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ACT! Chapter leader in Austria who had her freedom of speech violated meets with American Congressional delegation in Vienna

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff's freedom of speech was taken away by a recent decision in the Austrian Supreme Court. Her next step is the European Court of Human Rights.

“We don’t want this to happen in the USA,” said Rep. Bachmann. “Every American citizen has the right to express themselves. Everyone should have the security to speak.

“We are proud of you. You are a brave and unique person. God has given you a special gift to speak out.”

After the meeting, Rep. Bachmann told Elisabeth that meeting with her had been the highlight of her visit to Vienna. Then Elisabeth walked the American delegation to their next meeting with Austrian MPs.

Rep. Gohmert and the other congressmen said they were appalled by the decision and were anxious to discuss the case with their Austrian counterparts.

Representatives Michele Bachmann (MN), Louie Gohmert (TX), Robert Pittenger (NC), and Steve King (IA) were present for the meeting.

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The East London Mosque/London Muslim Centre is known for its connections with jihadist
recruitment and hate preaching. (Image source: Danny Robinson/WikiMedia Commons)

"We need to realise that some institutions have wanted to get rid of radicalisers but have not had the means to do so -- so we want to help Islamic centres and mosques to expel the extremists." — UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

The state aims to "restrain dissenting voices and clamp down on normative Islamic belief." — Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

The British authorities, in a ministerial declaration by Home Secretary Theresa May, have announced new government measures to curb hate preaching by Islamist radicals. Deterrent actions were enumerated on December 4 in an official document entitled, "Tackling Extremism in the UK: report from the Prime Minister's task force on tackling radicalisation and extremism."

BBC News, in an unsigned report also posted December 4, under the headline: "Theresa May to 'address gaps' in anti-extremism powers," described the government strategy as including provisions for "Muslim chaplains… trained to challenge extremist Islamic views on university campuses."

Home Secretary May further said the program could include judicial orders banning radical groups; intervention with internet providers to stop extremist materials from reaching the public, and the encouragement of public complaints about such internet content.

According to the same BBC News article, the recommendations were produced by "a taskforce on extremism... set up after the killing of soldier Lee Rigby," slain in London on May 22.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged with the Rigby crime and are now on trial, but deny guilt. Described in the London Guardian on December 9, by Esther Addley and Josh Halliday, in a dispatch entitled "Lee Rigby trial: Adebolajo admits killing but says he was obeying Allah," Adebolajo admitted that he killed and attempted to decapitate Rigby, a British soldier run over by a car before the assault on him. The two men are charged with hitting the victim with the car and then striking him with a meat cleaver and knife.

The Guardian, however, stated in the same article, that Adebolajo said he had acted as a "soldier of Allah," and was therefore free of the accusation of "murder" for his act. According to the Islamist militant, the unprovoked death of Rigby was a "mission" in an "ongoing war" and could not be considered a crime. Adebolajo also declared that he "loved" Al-Qaida, the members of which he called "my brothers. I've never met them but I love them. I consider them my brothers in Islam."

As reported by Cahal Milmo and Oliver Duggan of the London Independent on May 24, in an article entitled, "Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo: The two polite young men that met at university who would become known as the bloodied Woolwich murder suspects," the pair are both British-born, but of Nigerian Christian descent; they became Muslim as adults.

The Guardian on May 23, in an investigative feature headed, "Woolwich attack suspect identified as Michael Adebolajo," with the bylines of Sandra Laville, Peter Walker and Vikram Dodd, disclosed that Adebolajo and Adebowale both studied at Greenwich University in 2004-05. Adebolajo had "attended meetings" of Al-Muhajiroun, an extremist group banned by the British state in 2010.

The same report also revealed that the Adebolajo and Adebowale "featured in counter-terrorism investigations over the last eight years." But, according to the newspaper, it was "understood that, while they were known to the police and security services, they were considered peripheral figures among the many extremists whose activities cross the radar of investigators."

BBC News, in an earlier unsigned report, "Islam4UK Islamist group banned under terror laws," on the prohibition of Al-Muhajiroun, posted on January 12, 2010, when the ruling was announced, said that Al-Muhajiroun had adopted a new title: "Islam 4UK." The name-changing Islamists, however, were shut down under Britain's 2000 Terrorism Act.

In the context of previous lax policies toward men such as Adebolajo and Adebowale, their shared university experience, and the role of Al-Muhajiroun, the UK government task force was formed to "close gaps" in the official British response to radical Islam. The new government plan includes strengthening the powers of the UK Charity Commission, which regulates religious and other charities, to stop hateful preaching, according to BBC News.

The same BBC News account stated, "There will be a public consultation on some of [the government's] recommendations, including whether the home secretary should have new powers to ban groups which preach hatred – if that is what the police advise. And the government will consult on whether people who attempt to spread extremist views should be banned from getting in touch with those who they are seeking to radicalise and whether they should be prevented from entering certain premises, such as schools or colleges."

In contrast to the U.S., where hate preachers and radical ideologues can appeal to the constitutional protection of free speech, Britain has hate-speech laws that treat radical indoctrination and organizing as incitement to terrorism.

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Gatestone Institute
Irfan Al-Alawi
December 18, 2013


ACT! for America editor's note: Even before the ruling, one event organisers' security tried to physically remove members of the audience who would not comply. Female students have been forced to sit in the rear, were banned from speaking at events, and were forced to write their questions down while the men were able to ask their questions of the speaker directly. Research has shown that 46 events explicitly promoted gender segregation and 180 radical imams have spoken at UK universities in just the short period between March 2012 - March 2013.

