Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Time Given Us...

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff Speech
in Copenhagen at IFPS

A tip of the hat to Baron Bodissey at the Gates of Vienna blog, who sent us this stirring address by Austrian Free Speech advocate, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, whom we had interviewed for the NER just prior to her show trial in Vienna that began on November 23rd. Among others who will speak at the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen at this International Free Press Society event will be René Stadtkewitz (Germany) and Jimmie Åkesson (Sweden). Geert wilders had to cancel his appearance a few days ago. Rabbi Jon Hausman has traveled from the US to attend this important gathering of EU anti-Jihadists. We have called Elisabeth, the "Mother Courage of the 21st Century". Her young daughter Ella, husband, parents and thousands of international admirers hold her in great esteem. Having lived in Muslim countries and witnessed first hand Shariah and Islamic anti-Semitism, she has bared witness to the threats to Free Speech for all of us by daring to crticise Islam. As we are wont to say in Hebrew: Kol hakavod , Hazak v Amataz. (All honors. Be strong and of good courage).

The Time That is Given Us

The International Free Press Society sponsored a conference today in Copenhagen. Below is the speech that was given during the event by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (photo © Snaphanen).


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I stand here before you in the city of Copenhagen in the year 2010. This is widely considered to be an enlightened country in the heart of an enlightened continent.

Our basic freedoms have long been guaranteed — first by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as passed by the United Nations in 1948, and then buttressed by the Council of Europe in 1950 through the European Convention of Human Rights, which was later affirmed by the European Union. Our individual countries have additionally codified the same basic rights in their own constitutions.

These rights include the freedom of individual conscience, the right to assemble peaceably, and the right to practice our religion freely, or to have no religion at all. And, perhaps most importantly of all, they include the right to voice our opinions freely and to publish them without hindrance.

Yet freedom of speech is under attack today here in Denmark, as it is in my own country Austria, and indeed all across Europe. Today, in 21st century Western Europe, our right to free speech is being shut down quietly and systematically with an effectiveness that the commissars in the old Soviet Union could only dream of.

A milestone in this ominous totalitarian trend will be reached tomorrow, 28 November 2010, when the member states of the European Union are required to implement an innocuous-sounding legal provision known as the “Framework decision on combating racism and xenophobia”, or, more fully, the “Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law.” According to the final article of the Framework Decision, “Member States shall take the necessary measures to comply with the provisions of this Framework Decision by 28 November 2010.”

Why does this matter to the cause of free speech in Europe?

If you read the full text of the Framework Decision (which may be found in the legislative section of the EU’s website), you will learn that “Each Member State shall take the measures necessary… to ensure that the following intentional conduct is punishable.” Such “intentional conduct” includes “conduct which is a pretext for directing acts against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin.”

Based on what has recently happened to Geert Wilders and me — and earlier to Gregorius Nekschot, Jussi Halla-aho, and numerous others — we can all guess who will be punished under this provision of the Framework Decision: those who criticize Islam.

Even worse, a complaint made by a member state does not have to be “dependent on a report or an accusation made by a victim of the conduct”, nor does the alleged offender have to be “physically present in its territory”.

In other words, if the dhimmi Austrian government objects to a cartoon published by Kurt Westergaard here in Denmark, Mr. Westergaard may be extradited by the Austrian Ministry of Justice to answer to hate speech charges in Austria. The European Arrest Warrant guarantees that the Danish government cannot legally interfere with such an extradition, and the 800-strong “European Gendarmerie Force” would be available to fetch Mr. Westergaard out of his bed and bring him to Vienna — with impunity.

As of tomorrow, the above scenario becomes a real possibility. It is not a paranoid fantasy. These legal provisions are detailed in the EU’s public documents, and they will enjoy the full force of law in all EU member states as of midnight tonight.

The death throes of free speech in Europe begin tomorrow morning.

As most of you already know, nearly a year ago I was made aware that “hate speech” charges might be filed against me — I had “denigrated religious teachings” by giving one of my public lectures on Islam.

The possibility of my prosecution was not communicated to me directly, but through articles in the press.

It was not until last month that a court date was set for my case. Once again, I had to discover this fact in the press — in NEWS, the same left-wing newspaper that brought the original complaint against me. I was not officially notified of my hearing date until several days later.

The evidence used against me this past week was a transcript of a tape of my lecture, provided to the court by the same socialist newspaper. It included words that were not spoken by me, and words that were not spoken in public, which therefore were not a violation of the law.

But my case is not really about the law. It is a political trial, and like the trials of Geert Wilders and Jussi Halla-aho, it is intended to silence someone who speaks out against the barbaric nature of sharia law.

