Protesting Against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Bismarck, North Dakota

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The demonstrators in the photo above were protesting a speaking appearance yesterday by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff at a venue in Bismarck, North Dakota. They referred to the speaker as a “hate speech leader”.

The placards carried by the protesters are almost all standard progressive slogans, and thus pretty boring. The most interesting sign is held by the guy in the middle with a goatee, wearing a trilby and no socks. It reads: “Not convinced it’s your 1st amendment you’re worried about…” I don’t know exactly what he means by that.

I also noticed that there is a Trump-Pence bumper sticker on one of the cars in the parking lot. That must have frosted the protesters’ socks (those who wore them, anyway). In a less civilized place — such as Charlottesville — that would be enough to get your car keyed. But these folks don’t look like car-keying types; they’re hardly antifa-class demonstrators.

A progressive media outlet in Fargo called the High Plains Reader ran a pearl-clutching article about the dangerous hate speaker in Bismarck. It informed its audience — most of whom were probably among those carrying signs at the Holiday Inn — that Elisabeth is “an individual who has been convicted of hate crimes in her own country, Austria.” Which is quite true. However, it would be useful to add that the “hate crime” Elisabeth was convicted of was to say, in reference to Mohammed’s consummating his marriage to a nine-year-old girl: “What exactly would that be called today, if not pedophilia?”

But don’t expect to hear that from the High Plains Drifter Reader.

The organizers of the protest seemed bereft of irony when they said: “We value diversity of thought. We are better when we consider opinions and viewpoints that aren’t quite like our own.”

Perhaps the group’s slogan is a riff on Voltaire: “I may disagree with what you say, but I will protest all afternoon against your right to say it.”

The following article quotes from Elisabeth’s website, but it doesn’t provide a link, so I will. The quoted passage is from a speech she gave last year in (I think) Texas.

The primary authority cited in this article is — surprise! — the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Hate speech leader invited to Bismarck

FARGO — A Bismarck pastor opened the city’s arms to one of the world’s leading “Alt-right” hate groups Saturday after inviting Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian anti-Muslim activist, to speak.

Reverend John Boustead of Solomon’s Rest in Bismarck, and his organization, called For Our, invited Wolff to speak on her belief that Sharia law is determined to end First Amendment rights in America.

The event, held at Quality Inn, 1030 E. Interstate Avenue, sparked protest among the Muslim community and concerned citizens from Bismarck to Fargo. In response, Bismarck residents Eichelle Marie and Reilly Hedegaard organized an impromptu peaceful rally, which met outside the hotel, with speakers, brownies, and hot chocolate, in an effort to provide an alternative narrative to the “Alt-right” position, Marie said.

The event was free and open to the public, but registration with photo identification was mandatory at the door. Hotel management was contacted for comment, but no one replied or returned telephone calls.

Wolff, known as a Viennese housewife and anti-Jihad activist, paid fines after being convicted of hate speech against Muslims and “denigrating religious beliefs” in her home country, Austria, in 2011. She has a direct line to President Donald Trump through Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an advisor to the President. Her articles are frequently published in “Alt-right” online media such as “The Counter Jihad Report.”

Wolff is also frequently supported by ACT for America, an anti-Islamic and pro-Trump advocacy group, listed as one of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate groups for its vehement anti-Muslim rhetoric. ACT for America was founded in 2007, and with reportedly 750,000 members is one of the largest of such groups in the U.S.

Note the part below that I bolded, because it’s important:

“Dear Patriots… Elisabeth is an Austrian human rights and anti-Sharia activist,” the For Our Children press release stated. “She recently led an international team, including five Americans, to Warsaw, Poland, to protect and defend our freedom of speech from powerful, malevolent forces that seek to implement blasphemy laws globally, according to Islamic (Sharia) law. Her talk on December 2 will focus on this and the ongoing crisis in Europe, and how these issues affect the American people.”

Wolff marched with 75,000 skinheads, anti-Semites, nationalists and fascists in Warsaw on Poland’s Independence Day. The peaceful march promoted the exclusion of all minorities and everyone not Polish enough, according to news sources.

