A middle school teacher allegedly referred to Mohammed as child molester in front of her pupils. The prosecution was informed; the provincial education department now awaits the investigation.
A Bregenzer teacher is said to have described the founder of Islam as a child molester in front of her students. “Yes, there is this allegation against a teacher,” the provincial educational counsellor Bernadette Mennel confirms the corresponding complaint. The education department had immediately forwarded the case to the prosecutor.
The accusation that Muhammad was a child molester is not new. It refers to Mohammed’s third wife Aisha bint Abu Bakr.
However, stating this in any Islamic country will result in the death penalty according to Islamic blasphemy laws, which criminalize “offensive speech” against the Qur’an, Allah, and Muhammad. Seventy percent of Middle Eastern and North African countries, 31 percent of countries in the Americas, and 16 percent of European countries criminalize blasphemy.
While the word “blasphemy” is not written in the Qur’an, blasphemous acts and the punishment they deserve are defined. Any “offensive” speech against Islam is illegal, which is why unarmed civilians are consistently murdered.
But Austria is not an Islamic country. Factually stating that a middle-aged man married a six year-old and had sexual intercourse with her when she was 9 years old, and until she was 18 years old, describes the act of a pedophile and child molester. This is illegal in Austria. It is illegal in most of the Western world. Teachers are expected to teach facts and to protect children. Yet in Austria, this teacher is being punished for doing both.
In the Middle Ages, neither in the East nor in Europe the marriage of underage women for political purposes was unusual. Nowadays, child marriage is illegal in almost all countries of the world, but is still practiced, especially among poorer families in the Arab world, and India. In 2009, because of comparable statements, FPÖ Member of Parliament Susanne Winter was convicted of incitement of the people (Volksverhetzung).