Germany: Six Months Hard Time for Criticizing Radical Islam
Leading German Islam critic Michael Stürzenberger was sentenced to six months in prison for criticizing Islam. The outspoken activist vowed to appeal and to keep fighting.
Michael Stürzenberger became an Islam critic after the 2008 Mumbai Massacre, when his colleague and TV producer Ralph Burkei was killed after jumping from a hotel window in the Taj Mahal Hotel, along with 165 other victims. Stürzenberger has since evolved into the most prominent critic of what he calls “political Islam” in Germany, on a par with Tommy Robinson in UK, with whom he has appeared several times at PEGIDA rallies in Dresden.
Along with former Al-Qaida member turned Islam critic Irfan Peci, Stürzenberger has been holding soapbox-style rallies in German cities to inform about the dangers of radical Islam, in which he bravely engages in public debate with all comers, and is routinely insulted, threatened and even attacked by Muslims trying to prove they represent “the Religion of Peace”.
On August 20, unknown assailants threw objects at Stürzenberger in the industrial town of Gladbeck, hitting a handicapped woman on the head. When Stürzenberger gave chase, he was also hit on the head by a thrown object and knocked down.
Stürzenberger’s speeches are exceedingly well-researched and rely on authentic quotes from the Koran. He always makes very clear he is not attacking “all Muslims,” but merely criticizing “political Islam,” which seeks to infiltrate and usurp Western societies.
Nonetheless, activist judges and leftist prosecutors keep trying to find a way to shut Stürzenberger up and abolish free speech where Islam is concerned. The verdicts border on the ridiculous:
In August 2017, a court in Munich sentenced him to prison for showing a photo criticizing the anti-semitic alliance between Hitler and the Mufti of Jerusalem, because the photo featured a swastika. The obviously scandalous verdict was struck down on appeal December 8, 2017.
In July 2019, Stürzenberger was fined €1800 in Fürth for covering the license plate of a van used at a rally (he is routinely stalked by Antifa and threatened by angry Muslims). The ridiculous sentence was later struck down.
Since Stürzenberger and Peci launched on their Germany tour 2022, the authorities have been doing everything they can to stop them. In March he was given a suspended sentence in Augsburg for “triggering negative emotions” by criticizing Islamic terror and anti-semitism. Stürzenberger is appealing the sentence.
Now, the Hamburg court has gone a step further and actually wants to put Germany’s leading Islam critic behind bars for 6 months, where his life will be in grave danger due to the high number of Muslims in German prisons, for the crime of “Inciting Hatred”, Stürzenberger reported on PI News.
Speaking to Gateway Pundit today, Stürzenberger described how Judge Engel had seemed to listen reasonably to their arguments, then returned after 5 minutes of deliberation with a vitriolic harangue that accused Stürzenberger of inspiring hate against Muslims. “It was like he got a phone call in chambers that prompted him to completely change character”, Stürzenberger said.”I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Stürzenberger is very worried he will actually be sent to prison now, which he very possibly would not survive. He and his attorney Hendrik Schnelle will appeal the verdict. “Pax Europa Movement” is collecting donations.
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