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Europe: moving right in the name of equality

On 25 October, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said an Austrian woman’s conviction for making the link between the prophet of Islam and paedophilia didn’t breach her freedom of speech.


Specifically, she was found guilty of ‘publicly disparaging an object of veneration of a domestic church or religious society, namely Muhammed, the Prophet of Islam, in a manner capable of arousing justified indignation.’ This takes as fact that Muhammed is worthy of veneration which is problematic legally and religiously as Muhammed is not ‘worshipped’ by Muslims.