Infidels Are Cool quotes the entire (very short) news article, so I have no qualms about doing the same here. Just click on the link if you don't believe me:
An Austrian has been fined for yodelling while mowing his lawn, according to a report.
The Kronen Zeitung newspaper claims Helmut G. was told by a court in Graz, Styria, that his yodelling offended his next-door Muslim neighbours.
The men reportedly accused the 63-year-old of having tried to mock and imitate the call of the Muezzin. The daily paper writes the Austrian was fined 800 Euros after judges ruled he could have tried to offend them and ridicule their belief. The Muslims, whose nationalities were not revealed by the report, were right in the middle of a prayer when the Austrian started to yodel.
"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" the man told the newspaper today (Mon).
Interesting. I mean, my mom got fined once when I was a kid for mowing the lawn in a red thong bikini. But hey, I sing while I'm vacuuming, or blow drying my hair, or driving on the interstate (although I have to make sure the cruise control is on in case I get too excited)—any place where it's loud already. Why not while mowing the lawn?
I can think of only one time when the cops were called on us (Christians) for religious singing out in public. But I think if someone came up and started singing some random song (has happened, twice), we wouldn't be that offended. We'd probably welcome them in. Would we call the cops on that guy? Uhm, no, I mean, unless they were guilty of public intoxication or stripping or making a scene. Actually, there was this one time we actually made some guy's made-up song a part of our worship service. Did you hear that? If some random dude interrupted our religious thingy by yodeling and dancing, we would probably start yodeling and dancing too. Mostly, we're worried of it being the other way around, although thankfully, people generally leave us alone.
Personally, I think if my neighbor was yodeling, I might think they were making fun of someone or something. Yodeling just sounds funny. Get over it. But then, I'm not from Austria. The only time I've ever heard yodeling was here:
But remember: Muslims aren't judgmental. They're just "overly sensitive."