departure desk. You will have been questioned by a seemingly 15-year-old child, politely asking tailored questions cunningly designed to cross-check ticket and passport information. And you will arrive here safely.

Many people come to Israel to ‘do’ Jerusalem. It is the centre for the ‘god’ religions, and the Via Dolorosa is many people’s experience of the country. Jerusalem was of no importance to Islam until it became important to Islam’s selected enemies. Now it is a handle with which one can manipulate the West; one can cynically use Judeo-Christian values against the very Jews and Christians who uniquely hold those values dear. And we fall for it every time.

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Music is Haraam

Madani School is a state-funded Muslim “faith school” in Leicester, in the East-Midlands of England. According to a tweet received by Vlad Tepes, the poster shown below hangs on the walls of the main corridor of Madani School:

So… The nation that gave the world Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, and Ralph Vaughan Williams has endowed a state-funded school that would forbid all music as evil and sinful.

Welcome to the rich, vibrant diversity of Modern Multicultural England.

Update: Vlad found a high-resolution original of the image at the Islamic Posters website.

For readers who have trouble making out the text of the poster, here is a transcript:

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Boko Haram Takes 200 Female Slaves in Nigeria

Yesterday the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped up to two hundred schoolgirls in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria. Armed mujahideen overpowered the school’s guards and broke into a dormitory, abducted the girls from where they slept, and then burned down the school.

Based on the long history of Islamic slave-taking, we can make a fair guess as to what lies ahead for these unfortunate children. And the amenities provided for them in their new life won’t be as commodious as those given the sex-slaves of Rochdale and Bradford by their “grooming and pimping” masters…

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this CNN news report:

Below are excerpts from two news stories published yesterday about the same incident. At that time, all the reports said “more than 100” were abducted. The estimate was later adjusted upwards.

First, from Sky News:

Nigeria: Militants Kidnap 100 Schoolgirls

Suspected Islamist militants reportedly kidnap more than 100 schoolgirls during an attack on a town in Nigeria’s northeast.

More than 100 schoolgirls have been kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen from a school in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state. The attackers, thought to be members of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, reportedly overpowered guards protecting the school in the town of Chibok before setting buildings on fire and driving off with their captives.

Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, said: “Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles.”…

A similar account was posted by AllAfrica:

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Allah’s Best Dane

When I write about Danish citizens who travel to Syria or Iraq to wage jihad in the cause of Allah, I usually refer to them as “Danes”. The quote marks are added as a shorthand reference to their status as culture-enrichers hailing from one of the world’s innumerable bucolic bailiwicks where Islam holds sway.

The news story below, however features both a Dane and a “Dane”. The former is a young Danish man who converted to Islam, was radicalized in one of Denmark’s mosques, and then traveled to Iraq and blew himself up. The latter is his imam, who views the young martyr as “best” in the eyes of Allah.

Many thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen for translating this report from TV2 Østjylland, and to Vlad Tepes for subtitling it:

Henrik includes these observations with his translation:

The Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus, Denmark is widely known for its Salafist interpretation of Islam. A remarkable number of its regular worshippers head off to participate in the Syrian war.

In a reaction to the news that a Danish convert to Islam named Victor Christensen staged a suicide attack in Iraq, the mosque’s spokesman Oussama El Saadi told Danish television that this was “an act of heroism” and that doing so was “best with Allah”. He said these things without any sign of remorse or shame. Danish politicians scrambled to find a way to deal with such views.

This imam is leader of a major mosque in Denmark, and would certainly know Islam and its scripture in detail, as well as the relevant possible interpretations.

So when he states that suicide bombings is what is best for Allah, it begs the question:

What if he is RIGHT?


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Syrian Freedom Fighters Threaten Canadians — And Obama

We’ve all seen those jihad propaganda videos put out by the mujahideen when they’re waging war on behalf of Allah. Whether it’s in Syria, Chechnya, Libya, Gaza, Afghanistan, Somalia, or Belgium, the style is always the same: a black flag of jihad, masked fighters holding guns and RPGs, endless droning chants in Arabic, mujahideen crouching behind ruined walls and firing at something off-camera, all interspersed with scenes of gore, brutality, and dead infidels.

In the following jihad propaganda video, Vlad Tepes has devised a way to skip over the tedious parts without leaving out any footage, thereby reducing a twelve-minute video to less than three minutes. Vlad fast-forwards through all the Arabic chants and blather, making them sound like so many chipmunk songs, and then resumes normal speed when the mujahideen threaten Canadians and Barack Hussein Obama — in English.

