European Court: Insulting Islam’s Prophet Not Allowed as Free Speech

Conservative Firing Line | 10/27/2018 | Staff
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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad does not fall within the law of freedom of expression. The ruling stated that insulting Muhammad “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace.”

The case stemmed from a woman who was holding seminars in Austria and twice in 2009 made the statement that Muhammad was a pedophile due to his “marriage” to a 6 year old girl.

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The Austrian woman stated in her seminars that Muhammad “liked to do it with children” and “… A 56-year-old and a 6-year-old? … What do we call it, if it is not pedophilia?”

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The woman argued her comments fell within her right of...
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