As I mentioned last week, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff attended the ACT! For America annual gala banquet on June 20th to present the “Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff Profiles in Courage Award to Lt. Col. Allen West.
Before Elisabeth presented the award to Col. West, she was introduced by Brigitte Gabriel, the founder and president of ACT! For America. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
The audio in the above clip is not as clear as it might be, so here is a prepared text similar to the one read by Brigitte Gabriel when introducing Elisabeth.:
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff grew up as the daughter of a Foreign Services officer whose career took his family to a variety of postings throughout the world. Some of her formative years were spent in the United States, allowing Elisabeth to develop a deep appreciation for the strengths of American culture. Being a Foreign Service officer’s dependent gave her opportunities to live in and learn other places, too, though some of those postings were less than ideal. Thus, besides living in the West, Elisabeth also saw life in countries where the fundamentals of democracy like free speech were not only absent, they were also not valued.
There were times while living in the Middle East that Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff faced the dangers of being a Westerner in a hostile environment. She was a child living in Tehran during the tumult which resulted in the violent birth of the Iranian Revolution and the establishment of an Islamic theocracy. Years later, this time in Kuwait, she found herself part of a group of endangered Western refugees fleeing the eruption of chaos when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. But the most impressive moment came when she was working in Libya, where she experienced first-hand the joyful spontaneous street celebrations on September 11, 2001.
Elisabeth returned to her home in Vienna in time to see the new Multiculturalism and the mass influx of non-Western immigrants into Vienna, just as was happening in the rest of Europe.
These newcomers, mostly Islamic and with no ties or loyalty to their European host countries, had no intention of integrating into Austria’s culture. Instead, like other EU member states, Austrians were expected to accommodate to the new arrivals. Multiculturalism intensified; government policies instructed ethnic natives to honor alien customs.
Based on her experience in Islamic countries, Elisabeth decided to take a stand for Austria and for the values of a robust Western Culture. She began to study Islam more deeply, and offered seminars to introduce Austrians to the real Islam: a despotic political ideology whose professed intention was the spread of a world-wide Ummah.
Within the strictures of Multiculturalism (whose laws apply only to ethnic natives in Europe), engaging in politically incorrect speech now has serious consequences. Thus, for the offense of saying in one of her classes that Mohammed “had a thing for little girls”, Elisabeth began her journey through the Orwellian EU “Justice System”. The original charge levied against her was “incitement to hatred”. However, the presiding judge, on her own whim and after the start of the trial, extended this charge further to include a second crime, “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion.” Elisabeth was found innocent of the first “crime”. However, she was convicted and fined on the second charge, which was upheld by a court of appeals. An appeal to the European Court of Human Rights is now in progress.
Meanwhile, her seminars continue. Until she is silenced or fined or jailed, she will persevere in her one-woman teaching campaign to wake up her country to the dangers of totalitarianism. The final court of appeal may suppress her, but they won’t stop her. Elisabeth will find another way to fulfill her mission to retain Austria’s great history and ensure its future. This is, after all, where her own daughter must live. This battle for her child’s future compels Elisabeth to endure whatever lies ahead.
For previous posts on the “hate speech” prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, see Elisabeth’s Voice: The Archives.