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Eurabia and Blasphemy Laws

Oct 30, 2018

By now most of you would have heard of a recent ruling in Europe which basically informs us that sharia blasphemy laws are now in effect, and one has no right to say anything that will make a Muslim feel bad. Yes it really is that serious. The courts there are pushing sharia law on the rest of Europe.

But let me look at blasphemy laws for just a moment. Many religions have them, because it is felt that such a thing as blasphemy exists. Jesus for example was accused of blasphemy by the Jewish leaders of the day for making himself equal with God (Mark 14:60-64, eg.).

Christian Europe used to have them. Indeed, I was interested to read a piece concerning Ireland just the other day. It said this: “Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a ‘medieval’ ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum. . . . It has been over 150 years since anyone was prosecuted for blasphemy in Ireland.”
www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/27/ireland-votes-to-oust-blasphemy-ban-from-constitution

However, one religion still proudly has blasphemy laws, and they are fully enforced in certain countries. I refer of course to Islam. People can still be put to death if they blaspheme in various Muslim-majority nations. But now we are seeing Europe, which has long ago rid itself of any Christian laws along these lines, or at least not enforced them, bowing to sharia blasphemy law.

So I return to the case which has been making news for the past week. The case goes back almost a decade. In December of 2011 an Austrian court charged housewife Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff with denigrating religious beliefs, and ordered her to pay a fine for saying that Muhammad’s marriage to a child was akin to paedophilia.

She had made those claims in seminars several years earlier in Vienna. Details of that court case can be found here: www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2702/sabaditsch-wolff-appeal

She had appealed that ruling, but she did not get good news from the powers that be. The European Court of Human Rights just recently decided that her free speech is not protected because she was disparaging a religion and offending Muslims. You can read the ruling for yourself if you are interested: hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng-press#{%22itemid%22:[%22003-6234980-8105265%22]}

Sabaditsch-Wolff said this about the latest outcome:

On Thursday, 25 October the ECHR ruled that my conviction by an Austrian court for discussing the marriage between Prophet Mohammed and a six year old girl, Aisha, did not infringe my rights of freedom of speech.
I was not extended the courtesy of being told of this ruling. Like many others, I had to read it in the media.

The ECHR found there had been no violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights and that right to expression needed to be balanced with the rights of others to have their religious feelings protected, and served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria.

In other words, my right to speak freely is less important than protecting the religious feelings of others. This should ring warning bells for my fellow citizens across the continent. We should all be extremely concerned that the rights of Muslims in Europe NOT to be offended are greater than my own rights, as a native European Christian woman, to speak freely. I am proud to be the woman who has raised this alarm….

It is obvious to me that public education and discourse on the subject of Islam can have a fundamental and far-reaching impact, even if our state or supra-national authorities try to stifle or silence it, in order to appease a culture so foreign to our own. This fight continues. My voice will not and cannot be silenced.
www.jihadwatch.org/2018/10/elisabeth-sabaditsch-wolff-responds-to-eu-courts-ruling-that-speech-insulting-muhammad-is-prohibited

Yes we are now living in frightening times. The simple truth is this: Judaism and Christianity are routinely disparaged, mocked, vilified and attacked in secular Europe today, and no one bats an eyelid about it. But dare to say anything about Islam – even if it happens to be 100 per cent true – and you will find yourself facing the heavy hand of the law.

I realise that the sexual revolution has pretty much swept everything before its path, but most folks hopefully still think that adults having sex with children is just not on. But it seems fine for the founder of Islam, and no one in Europe is now able to say otherwise.

Thomas Panis offers a good summary of this appalling outcome:

What this shameful episode shows is that the legal elites of the faltering European Union have a complete different idea about liberty, as compared to the ideas of the Founding Fathers in the USA. In pursuit of a European “Bill of Rights,” large treaties were signed, great speeches held, and supranational institutions created. But when push comes to shove, freedom of speech, one of the basic liberties – maybe the most fundamental one of them all – is deemed less important than the feelings of Muslims. Moreover, ironically, critique of the “Religion of Peace” is now deemed a threat to “religious peace.”
www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/in_europe_feelings_of_muslims_now_officially_trump_freedom_of_speech.html

Was Muhammad a paedophile?

