Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is a woman caught up in extraordinary times. She has been hectored, vilified, persecuted and prosecuted for the grave offense of telling the truth about Mohammed and his “marriage” to a very young child as related in Islamic sacred literature. Her case has exposed the grave danger to freedom of speech (and thus, freedom of thought itself) in Europe. She fought bravely in the legal arena through the Austrian courts and on to the European Court of Human Rights to defend her freedom (and by extension the rights of all Europeans), to freely voice her opinion. She lost.
In Europe, human rights are no longer thought to be intrinsic to the individual as a gift given by God, but are rather thought to be a gift of the state, which can be limited or revoked at will.
This is a dangerous development and it could be coming to America.
Her book serves as a warning call.
It begins by relating her life’s odyssey, living in a number of Muslim countries even as a young child. Her father served in the Austrian diplomatic corps. She was living in Iran when the Islamic Revolution broke out. Later, she too followed the path of diplomatic service and gained extensive experience working in the Muslim world. She was living in Kuwait when Saddam Hussein invaded. Elisabeth knows whereof she speaks.
The second half of the book consists of expert analyses of her legal case by Robert Spencer, Clare M. Lopez, Stephen Coughlin, Grégor Puppinck, Christian Zeitz, Henrik R. Clausen, Christine Brim and Aaron Rhodes. These experts testify to the wrongness of the courts’ repeated decisions and to the righteousness of her cause.
Freedom of expression the basis for all freedom. There is no other freedom without it.
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About the Author
Late in 2009 she was charged with "hate speech" under Austrian law for factually accurate assertions she made during a seminar on Islam, regarding statements in the Hadith on child marriage. "I want to preserve Europe and its democratic and secular values. Islamic doctrine discriminates against women and non-Muslims. Islamic law, or shariah, cannot be reconciled with democratic principles and universal human rights." In 2011, she was convicted of "denigrating the teachings of legally recognized religion in Austria" in a Vienna courtroom and paid a fine. The case was later accepted for decision at the European Court for Human Rights. She now works to preserve the First Amendment and has her own weekly show on EncounterTruth.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Karen Siegemund 17
Preface: Meet Emma and Aisha 27
1 - A Rebel at Heart 37
2 - Early Years in Iran 43
3 - Living in Iraq and America 58
4 - I Was Saddam Hussein’s Hostage—A Diary 66
5 - My Time in Kuwait 93
6 - My Time in Libya 116
7 - Back in Vienna 125
8 - The Crucial Year 131
9 - The Trial 141
10 - The Appeal 166
11 - Waiting for the European Court of Human Rights’
12 - The European Court of Human Rights—or Wrongs? 210
Analysis by Robert Spencer 233
Analysis by Clare M. Lopez, “The Great Purge: An Ongoing Threat to Freedom of Speech” 241
Analysis by Stephen Coughlin, “On the Road to Serfdom” 249
Analysis by Grégor Puppinck for the European Centre for Law and Justice 260
Analysis by Christian Zeitz, “Order, Freedom and Cultural Self-Defense” 269
The Austrian Law on Islam by Christian Zeitz and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff 290
Analysis of Press Coverage in the U.S., Europe and Islamic Media by Henrik R. Clausen and Christine Brim 305
Analysis by Aaron Rhodes, “The European Court of Human Rights’ Assault on Natural Rights” 337
Appendix A 347