Elisabeth’s Voice: The Final Push to the ECHR

In 2011 Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted of “hate speech” in an Austrian court for telling the plain truth in her seminars on Islam. As we have noted in previous posts, her case is now pending at the European Court of Human Rights. Her legal costs for the petition are considerable, and she has issued an appeal for contributions to her defense fund.

For readers who are not already familiar with her case, here is a brief timeline of what has happened up until now:

October 2010   Elisabeth was indicted in Vienna, Austria, for statements she made in one of her seminars on the ideology and effect of Islam.
February 2011   Elisabeth was convicted of “hate speech” in an Austrian court. In order to obtain a conviction, the trial judge was forced to introduce a new charge, “denigrating the teaching of a legally recognized religion” — during the trial itself.
December 2011   the verdict was upheld by the appellate court, which noted that her statements constituted “an excess of opinion” punishable under Austrian law.
December 2013   the verdict was upheld by the Austrian supreme court, which noted that under the European Convention of Human Rights, freedom of religion overrides freedom of expression. Elisabeth notes that criticism of Christianity comes under the rubric of art, while criticism of Islam is criminal. She says: “There is no political freedom without religious freedom, inclusive of the right to criticize religion.”

The following video shows excerpts from one of Elisabeth’s seminars. Statements such as these have now been criminalized by the Austrian judicial system.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Rembrandt Clancy for translating and subtitling the audio, and for translating the German text of the slides and superimposing the English version in the video.

Many thanks also to Henrik Ræder Clausen for selecting the clips to be excerpted from the original seminar video, and to Vlad Tepes for uploading the final result:

If you would like to help Elisabeth defray the costs of her legal defense, please visit english.savefreespeech.org and follow the instructions for donating.

Video transcript:

Al-Ghazali, a very well known, leading cleric of the 11th century says the following:

Imams and their Holy Lies

“Understand that lying is not wrong in itself. If a lie is the only way to achieve a good result [for Islam], it is permitted. Therefore we must lie, if the truth will lead to an unpleasant result.”

Al Ghazali (1059-1111) One of Islam’s most important theologians.

It is not I, who is saying that, . . . that is what Al-Ghazali says.

Let’s hear more of what people have to say. And Muhammed Mermer said as long ago as 1998:

“We shall Erect a Theocracy in the Heart of Europe”

It is our historical task to establish in the heart of Europe a theocratic state for Allah and our great Prophet, Mohammed. We shall sweep away these corrupt and degenerate Nazi-Germans.

Mohammad Mermer: 20:2:1998

Once again, it is not I who says that.

That is Sheikh Al Qaradawi again. I have already shown him.

Within the framework of annual conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw, our group veritably destroyed the term islamophobia. We opposed the OSCE by tearing apart a manual for teachers which deals with islamophobia, and we asked why there is this brochure on islamophobia when there is not even a legal definition of it. The authors of this brochure then had to admit to us that they in fact had no legal definition.

This video in no way infringes on the religious freedom of Muslims. They are allowed to continue practising their religion in Austria.


The prohibition, however, the prohibition against showing the video publically violates the freedom of expression of non-Muslims.

Now look at the pictures. It is permitted to do that: [to submerge a crucifix in urine].

It is permitted to crucify a frog, because it comes under the category of art. But making a film about Mohammed is blasphemy. That is just how warped the world has become!

Right? Good.

The small difference is that criticism of Christianity comes under the rubric of art; and criticism which bears on Islam is criminal. An analysis or criticism, — it matters not at all whether it is this or something else — is no longer possible under such legislation. This criticism, this analysis, will be seen as a human rights violation. To think that such a thing is at all possible today!

And that is what I always say and what I say over and over again, “There is no political freedom without religious freedom, inclusive of the right to criticise religion.”

Good. We are concentrating here on Universal Human Rights and the conflicting Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, — and about which no one actually knows anything, including our politicians, — or they pretend to know nothing, or do not wish to know anything. It is also important for you to know that it is an instrument, an Islamic human rights instrument which has been applied more frequently.

You have heard me mention the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The OIC countries recognise only the human rights of Islam, and not Universal Human Rights.

Supporters of Sharia must be deported for undermining free and democratic society.

The Sharia, according to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), is incompatible with individual rights. We must say that in no uncertain terms.

And if you (the immigrants), accept the values of our society, and are law abiding, then you are warmly welcome; if not, then you are not welcome.

And here you see a few courageous women, who are doing something to ensure that our life remains the way it is. They encourage all who are present here, men and women, to rise to the limits of your possibilities, to do something; to the limits of your possibilities, to defend our culture, our values, our democracy and our freedom . . . within the limits of your possibilities!

Seminar Participant 1

Right, I was very much happy with all of it, in as much as it is an unbelievably important contribution: . . . for this country is not the country into which I once came into the world and in which I grew up; . . . and it is not the country in which those values are lived which are important to me as a committed European, . . . values which are also important to me as a Westerner and as one who values human rights.

This land is being transformed in increasing measure into a mediaevally religious dictatorship; this land, whose values we developed after harsh, centuries-long battles, and for which our forefathers worked hard; values, complete with the philosophical superstructure and foundations — and its religious background.

That is a society the likes of which has otherwise never been seen, and it is something unique and certainly something worth protecting. Therefore Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff’s contribution is particularly significant, because she exposes and demonstrates here — by the seminars she conducts — the very large extent to which we are not free —

… to what extreme degree we are not free.

