Thursday, February 17, 2011

Austrian Woman Convicted of Blasphemy

According to reports, a woman has been convicted under a provision of the Austrian penal code that prohibits "vilifying religious teachings" for statements made during a lecture in which she allegedly intimated that the prophet Muhammed was a "pedophile" for having married and consummated a relationship with a child bride. The court fined the woman 480 Euros, and she plans to appeal. See Volokh Conspiracy and The Corner for more.

UPDATE (Jan. 18, 2012): The defendant, an activist named Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, lost her appeal before the Provincial Appellate Court in Vienna. Sabaditsch-Wolff has said she will further appeal to the European Court for Human Rights. A lengthy post with full details is on Volokh Conspiracy.

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