WARNING: Most this video will seem pointless and silly, but there is some bloody footage near the end, which sensitive viewers may want to skip:

Canada: Nine Months in Jail for Blasphemy Against Islam

Caution: If you happen to be in Canada, and you say something in public that hurts the feelings of Muslims, you may well be sentenced to nine months in jail.

That’s what happened to Eric Brazau in Toronto. Mind you, I’ve seen a video of Mr. Brazau’s street-corner theatrics, and he also wore offensive attire, made insulting facial expressions, and laughed derisively at or in the general direction of Muslims. So he was lucky to get off so lightly. In the face of such heinous crimes, the judge was lenient — he/she/it could have thrown the book at Eric Brazau.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading and transcribing this discussion on Ezra Levant’s TV program:


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American Betrayal Redux

The following article by Diana West was originally published yesterday on her website.

American Betrayal Redux
by Diana West

Not one but several of the lowpoints of what Vladimir Bukovsky & Pavel Stroilov have called a “Soviet-style propaganda campaign” against American Betrayal, what Jed Babbin tagged a “disinformation campaign,” and what M. Stanton Evans has described as my “mugging” were logged by The American Thinker website edited by Thomas Lifson.

There was the (1) unsubstantiated parroting of the lies, distortions and fabrications (all debunked here) in an otherwise positive review (which, not incidentally, included the reviewer’s declaration that he was now persuaded that Harry Hopkins was an agent of Soviet influence inside the Roosevelt White House); there was the (2) rapid enforcement action by Rado publicly whacking the positive reviewer (and, of course, my book again in one of a blizzard of Rado-Horo attack pieces); there was (3,4) not one but two other attacks posted at American Thinker by writers who actually admitted in print not to have read my book at all; and (5) lowest of all, there was Thomas Lifson himself, who actually refused to run the rebuttal I wrote in response to false and unsubstantiated attacks on my scholarship contained in (1).

An ugly chapter of an ugly saga, to be sure. It would be compounded when several other writers subsequently and separately told me that their defenses of American Betrayal — or simply arguing for fair and honest dialogue about American Betrayal — were turned down at American Thinker, The party line was and is clear and inviolate. Congratulations to all concerned.

Today on Twitter someone responded to a brief blog Lifson wrote about the Sovietsky posters hanging in the home of Jay Carney and Claire Shipman by urging people to read American Betrayal to understand the phenomenon. (Thank you, @southsalem.)

I don’t know or care whether Lifson ever read or ever reads American Betrayal, but it is certainly the case that Western elites’ zest for Communist iconography is discussed in American Betrayal as a manifestation of the callous indifference to genocidal Communist crime that marks our society, a subject deeply analyzed and weighed throughout the book. There is some measure of irony to AT’s glib treatment of the topic, after everything, that somehow bears noting.

So noted. Here, then, for weekend reading, is a short excerpt from the book where the concept is introduced. The excerpt picks up after a discussion of the wrath of the Truman administration toward Whittaker Chambers for revealing the truth about Alger Hiss when, of course, Chambers deserved a medal. If an act of national-security-saving patriotism can be sundered from plaudits, it follows that multiple acts of mass murder can be sundered from condemnation. It’s all connected….

From American Betrayal, p. 63:

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See You in Strasbourg!

As regular readers know, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is in the process of raising money for her defense fund in order to appeal her “hate speech” conviction to the European Court of Human Rights.

Although her fundraising post has gone off “sticky”, she still needs your help. If you want to see her achieve victory in Strasbourg, please visit her website and choose one of the donation options.

Elisabeth sent this note to thank all the generous people who have donated thus far:

I always like to say thanks. It means so much to me, simply because I enjoy acknowledging other people’s work. Even more so if people trust me enough to hand over some their hard-earned money to fight for what we hold most dear: our freedoms, especially our freedom of speech (including opinion and conscience).

For the past five years I have been fighting a hate speech charge, one that was later turned into a “denigration of religious teachings” charge, and — not surprisingly — have lost all the way to the Austrian supreme court. I am sure most of you already know the details of the case, and even more of you have donated to my defense fund. Without these donations, I would not have been able to pay my exceptional lawyer, Dr. Michael Rami, who has been with me all the way to the supreme court and who has represented me — and us — so valiantly. Without your donations and your generosity, I would not have been able to continue this fight, the fight for the truth, the fight for our God-given right to criticize an ideology driven to eliminate any form of equality, dissent, and our way of life.

