Skip to comments.Calling Mohammed a Pedophile Not Covered by Free Speech, European Court Rules
Posted on 10/26/2018 4:29:52 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
(CNSNews.com) Europes top human rights court has ruled that comments about Mohammed having pedophilic tendencies are not covered by the right to freedom of expression, agreeing with the assessment of courts in Austria that the remarks constituted an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam which could stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace.
A seven-judge European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) panel in Strasbourg concluded that the Austrian courts had carefully balanced the applicants 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.
Thursdays decision came nine years after Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian political scientist and activist, held a seminar in Vienna where among things she criticized the treatment of women in Islam. The topic of Mohammeds marriage to Aisha, the youngest of his dozen wives and concubines, came up.
According to Islamic texts, the 7th century Arabian who founded Islam was betrothed to Aisha when she was six, and the marriage was consummated when she was nine.
The court record quotes Sabaditsch-Wolff as having said that Mohammed liked to do it with children, (other translations of the German comment render it had a thing for little girls) and saying, A 56-year-old and a six-year-old? What do we call it, if it is not pedophilia?
In 2011, Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted under Austrias penal code for denigrating the teachings of a legally recognized religion and fined 480 euros (about $546), plus costs. She was acquitted on a charge of incitement.
Sabaditsch-Wolff appealed the decision, but a higher court in Austria upheld it.
In June 2012 the case was lodged with the ECHR, which hears allegations of breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights. Sabaditsch-Wolff complained her freedom of expression rights under the convention had been violated.
She said the Austrian courts had failed to address the substance of the statements in question, in the light of her right to freedom of expression.
If they had done so, Sabaditsch-Wolff argued, they would have qualified that as value judgments based on facts, rather than as mere value judgments.
The ECHR judges disagreed.
They said although people must tolerate the denial by others of their religious beliefs, in cases where comments are likely to incite religious intolerance a state might legitimately consider them to be incompatible with respect for the freedom of thought, conscience and religion and take proportionate restrictive measures.
The judges also said the subject matter was of a particularly sensitive nature, and that the authorities in Austria were in a better position to evaluate which statements were likely to disturb the religious peace in their country.
Has this penal code been used to convict those who denigrate Christianity? Somehow I doubt it.
Hey judgie,wudgie, what word should we use to describe a man married to a 6 year old?
With allies like the EU, who needs enemies.
BTW, if you think this is bad, get a load of Articles 11 and 13, the link tax and the meme ban.
So the Austian’s have freedom of speech unless the subject that speech is of a “particularly sensitive nature, and, or it could “disturb the religious peace in their country?
Have I got that right?
Mohammed was a slave master and a warlord with a child bride.
an anti-Christ incarnate
Europeans still don’t seem to get the meaning of free speech. These judges certainly don’t.
Every atheist in the EU then is guilty of this law like Richard Dawkins.
EUSSR leaders want their own child brides and husbands.
stop being so judgey! < /s >
Do those statements of fact come under free speech?
an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam which could stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace.
Islam. Religious peace??
You can always bring up a topic by reminding people to not bring up that topic. For instance, “And when talking about Muhammad, please show respect and let’s not call him a pedophile and let’s not dwell upon his child bride, peace be upon her, or a even refer to him, as some have, as a camel f*cker”
It is a declaration that Islam it too brittle--too fragile--to withstand insults.
If Islam cannot be insulted, then it cannot be examined. And if it cannot be examined, the question raised is "why not?" "Is it too weak to withstand examination?"
All this leads people to wonder if Islam is a contrived, vulnerable, and, ultimately, false narrative.
The death of Truth in Europe. This is how liberty and justice die at the hands of technocrats, oligarchs, and fascists.
So far, youve won the internet today....
Austria's best known citizen vass Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945.
To Hell with Austria and their "penal code"!
"Stop with the examination you are triggering me!"
European Court of Human Rights = clones of the rabid Nazi judge Roland Freisler who was hanged at Nuremberg.
A second Dark Age is descending upon Europe. As with the 1st Dark Age, there will be a few fortresses of civilization, Hungary, Poland, which will hold out as the rest is destroyed and reduced to 3rd world conditions. After 500 or so years, these citadels of civilization can rebuild on the charred remains.
Pork Be Upon Him!
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