It is worth looking at this issue just a bit more. Did he do that which was akin to paedophilia? Well, what do you call a 50-year-old man who marries a six-year-old girl and consummates that marriage with her when she is nine years old? This is just what Muhammad did with Aisha when he was in Medina. How do we know this? Just pull out your copy of the hadith for starters.

The best known and most reliable, Bukhari [5158] will do here: “Narrated ‘Urwa: The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with `Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” See here for example: www.gowister.com/hadith/bukhari/5046/

However the ECHR is now telling us that none of this matters. Europeans can NOT make such claims any longer as it will hurt the feelings of Muslims and disrupt religious peace. So what we have here is Europe joining enlightened and progressive nations like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in enforcing sharia blasphemy laws.

Robert Spence asked – and answered – a rhetorical question on all this: “Would the European Court of Human Rights rule that someone deserved a fine and imprisonment for criticizing Jesus? The case wouldn’t even come to them.” Exactly.
www.jihadwatch.org/2018/10/european-court-of-human-rights-insulting-muhammad-not-free-speech

Christianity did much to separate church and state – rightly understood. Jesus laid the foundation for this by speaking of rendering to Caesar the things that are his, and to God the things that are his. It took many centuries to see that fully worked out in the West of course, but that is where we got to, with religious freedom and pluralism the result.

But now Europe is throwing all this away. Sure, it still insists on separation of church and state as strongly as ever. But it is now insisting on bringing together mosque and state. Goodbye freedom of speech. Goodbye freedom of conscience. Goodbye freedom of religion.

Welcome to Eurabia, where Islam is sweeping everything in its path while Christianity is being undermined and opposed at every turn. Goodbye Europe.

For those who prefer videos, this 12-minute video by David Wood on the topic is well worth watching and sharing far and wide: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps8iwcxaXV0&fbclid=IwAR0_aIAr_TmW593R0Lay_O2tlN6WMXD-SrLK4lH5qPWpoW-Ckj8HSj2Xtnw

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10 Responses to Eurabia and Blasphemy Laws

  • Sadly Bill I agree with you. Europe’s islamisation process is well underway. Also remember watching a video on the birth rates for Muslims in Europe verses the rest of the population recently. It is only a matter of time. Islam was engulf and control Europe. Deeply disturbing for Christians and those who won’t bend to Sharia law in Europe. The leftist groups are too foolish to see the implications of this until it’s too late. We are certainly in the last days before Christ’s return. I say 20 years max., but awaiting the construction of the 3rd temple in Jerusalem. That is a key milestone for me.
    God bless Phil

  • Freedom of speech is rapidly becoming “tempered” by those who believe they have Freedom of not having to hear. But then, as you pointed out, Bill, that freedom to not have to hear (or read) another person’s views when it hurts your poor little sensitive religious feelings…well, that only counts if you are the “right” religion who’s offended. That, most assuredly is never Christianity or Judaism.

  • Why are Muslims offended by what their prophet did?
    I thought that Muslims believe that,as the perfect model of man, he could do no wrong. So having sex with a 9 yo, is what their prophet did, so it must be right- so why be offended? Or could it be that, because God’s law is written on their hearts (Rom 2:15), they know in their hearts that this behaviour is wrong and don’t like to be reminded that their prophet isn’t as perfect as he’s made out to be?

  • Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.

    Why?

    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

    Read it all at: http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/

  • Islam will now take Europe unopposed. Good bye from Europe.

  • Bill, thank you for the link to the judgement.

    It says the judges didn’t overrule the conviction because she “failed to neutrally inform her audience of the historical background, which consequently did not allow for a serious debate on that issue.”

    That’s nice. Now when leftists call for the removal of this statue or that statue we can say let’s talk about the historical background of how slavery was legal and socially acceptable in the South, or how in Captain Cook’s time exploring and colonizing the world was an act of service to God, King and country, and these men did what they did sincerely thinking they were doing the right thing.

  • This is a very disturbing trend and what is even more disturbing is how few media outlets are reporting on it.

    In an amazing turnaround, Asia Bibi has finally been acquitted https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qbftl

  • Asia’s release is wonderful but I get the feeling more trouble is going to happen soon, especially to the judges that acquitted her. Everyone brace yourselves.

    https://www.rt.com/news/442708-islamist-death-judges-pakistan/

  • Unfortunately, it does not seem to be over for Asia Bibi…
    https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-46080067

  • It has to be overturned. It’s the only fair thing to do.

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