“The Western public is being manipulated into supporting the migration of fighting-age Muslim men into Europe,” Wolff said on her website. “There are already far too many Muslims in the ranks of the military in France and Britain. What will happen when the tipping point is finally reached, and the sleeper cells are activated?”

Elisabeth was NOT at the Independence Day march in Warsaw. Which was also not a “fascist” march, but that’s harder to prove than the fact that she wasn’t there. It made me wonder whether this particular journalistic calumny is actionable.

Here’s the rest of the article:

Wolff is also known for using conspiracy theories and fear-mongering tactics, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, frequently saying Muslims, backed by liberals, are responsible for infiltrating all levels of world governments and militaries. She has also called the prophet Mohammed a pedophile, according to the Austrian Independent.

Boustead, a senior pastor at Solomon’s Rest in Bismarck, and the founder of For Our, was one of the people who spoke out against SB2252, an anti-discrimination bill, saying the proposal would “permanently affect the moral direction of North Dakota.”

He believes in strong state autonomy, unfettered by federal regulations. “We must admit that the federal government has become incompetent in its duty to the American people,” Boustead said on For Our “Therefore, we must oppose unjust and unconstitutional federal laws, as this is to betterment of our citizens.”

The reverend also says he only recognizes the U.S. Constitution’s jurisdictions within the nation and North Dakota. “Any foreign legal systems or forms of government will not be acknowledged, recognized, or allowed power in the United States or North Dakota. This includes the United Nations, Communism, or Islamic Sharia Law.”

By Saturday afternoon, For Our’s Facebook page had 71 likes and 77 followers.

Bismarck residents who helped organize the counter protest said Bismarck is an inclusive city, and will not change. Organizers released a statement condemning the meeting, which included the following:

“As anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment grow every day across the US and in our own state of ND, evidenced by various xenophobic events and violent hate crimes perpetrated on Muslims and anyone with similar skin color or dress, we, a broad coalition of individuals, families, human rights activists, faith groups (of all kinds), health workers, university faculty, want to respond in solidarity with our Muslim community members by saying, We are not afraid.

“We see through the obfuscation of the ‘free speech’ activism and now call xenophobia for what it is. Muslim and Arab communities are deserving of the same respect, rights, freedoms, and security that all humans desire. We are not afraid. We are not afraid of people who don’t look like us. We value ethnic diversity. We are better when we learn how people of diverse backgrounds live and thrive in our world.

“We are not afraid of people who believe things differently than us. We value diversity of thought. We are better when we consider opinions and viewpoints that aren’t quite like our own. We are not afraid of people who speak different languages. We value diversity of speech and language. We are better when we understand how speech and language create rich culture, community, and systems of knowledge.

“We are not afraid of people who worship differently than us. We value diversity and freedom of worship. We are better when we, as diverse secular and faith groups, come together to build a better world.”

Fargoan Barry Nelson, of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, condemned Boustead’s meeting, by saying hate rhetoric from anyone, especially from a person convicted of a hate crime, is wrong, but also dangerous.

“North Dakota Human Rights Coalition works actively to make sure that all people in the state can realize and appreciate all rights that are inherent in them being human,” Nelson said. “It is very disturbing when local groups, when local so-called Christian churches actively promote this hate rhetoric by sponsoring an individual who has been convicted of hate crimes in her own country, Austria.

“NDHRC encourages all residents to stand in solidarity and support of our Muslim brothers and sisters, our Muslim neighbors and family members. Only when we can come together in understanding and respect can the divisiveness, fear and hatred actively being sown by the likes of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and the local organizers be overturned.”

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

12 thoughts on “Protesting Against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Bismarck, North Dakota

  1. Yes, noticed that more and more, media refer to so and so being “banned from entering Britain” , or “fined for hate speech” , etc etc, as if that’s some kind of irrefutable proof of how bad they are (as opposed to the system that thinks up these wonderful punishments). But I guess it’s more convenient for them, than having to cite the incriminating offence!

