The case below is reminiscent not just of the one against Susanne Winter, but also the charge on which Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted. In Austria, you absolutely are not allowed to refer to Mohammed as a pedophile or a child molester. It doesn’t matter that any other man who has sex with a 9-year-old would be so designated. If you call Big Mo a pedophile, you can end up in trouble with the state.
Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from VOL.AT:
Austria: Teacher called Mohammed a child molester: prosecutor investigates!
Bregenz — A middle school teacher allegedly referred to Mohammed as child molester in front of her pupils. The prosecution was informed; the provincial education department now awaits the investigation.
A Bregenzer teacher is said to have described the founder of Islam as a child molester in front of her students. “Yes, there is this allegation against a teacher,” the provincial educational counsellor Bernadette Mennel confirms the corresponding complaint. The education department had immediately forwarded the case to the prosecutor.
They are checking whether the allegations are true. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information on the case is currently available through the state school board. If the allegations turn out to be true, the teacher will have to face consequences. “Such statements are unacceptable,” stressed Mennel to VOL.AT. However, they would await the outcome of the prosecution, before making decisions.
The accusation that Muhammad was a child molester is not new. It refers to Mohammed’s third wife Aisha bint Abu Bakr.
She was betrothed to Mohammed at the age of six years, and according to tradition at nine years the marriage was consummated.
In the Middle Ages, neither in the East nor in Europe the marriage of underage women for political purposes was unusual. Nowadays, child marriage is illegal in almost all countries of the world, but is still practiced, especially among poorer families in the Arab world, and India. In 2009, because of comparable statements, FPÖ Member of Parliament Susanne Winter was convicted of incitement of the people (Volksverhetzung).
|1.||I am not aware that child marriages were “not unusual” in medieval Europe, as the article claims.|
|2.||Vorarlberg Online or VOL.AT is a tiny Austrian regional news portal, probably more coverage to follow in the coming days.|
|3.||There are rumours there could be more behind this case than meets the eye, so best to wait for more information.