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-European Court: Goodbye Free Speech- Illegal to Defame Muhammad

by Dr. D ~ October 27th, 2018

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled this week that free speech does not extend to defaming Islam’s founder- Muhammad. Even if what is said might be true?

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was originally fined and given a jail sentence for calling Muhammad a pedophile after noting that the 56 year old prophet of Islam had married a six-year-old and later consummated that ‘marriage’ when she was only nine. The Austrian court ruled that she was making value judgments without regard to the full truth and ‘the historical context.’  From Fox News:

The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled that insulting Islamic prophet Muhammad “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace.” …

The court’s decision comes after it rejected an Austrian woman’s claim that her previous conviction for calling Muhammad a pedophile, due to his marriage to a 6-year-old girl, violated her freedom of speech.

The ECHR ruled Austrian courts had “carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.”

Here’s a link to the court’s ruling which includes this statement in the conclusion:

In conclusion, the domestic courts had comprehensively assessed the wider context of the applicant’s statements, and carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the rights of others to have their religious feelings protected, and to have religious peace preserved in Austrian society. They had discussed the permissible limits of criticism of religious doctrines versus their disparagement, and found that the applicant’s statements had been likely to arouse justified indignation in Muslims.…

Response: What does one call a 56 year old man that marries a 6 year old and then consummates the marriage three years later when she is only 9? Sabaditsch-Wolff said that he was a pedophile which could be argued to be the truth even if it upset others.

The court ruled that free speech in this case is trumped by the ‘religious feelings’ of Muslims since it would cause indignation among the followers of Islam. In the process, the European court has established that ‘blasphemy’ against Muhammad is illegal and over-rides free speech as the law of the land.  This is the corner stone and the beginning of the establishment of Sharia Law in Europe.

Where does this go next? There is already huge Muslim support in the UN for the establishment of blasphemy laws outlawing anything said against Islam or Muhammad. It is already happening in Canada and folks are being arrested in the UK for speaking against Islam.

You can also bet that progressive activists are looking for ways to establish some kind of ‘blasphemy’ laws in America. I have read a number of articles on the internet pushing for limitations on free speech and religious freedom when it comes to LGBT folks and Muslims are many times also cited because of the supposed growing problem of ‘Islamophobia.’ So in America free speech is already being targeted for ‘re-definition’ and restrictions even if it is protected by the Constitution.                *Top

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2 Responses to -European Court: Goodbye Free Speech- Illegal to Defame Muhammad

  1. Brian

    So, if I preach a sermon “I am the way, the truth and the life – no man comes to the Father by Me”, then I have apparently defamed Mohammad and can be criminally prosecuted

  2. Dr. D

    Brian, something similar has already happened in Pakistan. Their sharia blasphemy laws include anything said that contradicts Islamic teaching. That demonstrates where this ends up going if you want to placate and bow to Islam.

    Meanwhile I just saw an article that says Canada will not allow anyone to adopt children from Muslim countries since adoption is contrary to Islamic teaching and they don’t want to offend Muslims. Meanwhile that country is getting serious about ruling out anything spoken against the ‘religion of peace.’

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