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The Truth is No Defense

The Truth is No Defense

by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943003310
Publisher: New English Review Press DBA Wrld Encounter Inst
Publication date: 11/11/2019
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, married and mother of a daughter, is an Austrian human rights and anti-sharia activist. A diplomat's daughter, she was a child in Iran during the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and later lived in Iraq, Kuwait and Libya. During the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, she was among the Austrian citizens who were held hostage. She subsequently worked as assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, at the Austrian Embassy Kuwait, and the Austrian Embassy Tripoli, Libya.

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

Table of Contents


Acknowlegments 11

Foreword by Dr. Karen Siegemund 17

Preface: Meet Emma and Aisha 27

Introduction 29

Prologue 33

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’

Decision 185

12 - The European Court of Human Rights—or Wrongs? 210

Conclusion 217

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

Epilogue 343

Appendix A 347

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