I cannot claim to know the outcome of the petition to the European Court for Human Rights. There is no way to know, although the chances appear more favorable than those presented to us in the Austrian court system. What I can promise is that I will never cease to fight for freedom of speech. I will never accept the verdict by the Austrian court system. It is wrong. It is unjust. And most of all, it is dangerous on so many levels.

Please continue your generous support. Not only with respect to the Save Free Speech Defense Fund, but also to Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes, as they have been and continue to be crucial to the success of this fight against the inroads of sharia law in our legal systems.

I will never give up and I will never give in.

— Elisabeth

P.S. I also want to thank our translators JLH and Rembrandt Clancy, without whose diligent translations you would not be able to read the verdict in the English language.

JLH had this to say in the comments on Elisabeth’s fundraising post:

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Gavin Boby on the Glazov Gang

Gavin Boby of the Law and Freedom Foundation joined Jamie Glazov yesterday on “The Glazov Gang” to discuss his legal efforts to stop new mosques, and also the Islamic sexual slavery of underage white girls in the UK:

For more on Gavin Boby and the Law and Freedom Foundation, see the Law and Freedom Foundation Archives.

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

“Fascism is Rooted in Islam”

Hamed Abdel-Samad is a German-Egyptian author and an apostate from Islam. He lives under the constant threat of death, and has to have 24-hour police protection. Last week we posted a translated text interview with Mr. Abdel-Samad that was originally published in Die Welt.

Below is a television interview with Hamed Abdel-Samad from the German public broadcaster ZDF. Many thanks to Oz-Rita for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


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Showdown in Birmingham

Left to right: George Whale, Patrick Rourke, Tim Burton, Jack Buckby, Aaron Brian

As discussed here earlier in the week, Tim Burton of LibertyGB was acquitted of a “hate speech” charge in Birmingham on Tuesday. Yesterday Mr. Burton published an account of his trial at The New English Review. Below are some excerpts:

Showdown in Birmingham
by Tim Burton

I took a last mouthful of cappuccino and glanced out of the window of the restaurant over the road from the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. A small group of demonstrators had already arrived on the Court steps and were busy setting up placards and handing out leaflets to curious passers-by. It was time to go.

It was Tuesday 08 April, and the time was just after 09:00. I was scheduled to appear in Court 13 of the Court later that morning to answer a charge of Racially Aggravated Harassment — a charge which had been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service following my interview with West Midlands Police some four months earlier. A gentleman by the name of Fiyaz Mughal had complained that I was harassing him on Twitter by referring to him as a “Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist” and a “Lying Muslim Scumbag” — words which I had indeed used in relation to the gentleman in question — and he had seen a chance to exact revenge by using the forces of law and order to do his dirty work for him.

A link to the case from Liberty GB is included here.

I walked across the street and introduced myself. The demonstrators with the placards and the leaflets (whom I already knew by reputation) were from Liberty GB, a political party for whom I was the Radio Officer, and there were also one or two familiar faces from other publications and political organisations that I had come to know and respect. I also recognised (from photographs in his many articles and books) Professor Hans Jansen, our expert defence witness, chatting on the courtroom steps with one or two people. The case had generated a lot of interest over the preceding four months, with the phrase “Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist” going around the world like wildfire — a phenomenon which had generated its own cottage industry with commemorative coffee mugs and T-shirts, each emblazoned not only with the “Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist” slogan but also with the distinctive features of Fiyaz Mughal himself.

The Fiyaz Mughal Mendacious
Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist keychain

It was now 09:30 — time for me to present myself at the Court. I walked up the steps into the main building, an imposing edifice built in Victorian times and originally known as the Victoria Law Courts. As I walked through the door, past the security screening device, the two imposing gentlemen wielding metal detectors and the sign saying “No Knives Allowed”, I reflected on the many generations of people who had come here to answer similar charges and wondered if they had felt as I did — a feeling of awe at the magnificence of the surroundings combined with a certain trepidation at the prospect of facing serious jail time.

For make no mistake, the charge of Racially Aggravated Harassment is not one to be dismissed lightly. On conviction, the penalty may be up to £5000 and six months imprisonment. One might think that this is somewhat over-the-top for the heinous crime of calling a Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist a — well, a Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist — but apparently there is “A Lot Of This Going Around” according the Crown Prosecution Service, and they wanted to put a stop to it. Never mind that the right to free speech is one of our fundamental freedoms and the cornerstone of a free democracy — if it offends one of our protected minority species then it must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law — or so the current thinking goes today, influenced as it is by the twin evils of political correctness and multiculturalism.

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