At the request of US Representative Michele Bachmann (photo right) from Minnesota, Austrian Islam critic Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (photo center) met with a delegation of representatives from the House of Representatives Thursday in Vienna. In addition to Bachmann, Louie Gohmert (left) from Texas, Robert Pittender from North Carolina and Steve King from Iowa also took part in the meeting.
The private meeting took place in a Vienna coffeehouse. The delegation listened intently to explanations about Sabaditsch-Wolff’s legal debates over Viennese coffee, Sachertorte and Apple Strudel.
Bachmann appeared especially concerned about the recently rendered decision by the highest court, which did not allow the renewed motion. “We don’t want something like this to happen in the United States,” Bachmann said. “Every citizen has the right to free speech and each one should have the assurance of being able to say anything.” Furthermore, regarding Sabaditsch-Wolff: “We are proud of her. She is a courageous and unique personality. God has given you a special gift: Saying what is important.”
Louie Gohmert and the other representatives showed disappointment over the court decision. After the meeting, Bachman said that the meeting with Sabaditsch-Wolff was the high point of her Vienna visit. Afterwards, Sabaditsch-Wolff accompanied the delegation to her next appointment with Austrian representatives. The Americans stated that they were anxious to discuss the Sabaditsch-Wolff case with their congressional counterparts.
(Source: Gates of Vienna)