Monday, December 20, 2010

Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims

Tevet 8, 5771, 15 December 10 05:12
by Elad Benari

( 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.”


Joshua Schwisow said...

Yodeling offends me too! Though, for different reasons. While this story is actually pretty hilarious, it is also quite serious. Muslim intimidation has made a serious impact on Europe. Most of Europe is essentially converted to Islam in the sense that they sanction it and protect its rights.

Katie said...

LOL! Come on Josh, you don't enjoy a good yodel every now and then?

Yeah it's completely ridiculous--but really what else can we expect when Europe as a whole has turned away from God's face and no longer follows in his commandments? Same for the US and many other places in the world...