“News” gegen die Redefreiheit, Teil 2

Drei Wochen nachdem die ehemalige Disneyland-Rezeptionistin Veronika Dolna einen “Bericht” über die Islamseminare des Freiheitlichen Bildungsinstitutes im Boulevardblatt “News” veröffentlicht hatte, kam das große Erstaunen: Trotz Anzeige und der großangelegten Diffamierungskampagne “Jetzt reicht es Österreich!”, bei der sich eine Woche nach dem “Undercoverreport” sämtliche österreichische Halbprominenz gratis in Szene setzen durfte,   hielt Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff noch immer Islamseminare.
Frei nach Maos “Bestrafe einen, erziehe tausende” folgte ein weiterer Rufmordartikel mit der ungläubigen Schlagzeile:

Islam-Hetze geht in die nächste Runde:
Sabaditsch-Wolff hält weiter FPÖ-Vorträge

Hier die Geschichte (auf Englisch)aus der Sicht von Frau Sabaditsch-Wolff auf Englisch, veröffentlicht im Leitblog “gates of vienna” am 12. Dezember 2009:

On Wednesday night I gave my presentation on Islam at another seminar, part 2 of the series in the province of Burgenland. The meeting was held in Pinkafeld, a small town about 90 minutes south of Vienna.

In November there were approximately 50 attendees at Seminar 1. This time the number was a bit lower; however, among them was a group of young Bosnian girls who appeared fully integrated, and would not even have been recognizable as Muslims if they hadn’t acted up they way they eventually did.

I began with a preamble of sorts, explaining the nature and goals of these seminars, focusing on the right to freedom of speech. In addition I emphasized that this seminar does not focus on Muslims themselves, but rather on political Islam and its manifestations. Furthermore, I stated that this seminar concentrates on criticism of Islam; if someone wants to hear the positive side of Islam, he or she is free to ask the Islamic faith community for a seminar.

Alas, these words — and my frequent repetitions that Muslims per se were not being addressed — did not deter the group of Bosnians from interrupting me to tell the audience that they felt victimized and feared that they too would one day be sent back to Bosnia (alluding to their thinking that I advocated the expulsion of Muslims from Austria) to face the wrath of the evil Serbs.

They simply did not want to listen nor understand that this seminar’s intention is to explain the nature of political Islam. Instead, they attacked me personally.

There’s no need to go into detail, since it followed the usual pattern. Cell phones were used to call in an Austrian lady who rudely interrupted me and confronted me verbally, saying that Christmas is celebrated in Egypt and that she would report me to the authorities for racism and xenophobia. (I had been showing pictures of last year’s Christmas displays in a German shopping center which had featured Islamic and Arabic scenes instead of Christian ones).

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In any case, the rest of the audience started to complain about the rudeness of these women. A verbal brawl ensued while I remained completely silent, waiting for everyone to calm down. Thank goodness the FPÖ had sent a security expert who managed to calm these women down, so that I was able to finish and take a break. The audience was visibly annoyed and rallied by my side.

During the break the Bosnian women continued the discussion outside the seminar room. They calmed down enough to continue listening to the remainder of my presentation — until, that is, I presented Eurabia, which caused them to get up collectively and leave the room (once more interrupting me).

One more observation: it was interesting to note that it was both the Muslim women who felt victimized as well as the “fundamentalist” Christians who were the ones causing the commotion, though the Christians to a lesser degree. They frequently interrupted saying that “all this can also be found in Christianity”.

I used the following two arguments that effectively “killed” unqualified dissent:

1. When the Bosnians and others complained that all I talked about were the negative aspects, I replied that I have not so far seen them or any other Muslim groups protesting FGM or other non-Muslim or Muslim behavior unacceptable in the West.
2. When members of the audience complained that my seminar was polemic or one-sided or should include this or that, I replied that they were free to hold their own seminars.

Both of these arguments were met with silence.

All in all, I was able to keep my composure, since by now I am able to deal with these people. Of course it is unnerving, but I will not be intimidated.

Their actions provided ample evidence of what my seminar was all about: freedom of speech, and these groups’ understanding of what this freedom means.

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One Response to “News” gegen die Redefreiheit, Teil 2

  1. Astrid says:

    Although quotation marks were used, I still want to object to the term “fundamentalist Christians”. These were not fundamentalist Christians; they weren’t real Christians at all! These people are nothing but traitors who are perhaps members of the church, but then merely on the paper. True and pious Christians may sometimes be too trusting or even blue-eyed but they don’t fanatically defend Islam against justified criticism.
    True Christians don’t do that for several reasons:
    1. Their mission is to spread the gospel and not to defend an evil and untrue religion.
    2. They do care about the truth, in awareness that the truth is absolute and not relative. To permanently claim, however, that all religions are equal or equally good, like pseudo-Christians do, shows indifference towards truth and that they prefer the phony peace to the truth. Who loves God, loves the truth and won’t accept falsifications of history either, while indifference and ignorance often hide behind “tolerance”.
    3. True Christians know enough about their own religion to recognize differences to another religion and thus they cannot be deceived so easily. (For instance they rather understand the serious implications of several Islamic doctrines: e.g. the denial of the original sin, of the crucifixion, of the divinity of Gods Son, the extremely different image of man and God – while the phony Christians, the “dialog-Christians”, don’t care when the crucifixion of Christ and his divinity are denied, as long as the “nice and peaceful” dialog goes on and gives them the feeling to be good people.)
    4. True Christians pray and have a lively relationship with Christ and thus they can’t react indifferently, when lies against Him are spread. (For instance, when Islam claims that he was a prophet of Allah and never crucified.)
    5. True Christians believe and bear a deep hope for the kingdom of Heaven and eternal life, for the phony ones however, the world and its opinion mean everything.
    6. They are aware, that one cannot serve two lords – either we follow Christ or somebody else or something else like the law of Allah. Either of each!
    7. People who trust in God don’t anxiously bow to ideologies. Besides, that is a serious sin and strictly forbidden because it is idolatry.
    8. People who believe in Gods true word (written in the Holy Bible) are spiritually armed against wrong ideologies and don’t care about political correctness.
    9. People who love the true God, the God of trinity, and at the same time feel being truly loved by Him, can endure to be despised by the world much easier. They can think: “May they hate us, may they despise and prosecute us – in the end it is only important that Jesus is satisfied with us. And in the end, as we know, only He will judge us all!”
    10. Pious Christians are aware of the fact that Jesus has defeated the devil on the cross and has brought redemption. The Terror and the atrocities in the world are caused by the defeated who leads a war which he has already lost, only out of hatred. In consequence they don’t feel the need to negotiate with the evil and know that this is even insane. The cross is a sign of victory over the devil, over death and sin (and definitely NOT a sign of “tolerance”, one of the most stupid claims of phony Christians.)
    11. Of course they have the motto: Love the sinner but hate the sin!
    12. And this enumeration of reasons is probably not complete.
    Who believes in nothing, will believe everything, will want to be everything, will fall for everything, will stand for nothing and in the end will BE NOTHING!
    Because the media is so pro-Islam and so anti-Christian they give a lot of audience to false, hypocritical and cowardly Christians who behave the expected way, who bow to the political correctness and who fake Christian belief and spread heresies wherever the truth is disturbing to some dominant opinion-makers of today. These are people who sell their souls. I really understand when Muslims don’t respect these special “Christians”, as useful they may be.

    God bless you.

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