Seminar Participant 2

Yes, I think it is very important to attend this seminar, certainly. I am forever learning something new, because one finds it nowhere in the media nor in any newspaper; but one learns it only here.

And I have to be grateful to Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff that she does this in spite of being denounced. One should be grateful to her and I wish her luck in her perseverance through this weather.

Seminar Participant 3

The seminar is very rich in content; it is comprehensive and highly interesting. The reasons why I myself wanted to attend this seminar are that I myself was occupationally employed for four years in the Arab region, and acquired my own impressions. And I think that our culture . . . our ideology, must be defended.

For previous posts on the “hate speech” prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, see Elisabeth’s Voice: The Archives.

7 thoughts on “Elisabeth’s Voice: The Final Push to the ECHR

  1. Frankly, I think this is the case with a lot of jurists in the Western world:

    They aren’t really people. They’re a mutated kind of Equus Asinus with shortened ears and muzzled, mutated front hooves so they can hold gavels, and then covered in black robes.

    If, God forbid, Europe fell to the Islamonazis and the refugees started streaming towards a hopefully reactionary America, I only hope we’ll have the sense to make most of the jurists in the crowd swim back home in mid-Winter.

  2. On of the most important things to know about Elisabeth is that she does not have to be doing what she is doing. When her lawyer demonstrated in their appearance at court in Vienna that he was capable of demolishing the charges brought against her, the court adjourned, twisted itself into a pretzel to produce another charge like a rabbit out of a hat, and convicted her of it, while refusing to hear proposed defense witnesses. Then it set a fine which was admittedly set low enough so she could afford it.

    The purpose was not to administer justice, but to intimidate her, like those before her, into going away quietly, thankful not to receive a worse punishment. But, as one of her friends pointed out, it had the opposite effect–what I think of as the William Tell Effect. Tyranny meant to crush, when applied to the wrong subject, reveals an iron will. So Elisabeth has chosen to stand in the path of a tyranny that is rushing down the tracks in Austria and the rest of Western Europe, and in many ways and in many places in the US. And in the process, she is consuming enormous amounts of time and money.

    She says she is doing this so that her daughter will not have to live under the shadow of Islam, which oppresses and brutalizes all of its subjects, but women and girls most of all. In fact, she is also doing it for anyone who believes in Free Speech.

    As followers of GoV are aware, true democracy is the greatest enemy of both Islam and Western collectivism. When the might of the Habsburg Empire descended on William Tell–as told by Schiller and sung by Rossini–one man’s indignation was enough to start an avalanche of protest that made tiny Switzerland into one of the few bright spots in the political spectrum of Europe today. Elisabeth is not an archer, but she has taken aim at the heart of the Beast, and she is now going to the “court of last resort” which is in the bowels of the monster that is tightening its tentacles on the West. She deserves all the help she can get.

    • TO : jlh
      I am glad you put TRUE in front of democracy. Because true democracy cares for its own citizens not for invaders. Today’s western so-called democracies is a wolf in an ass’s skin coat. They try to seem so kind, so gentle so moralistic so benevolent, so tolerant, so understanding of others’ religion, making checks out cheques regularly, saving their people “from their own rulers”, helping them come to Europe and North America, building their “houses of worship” , respecting Allah, granting them acres to bury their dead, establishing their madrassahs, . . . claiming at the same time that this is democracy and even invaders are treated the same as everyone else. Well the truth for the discerning is that in modern democracies the only one religion that is respected is the religion of the invaders. What has happened to the rotten human decaying western mind is ………….. have no words to describe. Only to say: how can politicians destroy their own fellows without being aware of it. Oh by the way, invaders know that we don’t know. In koran it describes the kuffar in a state of oblivion and trance and sleep-walking to their death as “alghafiloon” الغافلون
      heedless, headless, mindless, dunce. The first time in history that has happened: invaders are welcomed with open arms, welfared, dined and wined, treated as best friends and encourage them on to continue their holy mission. Do we have normal brains by the way? Any brains? Or do we have chaff instead. Can we say thay we have in the west superordinate brain s because only we have created this peerless “democracy” , invader importing democracy. People open your eyes. See what is happening around you. Wake up. Stop partying. Throw away that can of beer and spoon of drugs. Seek wisdom. Read Gates of Vienna and similar sites. Listen to Bill Warner. Read Oriana Fallaci’s books and Londonistan. Listen to what Robert Spencer is saying. Fire and brimsone is here. We are besieged. Because our politicians are our enemies. I said open your eyes or there will be no future for our grandson Johnny. Because Johnny will be called Mo or else. Notice France, poor old Britain, Sweden, Norway turning into hells on earth. Extrapolate and estimate the time that you will reach the same level of enrichment in 5 years.

  3. And… If you read this and think it can’t happen in North America; Canada, the United States and Mexico, think again.
    Our political elite are so contorting the constitution and rule of law that this is entirely plausible in our lifetimes.
    While it may seem quite removed from your current reality, this is not implausible. Please donate to ESW’s legal defense. It is in your own self interest.

  4. The appellate court, which noted that her statements constituted “an excess of opinion”??? Those nitwits have even outdone Orwell.

    • You made me laugh! That is one for the ages….

      I am quite sure that I have an excess of opinion, too. 🙂

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