A Flawed European Ruling on Free Speech


The European Court of Human Rights invoked “religious peace” as a reason to limit criticisms of the Prophet Muhammad.

  • Simon Cottee
  • The Atlantic

According to dominant Islamic traditions, the Prophet Muhammad’s third wife Aisha was six years old at their marriage and nine at its consummation.

Muslims, as Graeme Wood has pointed out, have debated the issue of Aisha’s age for a very long time, and critics of Islam seemingly can’t keep off the subject.

In the fall of 2009, a woman referred to as E.S., a 47-year-old Austrian national, convened two seminars offering “Basic Information on Islam” at the…

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