Muhammad, Free Speech and the European Court of Human Right.

Just recently, a EUROPEAN court has ruled insulting religion is a criminal offence after a woman who is identified as called Mrs S, called the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed a paedophile had her conviction upheld.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Mrs S, was convicted by a lower court in Vienna for disparaging religious doctrines and was ordered to pay a 480 euros, that is about $546 as fine plus legal fees. Even though she appealed, her case was thrown out by the Court of Appeal in the Austrian capital as well as the country’s Supreme Court. The rulings can be read and download here.

Mrs S, who is actually 47-year-old from Vienna was reported to have held seminars where she made the comments while debating the marriage between Mohammed and Aisha, a six-year-old girl. Aisha according to Islamic history is one and the favourite of the Prophet’s wives, she was 6 year old when Muhammad married her.

Mrs S in one of her seminars was reported to have said: “A 56-year-old and a six-year-old? What do we call it, if it is not paedophilia?” She was also quoted to have said Muhammed “liked to do it with children”. She was actually convicted for insulting Muhammad in February 2011 by the Vienna Regional Criminal Court and the ECHR recently upheld their decision. More