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January 14, 2008
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Two days ago the Freedom Party (FPOE), a political party which is against foreigners, immigrants and refugees in Austria, launched a sweeping attack against Islam and Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Susanne Winter / FPOESusanne Winter, a member of the Freedom Party from the Austrian city of Graz, the capital of the federal province of Steiermark (Styria), accused the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during a meeting of her party of being a child abuser. She based her accusations on her marriage with “a child of 6 years of age”. She was referring to Aisha bint Abi Bakr Al Sadiq (God gave him approval). Winter said that his marriage with this child is considered under the Austrian system as sexual abuse against children. Winter also said that when the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) write the Koran he was suffering attacks of epilepsy.

Winter added to her accusations against Muslims and said that “a widespread culture of sexual abuse” exists among the men of the Muslim society.

Her declarations caused widespread anger and condemnations from all parts of Austria society: Muslims, all other Austrian political parties, priests, the church, and even from member of her own party. The governor of Steiermark apologized to the Muslim community; the office of the prosecutor in Graz initiated investigations against Winter for Incitement, according to paragraph 283 of ther Austrian penal code. The head of the FPOE fraction in the city council of Graz renounced her position in protest against the declarations of Winter.

Islam is an official religion in Austria since 1906, and the Muslim community traditionally enjoys good relations with the government and with all sectors of society; cordialities are exchanged with government officials during religious occasions, and representants from the Muslim community are invited to take part in official occasions. Austria is a quite country, and in fact the condemnations coming from the other parts of society were far stronger than the reactions from various representatives from Muslim communities in the country, who unanimously called for moderation.

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