All of this is, needless to say, disgraceful. But the question I’m interested in here is the following one: how much attention did this disgraceful episode – this landmark event in the history of modern European jurisprudence – receive in the Western media?
Well, the Austrian press covered it pretty extensively. A statement by Geert Wilders was widely disseminated. A number of blogs were all over the story. But, with the exception of a syndicated Diana West column entitled “A New Silent Night Descends on Austria,” a series of Google searches didn’t turn up a single report on Sabaditsch-Wolff’s appeals verdict in any newspaper in the Western world – certainly not any major one. A search on the New York Times website for any mention of Sabaditsch-Wolff since 1981 yielded the following strangely chilling sentence: “Your search for Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in all fields returned 0 results.”
What about Lars Hedegaard, who has been undergoing similar judicial persecution in Denmark for statements he made about Islam at his kitchen table? What kind of coverage has the Times given his case? Exactly the same: absolutely none.
(Needless to say, Geert Wilders, who was hauled into court in the Netherlands for speaking the truth about Islam, has received considerable attention in the U.S. – though the media almost invariably portray him not as a victim of persecution but a perpetrator of it.)
Let’s sum up, then. Whether motivated by fear, ignorance, multicultural convictions, or all three, editors at the New York Times – in lockstep with their colleagues at other mainstream news media – seek out contributors who they know will wring their hands over thoroughly imaginary threats to American Muslims’ religious freedom and over Americans’ purportedly unfounded concerns about the spread of Islamic law. Meanwhile these same editors – again in lockstep with their colleagues elsewhere – turn a blind eye to the fact that in one Western courtroom after another, judges are, in fact, negating fundamental democratic rights and applying the principles of sharia.
To any objective observer, the situation is clear: it’s not Islam but free speech about Islam that’s in danger in the Western world today. And newspapers like the Times – by routinely turning this reality upside-down and spreading lies – are effectively collaborating in the punishment of brave people for speaking the truth.
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