Monday 29 October 2018
In Austria, a woman must pay a fine to say that the Prophet Muhammad was pedophile. The European Human Rights Court supports the verdict, Islam Net jubilees.
A blow to freedom of expression
Others are more critical. Advocate Vidar Strømme believes the sentence lowers the threshold for punishment against citizens who appear blasphemically.
“This is a blow to freedom of speech,” says Strømme to NRK.
The woman claimed that marriage showed that Muhammad was pedophile. She later received a fine of 480 euros plus costs for having come up with decreasing statements about religious teachings.
My comment on this:
Judgment is a blow to freedom of speech, A man marrying a 9-year-old can be called a pedophile of Western traditions. It is even so that Mohammad curtisied Aisha already when she was 6 years old. In Islamic writings, her name is so often prefixed by the title “the mother of believers”
The majority of traditional hadith sources indicate that Aisha was married to Muhammad at the age of six or seven, but she lived in the parents’ home for nine years, or ten according to Ibn Hisham, when the marriage was completed with Muhammad, when 53, in Medina
Sira of Ibn Ishaq edited by Ibn Hisham, says she was nine or ten years old at birth. The historian al-Tabari also says she was nine.
So we can surely conclude that the freedom to express itself has narrowed. Facebook has closed a bunch of pages critical of Islam. I was banned by Facebook for three days to refer to the embracing of the Third Kingdom in Islam and its consensus in the Balkans.
We shall not “bully” Islam uncritically and without foundation. But history is not to be hidden, nor is it going to be our traditions. We must be able to tell the story without being bullied by a minority. The story is there and is documented by Muslims.
Should we face this “multicultural” crush, which gives only limitations and deprives us of expressions?