Above all else, it is intended to discourage anyone who might consider following in my footsteps. The oligarchs who rule Europe are determined to prevent any frank discussion among their citizens of Islam and its legal doctrines.

These are the methods of a totalitarian state.

They are more successful than those of the Nazis and the Fascists and the Communists because they are accomplished quietly and peacefully, with no need for concentration camps or gulags or mass graves or the shot in the back of the neck in the middle of the night.

They are surgical strikes executed via our legal systems, and they are quite effective. Between the summary punishment carried out against Theo Van Gogh and the Framework Decision applied though our courts, there is no room left for us to maneuver.

We are systematically being silenced.

I admire the provisions of the First Amendment that all Americans enjoy as their birthright. Its free speech provisions will make the imposition of sharia that much more difficult in the United States.

But here in Europe we are not so well-protected. Our constitutions and the rules imposed upon us by the EU allow certain exceptions to the right to speak freely, and those little rips in the fabric of our rights are enough to tear the entire structure to pieces.

We desperately need our own version of the First Amendment. We need leaders who are wise and courageous enough to compose and implement legal instruments that affirm the same fundamental rights that are guaranteed to all citizens by the United States Constitution.

We do not yet have any leaders of this caliber. But they are beginning to appear on the scene, and one day they will be the real leaders of our individual European nations, replacing the internationalist totalitarian usurpers who oppress us today.

Our nations will be governed by their own people, by those who truly represent them. Their leaders will be true patriots, people like Jimmie Åkesson and Kent Ekeroth in Sweden, or Oskar Freysinger in Switzerland, or Geert Wilders and Martin Bosma in the Netherlands, or Filip Dewinter and Frank Vanhecke in Flanders.

We are going to reclaim our continent and our nations. We will take our countries back from those thieves who sneaked them away from us while were lulled into somnolence by our wealth and our pleasant diversions.

This will not be an easy task. Our path will be strewn with obstacles and great dangers. But we must travel it nonetheless, because if we do not, European civilization — the heart of Western Civilization — will be destroyed.

What were formerly our nations will become regions with indistinct boundaries, populated mainly by people of foreign cultures and administered by corrupt totalitarian bureaucrats. The natives — the original inhabitants, our children, the descendants of those who created the greatest civilization the world has ever known — will be reduced to curators and costumed actors in a quaint theme park.

Call it “Euro World”. Authentic cuisine, ethnic dancers, and fireworks at ten o’clock.

This is what we will face if we give up our cherished freedoms. If lose our freedom of speech, then we are lost forever.

I am not a victim. I intend to stand up for what is right. I will defend what needs to be defended. Above everything else, I will exercise my God-given right to speak freely about what is happening. Freedom of speech is the single most important freedom we possess.

I am doing this for my daughter, and for her children, for those who will have to live in the world we are now preparing for them. I am doing what our grandparents should perhaps have done during the 1930s, when their own freedoms were under threat.

This is our time. This cup will not pass from us.

I am reminded of a passage in J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

It is an exchange between Frodo the hobbit and Gandalf the wizard, and it concerns the perilous quest on which Frodo and his friends have been sent.

Frodo says: “I wish it need not have happened in my time.”

Gandalf responds: “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

It is time for us to decide what to do with the time that is given us.

If I were to speak these same words tomorrow morning, I might be subject to arrest. I could be charged under the provisions of the Framework Decision, and extradited to the country that charged me using a European Arrest Warrant, escorted by the European Gendarmerie.

This is not an imaginary scenario; it is a very real possibility.

It is true that only a few people are likely to undergo such an ordeal. But it only takes a few people.

How many people have to endure what Mr. Wilders and I are enduring before everyone else gets the message?

How many examples have to be set before the rest of the European population understands the new rules, and is cowed into submission?

And we must remember to whom they will be submitting in the end. They will be submitting to our successors in Europe. They will be submitting to our replacements.

We must remember that the word for submission in Arabic is Islam.

When there are enough Muslims living in Europe — and it doesn’t have to be a majority of the population, just somewhere around fifteen or twenty percent — we will be living under Islamic law, and not the laws that presently govern us.

We will no longer enjoy what constitutional rights remain to us now. Our rights will be completely prescribed and delimited by sharia. Women will become the virtual chattel of men. Christians and Jews will be driven out or forced to convert to Islam. Atheists and homosexuals will be killed.

The European Union would consider these words to be “hate speech”. Under the Framework Decision, they would be classified as “racism and xenophobia”, and I could be prosecuted for saying them.

But they are in fact the simple truth.

