The day after Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted of “hate speech” in an Austrian court, a reader wrote a letter to the editor of the print edition of Die Presse about the travesty of justice that took place last Tuesday in that Vienna courtroom.
Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
Letter to the editor
Islam seminar: Lecturer convicted
According to the mind-boggling logic of the “judge”, ‘the factually completely unjustified charge of pedophilia’ was made against the founder of the religion and therewith ‘an absolutely dishonorable behavior’ confronted, which was calculated to denigrate him in the eyes of the public.” For, according to the judge, pedophilia is exclusively directed against children, which was known not to be the case with Mohammed. Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff never maintained this to be the case. Indeed, the charge against her mentions not only sex with children but the relatively high “wear-out rate” of wives.
On this subject, the following points:
- Not just pedophilia but every child abuse — whether pedophiliac or not — is “absolutely dishonorable behavior” and a crime! And by today’s standards, Mohammed was doubtless guilty of child abuse: According to Islam’s basic texts, at age fifty, he married a six-year-old girl and consummated the marriage when she was nine.
Aside from that, pedophilia is interchangeable with child abuse in everyday speech. Thus, for instance, the demand for removal of the celibacy requirement in the Church is made repeatedly in connection with pedophilia — as presently in the memorandum of German theology professors.
- Far worse is the fact that Islamic legal scholars to this day invoke his example as well as the Koran (which regulates the divorce/repudiation of pre-pubescent girls) to justify child marriages with considerably older men and consequently child abuse. This is true from Morocco to Indonesia and even includes the “moderate” and largest Muslim organizations in the lands. In several Islamic countries, there is not even a legal minimum marriageable age. Even where there is one, there are child marriages, and in no small number: In Turkey alone there are said to be hundreds of thousands.
- Pedophilia, as the judge defines it, can be “legally” pursued. Indeed, a Muslim can divest himself of his wife at any time without grounds and take another or several others. Besides, Islam under the Sunnis also recognizes the ever more popular temporary marriage. Islamic law — based on the Koran as well as on the deeds and sayings of Mohammed — not only sets no limits on child abuse; it approves it.
What was pronounced here was not justice but injustice. A hair-splitting, tortuous maneuvering is being performed, for the sole purpose of avoiding annoyance to the adherents of a “religion” which, in its own area of dominance legitimizes precisely what it denounces with vehemence and outrage as defamation in the West.
It is not the colloquial and “slipshod” use of the term pedophilia that is apt to demean Mohammed in the eyes of the public, but his own deeds and example!
Had the court’s decision had anything to do with justice and the defense of civilized standards, then — faced with the dire effect of his example up to now — it could not protect him from denigration. Quite the contrary!
— Dr. Maria Stückler
For previous posts on the “hate speech” prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, see Elisabeth’s Voice: The Archives.