Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims

Just one of the most absurd stories to come toward the end of 2010. This could be a case of political correctness gone berserk, or completely appropriate. One thing is certain, free speech is an issue.

 An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn, according to a report in The Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

The citizen, 63-year-old Helmut G., was told by the court that his yodeling offended his next-door Muslim neighbors, who accused him of trying to mock and imitate the call of the Muezzin.
In Muslim tradition, the Muezzin is the chosen person at a mosque who leads the call to prayer at Friday services and the five daily times for prayer from one of the mosque’s minarets.

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