Anyone can verify them by studying history. Anyone who chooses can read the Koran and the hadith and the Sunna of the Prophet.

Widely available official treatises on Islamic law confirm that my description is not “hate speech”, but a plain and accurate reading of the tenets of Islamic law.

It has become obvious that to tell the truth about Islam is now considered “incitement to religious hatred”.

It is now clear that non-Muslims who reveal the tenets of sharia law to the public are “denigrating religious teachings”.

If we meekly accept these rules, then we are acquiescing in the imposition of sharia law in our own nations. And I, for one, will not sit silently while this happens.

I don’t want my daughter to live under sharia.

Our time is short. If you and I do not envision an Islamic future for ourselves, then we must speak out now.

If we wish to preserve the right to speak and publish freely, then we must exercise it now.

I wish this need not have happened in my time. But it has.

We must make full use of the time that remains to us.

Thank you.


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17 comments:

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Editor's Note:

Ask yourself these pertinent questions:

* Are we an enlightened class of people, or are we sheep that have been lulled to sleep by our possessions & pleasant diversions?

* Should we get off our hindquarters, printing these few pages to read again tomorrow, then photo-copy for distribution to aware friends?

* Are we energized; alerted to the 2,000 mosques & madrasssa (schools) in 50 states, that press forward with an ideology intent on impacting our infrastructure, and fundamentally changing our laws?

* Will more women become 'free speech advocates' here at home?

* With a renewed faith in the basics that gave us our exceptional set of values, can we reverse this creeping, negative invasion?

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IF Immigrating Muslims do not understand that we Americans will never give up our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights...then we have another path for them, i.e. the freedom to leave us, and return to the land of Shari'a, where they can submit to those firm restrictions that totally govern human behavior.

reb
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Anonymous said...

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STEP TWO:

Scroll to "Links Worth Your Time"
and tap 'Gates of Vienna' for additional Info...
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Anonymous said...

Within modern American society, I would say that the number of sheep exceeds the number of shepherds (perhaps loosely defined as individuals willing and able to lead or direct otherwise preoccupied individuals in an increasingly uncertain pasture). Orwell would say that the proles outnumber the party members, but the bureaucracy, elites, establishment, etc. tend to rule.

Given that we do not live in a direct democracy, I tend to suspect that some amount of complacency develops in many if not most Americans because they are not involved in the day-to-day process of developing and voting on legislation. Some people vote, some donate money to candidates or lobbying organizations, some call or write their representatives, but the actual decision-making rests in the hands of a relatively small number of people.

Jonathan from Atlanta

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Johnathan - Complacency is often found when there is an abject Ignorance of American & World History, and this Apathy can lead to Poor Judgement in choosing Leadership for this Great Republic!

That's what has happened to us when
we chose a smooth-talking, smiling
law student & community-organizer with no business, foreign affairs, or military saavy... to become our Commander-In-Chief!

What must the brass at Pentagon think?

Give an incompetent a super-majority in Congress, and it spells big trouble for you & me, and that rhymes with a capital T -
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Now, go the the left of page 1, to Recent Posts, then down to "Islamic Jihad By Any Means Available" by Andrew C. McCarthy,
the Federal Prosecutor that put the
Blind Sheikh on ice for life. This fellow is found on our link-page as...
'No-Slappz', and I know he would enjoy your comments there, too.

reb
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Anonymous said...

It is likely difficult to play an active, functional role in a process one does not understand.

As I see it, complacent individuals possess the tools and abilities needed to act but choose not to do so (or simply allow others to act in their stead). Ignorance indicates a lack of education on the issues, on the political process, etc. The need for additional education, both formal and informal, is evident.

Given the abysmal approval ratings for Congress before the midterm and the accompanying shift in the makeup of Congress forthcoming, I think, in this instance at least, our political system has a way of swinging back and forth like a pendulum and some would say rectifying itself.

As you well know, the President as Commander-in-Chief depends on the Joint Chiefs, Sec. Gates, the Pentagon, DHS, intelligence officials, etc. for timely and informed advice on military issues and matters of national security. To the best of my knowledge, many of these individuals carried over from previous administrations, so maybe not as much has changed since Jan of 2009 as some people think?

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Jonathan - Re Obama's Advisors, I would strongly disagree that there has been little change; the two most manipulating men in the administration since Jan 20, 2009 are Andrew Stern, S.E.I.U. Union Boss, and International Monster-Man George Soros. These two men represent the 'Shadow Government' (a Soros term) that fund & manipulate our House & Senate legislative process, buy the loyalty of journalists, and fund candidates in both state & national elections.

