European Court of Human Rights: Criticism of Islam not protected free speech

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 10/27/2018 | Mike LaChance
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In 2009, an Austrian woman conducting a seminar on Islam argued that since Muhammad’s marriage to a six year old girl meant he was a pedophile. She was convicted for this by an Austrian court, and now the European Court of Human Rights agrees.

We certainly have free speech issues in the United States, but nothing this surreal. Yet.

DWcom - Details

DW.com has details:

An Austrian woman’s conviction for calling the Prophet Muhammad a pedophile did not violate her freedom of speech, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday.

ECHR - Courts - Applicant - Right - Freedom

The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled that Austrian courts carefully balanced the applicant’s “right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected, and served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria.”

The woman in 2009 held two seminars entitled “Basic Information on Islam,” during which she likened Muhammad’s marriage to a six-year-old girl, Aisha, to pedophilia.

Marriage - Islamic - Tradition - Aisha - Muhammad

The marriage according to Islamic tradition was consummated when Aisha was nine and Muhammad was around 50. Aisha was the daughter of Muhammad’s best friend and the first caliph, Abu Bakr.

The court cited the Austrian women stating during the seminar that Muhammad “liked to do it with children”...
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