By Channel 4

Campaigners are targeting Universities UK (UUK) offices in Tavistock Square, London, after the organisation published a report last month saying universities could segregate by gender during talks from external speakers.

In the report, UUK claimed that universities faced a complex balance of promoting freedom of speech without breaking equality and discrimination laws.

The report presented some hypothetical case studies which come up on campuses, including whether a speaker from an ultra-orthodox religious group requests an audience is segregated by gender.


Chris Moos, a PhD student at the London School of Economics, who is attending the protest, told Channel 4 News: "What we want to achieve is for Universities UK to immediately rescind their guidelines condoning gender segregation, and issue guidelines that clearly lay out that any kind of segregation, whether under racist, cultural, religious, nationalistic or sexist pretences, is wrong and has no place in the public space."

Erin Marie Saltman, research project officer at Quilliam and PhD researcher at UCL (University College London), told Channel 4 News: "This is a bigger issue of racism of lower expectations, of avoidance.

"There is a fear of offending the Muslim community but there are a lot of modern Muslims that would never allow gender segregation."


In a statement, UUK said: "The guidance was approved by senior legal counsel as properly reflecting the law. It is not prescriptive. Universities are independent institutions and will make decisions on a case by case basis.

"The guidance does not promote gender segregation. It includes a hypothetical case study involving an external speaker talking about his orthodox religious faith who had requested segregated seating areas for men and women.

"The case study considered the facts, the relevant law and the questions that the university should ask, and concluded that if neither women nor men were disadvantaged and a non-segregated seating area also provided, a university could decide it is appropriate to agree to the request.

"It is very hard to see any university agreeing to a request for segregation that was not voluntary and did not have the broad support of those attending. As the guidance explains, there may be many other reasons why a university might refuse a request for segregation."


Jo Attwooll, policy adviser at the organisation, added: "The case studies themselves have been designed around some of the bigger issues that people highlighted.

"In relation to segregation there have been a few publicised cases where segregation has either been requested or has actually happened.

“There was a recent one at UCL where the speaker wanted there to be enforced segregation.

"What that case demonstrated was the need to be clear when you're making external speaker bookings around what the environment will be for that speaker to be given a platform. In that case it only became apparent when the speaker turned up that was what the speaker wanted and the university then took very strong action."


According to the protest Facebook group, the demo has been organised after 8,000 people signed a petition against the guidelines.

Maryam Namazie, spokesperson of One Law for All and Fitnah, Movement for Women’s Liberation, said: "Today, International Human Rights Day, we rally outside of the office of Universities UK to condemn their endorsement of segregation of the sexes.

"Their new guidance to universities on external speakers states that the segregation of the sexes at universities is not discriminatory as long as both men and women are segregated side by side rather than women being made to sit in the back.

"Would racial apartheid have been non-discriminatory if white and black people had been segregated in the same manner? In fact that is the very argument the apartheid regime of South Africa used when faced with criticism: separate but equal."


Earlier this year, a student equality group claimed that preaching by extremists and discrimination through segregation at student events has become a "widespread" trend at many UK universities.

Student Rights, which carried out the research, found that radical imams spoke at 180 events at universities including Cardiff and UCL between March 2012 and March 2013.

Segregated seating for men and women was promoted or implied at more than a quarter of the events, at 21 separate institutions.

Among the events highlighted in the Student Rights report was a gender-segregated event at UCL on 9 March.

Segregation policy

The lecture, Islam vs Atheism, was organised by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), and pitted writer Hamza Tzortzis against Prof Laurence Krauss in a debate.

The IERA suggested a sexual segregation policy, and it was enforced at the event.

Men and women had separate entrances - although couples were allowed to enter together - and segregated seating. Organisers' security tried to physically remove members of the audience who would not comply, Student Rights said.

A UCL spokesman said that the institution does not permit segregation at meetings and the university has a "clear policy" of allowing speakers on campus freely, as long as they remain within the law.



Asylum seeker Mohammad Salem Nazari to appear in court charged with sex attacks in Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

AN Afghan asylum seeker who has been in Australia for less than six months has had his bridging visa revoked after being accused of groping a group of teenage girls at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Mohammad Salem Nazari, 33, is accused of indecently assaulting seven girls in the Rapid River Ride whirlpool at the popular swimming pool in a 25-minute period after 4pm on Sunday.

Nazari, who was living in a Parramatta unit and is from the Hazara ethnic group in Afghanistan, is the 31st asylum seeker facing criminal charges to have his bridging visa cancelled under tough new rules announced by the Coalition government in October.

The girls reported the alleged groping to pool security and after police reviewed CCTV footage, Nazari was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station.

Nazari is facing five counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age for five girls, two aged 14 and three 15, which carries a maximum 10-year jail term.

He also faces two counts of assault with an act of indecency for two 18-year-olds, which carries a five-year maximum term.

His Legal Aid lawyer Peter Allport told Burwood Local Court yesterday his client spoke no English and required a Dari interpreter. Dari is a Persian language spoken in Afghanistan, one of the country's two official languages.

The case was adjourned until tomorrow so an interpreter could be present and Nazari was refused bail.

Immigration staff interviewed Nazari yesterday while he was in custody. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's office confirmed Nazari's visa had been cancelled and court papers said he was the "subject of an immigration hold" should he be granted bail.

This would mean if he is granted bail by the court he would go into immigration detention while the case is heard as he has no visa to live in the community.


ACT! update: Nazari is accused of grabbing the girls around the waist, touching their thighs, bottoms and breasts over a span of 25 minutes. He is now claiming it was an "accident" because he is a poor swimmer.


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