For more on Soros, go to DISCOVERTHENETWORKS.ORG that lists
159 Foundations & "Peace Groups"
receiving big bucks from Open Society Institute. Billionaires on the Left like Penny Pritzger, Peter Lewis, David Geffen, and Ms Theresa Hines Kerry (Tides Foundation} are a political reality, and none of them are "carried over from the previous administration", trust me on that!

reb
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Anonymous said...

For the record, my intent was to address the military/defense advisors rather than his group of advisors on domestic issues or any other policy area. But your point is well-taken as Pres. Bush did not make use of Soros', etc. expertise.

Following the money is especially important in today's political arena. Just today, it was reported that former VP Dick Cheney probably will be charged in Nigeria.

Everybody wants a piece of the pie.

Thanks for the link.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/02/AR2010120204195.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Anonymous said...

Jonathon - For the record, Sec. of Defense Robert Gates, Admiral Mullen & Gen. David Petraeus have served this nation well under previous administrations, and have always displayed skill and wisdom that best serve the interests of the United States.

I recall Gen. Stan McCrystal's treatment by Obama. Not good.

If one will analyse the 10 yr "no-win war" under LBJ, Field General's in Vietnam were side-lined by Defense Sec. Robert S. McNamara, and he ran that war from D.C. where the Vietnam War Failed; we had zero national interest there!

Read his apologetic book
"In Retrospect" where he said, "We were wrong, terribly wrong", and 58,000 troopers died for no discernable reason.

Now, we see it again; the Oval Office is calling the shots in another war, that needs someone with more experience to be our C.I.C.

If David Petraeus ever resigns in disgust, it will not be a huge surprise to the Pentagon. - reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

This IS an Information Website...

See Our Links-page! Today, I tapped
FrontPageMag and found this:

IRANIAN FORCE OFFICER DEFECTS

It's worth your time. - reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

EVY OF MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE!

See our Links Page..Tap Into

'Gates of Vienna' (at bottom) to -- >
their December 02 Post, "Shariah In Victoria" for your problem. Also, S/H Comment. - reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Be Advised: Here's Another Fine Link Today...

See: Thoughts of A Nationalist Indian - to -- >

Allah, Mohammad's Ventriloquit Dhimmi
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

A friend offers wisdom from his book...

"Man loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3

"In the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money; proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, having an appearance of good, but denying its power."
2, Timothy 3.

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter" - Isaiah 5
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Yes, Amillennialist! And I would add that "a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Note:

Minutes ago, I placed this S/H comment on Wexford Ireland (Rory Stafford's) BlogOfBlogs:

Rory - As You Must Know, I spend hours each day on research for my S/H Website.

If You, or any of your friends are willing to take 30 minutes to examine what I've found, and temporarily put personal biases aside,
start here:

WorldNetDaily - Whistleblowers Magazine, Dec 1, 2010 --> 'Evil Emperor' behind attacks...

(Your friends will be surprised)- reb
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P.S. On the front cover of Whistleblower Mag..it pictures the "Evil Emperor" & his Evil Empire! - reb
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Anonymous said...

Islam is racism and intolerance. The qur'an and hadith are hate speech. Anyone can clearly see this if they observe the actions of muslims.

However the left suppresses any speech or act that does not comply with its mandates. Beware of Big Brother Obama.

Europe will drown in the crime of islam.

Rex

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

On Snake-Hunters Comment Policy:

Many times we have been frustrated by 'anonymous comments', and recent comments from "Rex" is an example. Recently, he has given me a few items worth answering.
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However, unless this person gives us more detail as to his identity, his location, etc, or a blog address, future comments will be rejected. - Clear? - reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

I've just visited, moments ago, one of my favored Links; see Deb Hamilton's 'RightTruth' for a few Islamic Cartoons borrowed from the Nazi Josef Goebble's propaganda machine, plus a few originals from the Palestinian/Nazi characters.

Tap 'RightTruth' to see Mark Silinsky's item, for Islam's Hate Cartoons in...
"Tickling Islam's Funny Bone"

reb
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Anonymous said...

The fun thing, yknow, is that you posted the stuff palestinians don't show as though they are hiding it, but they declare it publically.
they are being taught to defend their country and fight Israel. the people who stole their land on 1948 I think. They say it normally so the world already knows it. that's 1.

2 - you didn't show what Israel has done. Forgetting the fact no one in this nation is a civilian. they all learn how to use weapons etc. even women.

3- the stuff you showed from ashoura for the shiite muslims, those are fobidden in the religion but people just do it. You don't know the religion so don't speak of it.
and you call others enemy and expect to have peace in the world?

peace out ~