Man Fined For Offending Muslims By Yodeling

This is political correctness gone mad.
A man in Austria was fined by a judge for yodeling while mowing his lawn because — get this — his Muslim neighbors were “offended.” They said the man’s yodeling was really a mocking mimicry of the Muslim call to prayer called muezzin, which if you recall, Obama had called “the prettiest sound in the world.”
As reported by Elad Benari of IsraelNationalNews on December 15, 2010, “Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims“:

It seems as though in Austria, the popular yodel is an insult to Muslims. 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.
The yodel is a song which is sung with an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch and makes a high-low-high-low sound. Developed in the Central Alps as a method of communication between alpine mountaineers or between alpine villages, the yodel later became part of the region’s traditional lore and musical expression. The technique is used in many cultures throughout the world and Austria is one of the countries where it is most popular.
Unfortunately for Helmut G., his neighbors were in the middle of a prayer when he started to yodel. The Kronen Zeitung reported that he was fined 800 Euros after judges ruled that he could have tried to offend his neighbors and ridicule their belief.
Helmut G. clarified that “It was not my intention to imitate or insult them. I simply started to yodel a few tunes because I was in such a good mood.”

This is what Wikipedia says about yodel:

Yodeling…is a form of singing that involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the vocal or chest register (or “chest voice”) to the falsetto/head register; making a high-low-high-low sound…. In Alpine folk music, it was developed in the Central Alps as a method of communication between alpine mountaineers or between alpine villages, with this non-musical multi-pitched “yelling” later becoming part of the region’s traditional lore and musical expression.

Here’s what yodeling sounds like:
Here’s what muezzin sounds like:
Even if the man was yodeling to mock the Muezzin, so what? Since when is mocking someone against the law? Well, it is in Austria!
God help us.
H/t beloved fellow Will.
P.S. This story sounds so preposterous, I thought I should try to verify it. Well, there is an Austrian newspaper called Kronen Zeitung, and the story is verified by the German blog Kobuk!.

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9 years ago

Good grief…next comes the thought police!

9 years ago

Which begs the question to ask Muslims…………….which came first in Austria, the yodel or the scream of the muezzin…………the yodel of course.

9 years ago

It’s so pitiful…..
Europe has been overwhelmingly bamboozled and consumed by abject terror in the face of the remote possible offense of Muslims.
I simply do not understand it, and wherever this takes hold, virulent antisemitism is merely a breath away. I used to love going to Europe, I don’t care if I ever go back again.
Pat Condell tries to explain what’s happening to the clueless Swedes. A must listen.
Please check out this video: Goodbye Sweden

9 years ago

You found some terrific videos to illustrate the story. I loved watching the Austrian yodeler in full screen mode!

9 years ago

I believe that what is needed here is a whole congregation of yodlers getting together and practise the artform, in public, in front of the courthouse, in Helmut’s neighbourhood, and anywhere else in Austria

9 years ago

Sorry to disappoint you but the story is wrong – and the article you link to from actually proves that.
The tabloid, Krone, twisted the story to match their interests. In fact the guy disturbed the muslim prayers every friday for more than a year, and not just with yodeling. Police had to come repeatedly and they eventually (not the Muslims) got him persecuted by the law. A simple case of a neighbor nobody would want to live close to.

9 years ago

I’d disturb their muslim prayers every time I got the damn chance also! what they got in mind buddy is not good. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! They need to get the hell out of places that doesn’t appreciate what they stand for. They are hell spawn. Evil and they want to take over the world. There was an article out this morning, A mother cut the heart out of her 4 month old baby girl. WTF like I said-do your homework