    As for the now world-famous Warsaw Independence March that Elisabeth was supposedly on (2 months after her visit to Warsaw), the crowd of “neo-nazis and white supremacists” also included some blacks, one of whom plans to take Guy Verhofstadt MEP to court over his description of the march participants.

    But I’m glad this American paper estimated the march to be even bigger than the 60,000 claimed by most of the media. I too thought it was closer to the 100,000 mark… overall, a great example of modern sloppy “journalism” in action!

  2. I would have loved to listen to Mrs Sabaditsch-Wolff’s talk but alas, I had to work; something which the malcontents who protested her speech are likely strangers to.

    Here in ND, we are being inundated by africans from many of the more dysfunctional countries in that dark continent. I do not know if it is some church group bringing them in or if they are overflow from Minnesolia. Why anyone would think that tribal africans would be a good fit for white, rural ND which is absolutely frigid during the long winters is beyond me. The only logical reason is to dilute the population and in the long run dilute the voting pool. ND is small enough that a fast breeding population combined with family reunifications, could outvote the natives in a generation.

    Again, when war comes, the outsiders will stand out like flies on rice.

  3. The so-called demonstration is nothing but a typical leftist smear campaign. Very crude and superficial – just like the left.

  4. “She has a direct line to President Donald Trump through Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an advisor to the President.”

    If your line to the President goes through someone else, how is it a “direct” line?

  5. Human Lemmings, the lot of them. I sometimes think that it might be best to let them run over the cliff and then just clean up the mess in the space they will have left behind them.

  6. The High Plains Reader has drifted far from responsible journalism with this biased and deliberately misleading article. The reference to Elisabeth marching with skinheads, etc. is egregious and wrong. But that for them is, apparently, no reason not to publish such slander.

    Was Elisabeth actually convicted of “hate crimes”? She was acquitted of the charge of incitement to hatred. Instead, she was convicted of the “denigration of the religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion” —a charge introduced by the judge. That sounds like Elisabeth was expressing her own opinion, something the protest organizers purport to value.

    • As Elisabeth has recounted, the charge was added by the judge during the trial, so it doesn’t have an official designation as a “hate crime” statute, just a reference to the law. However, it has generally been referred to as hate crime since then, as far as I know.

  7. Yes, and it will be repeated over and over, as one less-than-careful media outlet quotes another. No doubt the protesters take it as gospel with no attempt to verify the facts for themselves.

    As for the charge for which Elisabeth was convicted, it’s so fraught with problems as to be ridiculous. “Denigration of the religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion” is both redundant and ambiguous. Perhaps Elisabeth should have concentrated on the scientific beliefs of Islam? When does objective analysis become “denigration”? How does the legal system determine what belief system is or is not recognized? What business is it of any legal system to categorize any religion? The whole process was a legal travesty but it will continue to be exploited by those who aim to shield Islam from any criticism.

  8. I propose leaflets and signs strapping Islamic baggage to these Quislings. Let them have it with full force. Change the organization as applicable.

    “NDHRC supports forced child marriage!”
    “NDHRC supports marital child rape!”
    “NDHRC supports legal wife beating!”
    “NDHRC supports killing apostates from Islam!”
    “NDHRC supports the murder of gays!”
    “NDHRC supports female genital mutilation!”

    Bombard them with direct attachment to the consequences of sharia law.
    Don’t give them a free pass, ever. SPLC, ACLU, Antifa, anybody.

  9. We’d better sharpen our arguments and find the best language and reasoning to use.

    Our lives may depend upon us creating apostates and converts.

    I think the worst feature of Islam is its command to kill everyone who dares not believe. But how do we put this into some snappy one liners? Maybe its treatment of women is a more compelling argument? Or its obvious lack of love and forgiveness for non-believers. Or its belief in scientific gibberish? Or anti-democratic submission mindedness?

  10. I wonder how many of these idiots really have Muslim neighbors, e.g., a Somali or Afghan family.
    Would be an eye-opener for some of them.

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