Europe’s War On Free Speech

Many years ago I met Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff at a dinner in Stoughton, Massachusetts (story here). She told her story of being charged with hate speech for teaching a course about Mohammad that included identifying him as a pedophile (story here).

Today, Reason posted an article about a decision by the European Court of Human Rights that most knowledgeable observers recognize as the case of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. The title of the article is, “European Court: OK to Criminalize Calling Mohammed a Pedophile.”

The article reports:

The case, decided yesterday by the European Court of Human Rights, is E.S. v. Austria — I assume from the facts and from the initials that this is the Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff case. Here’s the court’s own summary:

Criminal conviction and fine for statements accusing the Prophet Muhammad of paedophilia: no violation

Facts – The applicant held seminars with the title “Basic information on Islam” at the right-wing Freedom Party Education Institute. At one such seminar, referring to a marriage which Muhammad had concluded with Aisha, a six-year old, and consummated when she had been nine, she stated inter alia “[Muhammad] liked to do it with children”, “the thing with Aisha and child sex” and “a 56-year-old and a six-year-old? What do you call that? Give me an example? What do we call it, if it is not paedophilia?”

In 2011, as a result of these statements, the applicant was convicted of disparagement of religious precepts pursuant to Article 188 of the Criminal Code. She was sentenced to pay a fine of EUR 480, or serve 60 days of imprisonment in the event of default.

The domestic courts made a distinction between child marriages and paedophilia. In their opinion, by accusing Muhammad of paedophilia, the applicant had merely sought to defame him, without providing evidence that his primary sexual interest in Aisha had been her not yet having reached puberty or that his other wives or concubines had been similarly young. In particular, the applicant had disregarded the fact that the marriage with Aisha had continued until the Prophet’s death, when she had already turned eighteen and had therefore passed the age of puberty.

The thing to remember here is that there is no regard for truth here.  What Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff said about Mohammad is true, but according to Sharia Law, any speech that a Muslim does not like can be considered slander. In a country under Sharia Law, you can be executed for slander. Is Europe moving toward a Sharia Law definition of slander by calling it hate speech? In America we have the First Amendment (at least for now). We need to protect our First Amendment rights because they are somewhat unique–even in the western world. In Britain and Canada pastors have been charged with hate speech for quoting the Bible on such issues as homosexuality. Their pastors are not free to share the Bible in its entirety. In America we need to make sure we elect leaders who will abide by the Constitution and protect free speech.

I strongly suggest you follow the link above to read the entire article at Reason. The thought that you can go to prison for telling the truth is chilling.


The Problem With Speaking The Truth

Below is a video of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff speaking with Michael Coren on his SUN TV program. Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff is currently in America speaking out about the dangers of losing our right to free speech. I attended one of her presentations last week ( The original article is at The video is also posted on YouTube.

Here is the video:

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The First Amendment Matters

I love America. I was born here, and I have lived here all my life. I have lived in New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and a southern state. This is my country. Last night I learned that I need to be very worried about the future of my country.

About a year and a half ago, I wrote an article about Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff ( The article details the battle Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff went through because she told the truth about Islam. Please follow the link above to read the story.

Last night, I had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff and hearing her speak. I really didn’t like hearing what she had to say, but I appreciated her courage in saying it. Europe does not have First Amendment protections. There are a number of people who have been tried (some convicted) in European countries for telling the truth about Islam. Unfortunately, that mindset is coming to America. The full text of Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff’s remarks can be found at

The following links are from my website and others detailing some of the ways that Americans are losing their First Amendment rights. Please read the articles.,,,

There are just four examples of Americans’ First Amendment rights being taken away–in both political and religious speech. President Obama has stated, “The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Frankly, I have never heard an American President defend Christianity in that way. Why the double standard?

Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff spoke of the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the American political system. Frank Gaffney put together a ten-part series detailing that infiltration at the Center For Security Policy. If you don’t have time to watch the entire 10 parts, I strongly suggest that you watch the summary.

Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff also pointed out that Islam has politically morphed from a religion to a race–therefore anyone who opposes the teachings of Islam is a racist.

The only hope for America is awareness and citizen involvement. If America is willing to pay the price to remain the last bastion of freedom, we may be able to turn the tide back here and in Europe. We need to remember that the goal of Islam (coincidentally also the goal of Iran, Egypt, and many other Muslim nations) is a world-wide caliphate. We have the choice right now whether or not we want to be part of that caliphate. We may not have that choice for long.

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