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Austrian, 63, fined £700 after Muslim neighbours claimed his yodelling mocked call to prayer

snipe 2010/12/18 03:35:30
Related Topics: Nazi, Religion, Racist, Prayer

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Allan Hall

An Austrian has been fined for yodelling while mowing his lawn because it offended his Muslim neighbours next door.

A judge decided Helmut Griese, 63, was 'ridiculing' their beliefs and fined him nearly £700.

Rather than face a protracted court case with all its attendant legal costs, Griese agreed to pay.

The
court heard how the Muslim family regarded Griese as a 'grumpy old man'
and came to view his open-air versions of the Alpine chanting as racist
asides aimed at them.

Austrian media reported how the pensioner
was accused in the court in Graz of trying to 'mock and imitate' the
call of the Muezzin.

They alleged that he always began his yodelling just as they knelt down to pray to Mecca.

'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' he told Austria‘s
Kronen newspaper.

The yodel is a song 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 mountaineers or between villages, the
yodel later became part of the region's traditional lore and musical
expression.


Accused: Helmut Griese was brought before a judge in the Austrian city of Graz and accused of mocking his neighbour's religion

Accused: Helmut Griese was brought before a judge in the Austrian city of Graz and accused of mocking his neighbour's religion



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Most westerners of a certain age know it purely through a version of a
song warbled by Julie Andrews in the classic Austrian-set musical ‘The
Sound of Music.´

The court heard how things came to a head
late in the summer when Griese was both mowing his lawn and yodelling as
the family were praying.

Police were called and it was him who was issued with a summons as tempers got heated.

He
was charged with the arcane offences of 'disparagement of religious
symbols' - usually reserved for neo-Nazis who desecrate Jewish graves -
and ‘hindering religious practice.‘



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  • sglmom 2010/12/18 05:15:24
    sglmom
    +15
    Yodelling is a TRADITION ...

    And once again .. the LACK of TOLERANCE for the Traditions, Values, Beliefs of OTHERS is SHOWING .. via the use of LEGAL JIHAD to further that agenda of PREJUDICIAL Hate.

    (The neighbors can NOT have it BOTH Ways .. it is obvious that they do NOT have any RESPECT for the Beliefs of Others nor the Traditions of the nation they are in. This is especially important since THEY (the neighbors) were also LOUDLY Disruptive .. yet .. interestingly enough -- did NOT Get Cited too.)

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  • JT For ... Walt 2010/12/18 17:26:36
    JT For Political Reform
    +4
    That is why we have become sheeple instead of people. We let everyone that shouldn't dominate us, dominate and we have to be politically correct or we get sued. It's way past time to slam our fist into the faces of organizations like ACLU and any ambulance chasing morons that are out there causing this problem. It's time for racial profiling for the good of mankind.
  • Walt JT For ... 2010/12/18 17:31:54
    Walt
    +3
    I agree that profiling should take place at airports and at immigration offices. It should be up to foreigners fitting the profile to prove they do not represent a threat, not the American public. Little old ladies, 6 year olds, and fat white, black, and Asian guys do not constitute enough of a potential threat for our security to waste time violating their privacy.
  • JT For ... Walt 2010/12/18 17:36:20
    JT For Political Reform
    +2
    right on walt!
  • sglmom 2010/12/18 05:15:24
    sglmom
    +15
    Yodelling is a TRADITION ...

    And once again .. the LACK of TOLERANCE for the Traditions, Values, Beliefs of OTHERS is SHOWING .. via the use of LEGAL JIHAD to further that agenda of PREJUDICIAL Hate.

    (The neighbors can NOT have it BOTH Ways .. it is obvious that they do NOT have any RESPECT for the Beliefs of Others nor the Traditions of the nation they are in. This is especially important since THEY (the neighbors) were also LOUDLY Disruptive .. yet .. interestingly enough -- did NOT Get Cited too.)
  • luigi1-... sglmom 2010/12/18 12:16:47 (edited)
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +4
    Yodeling must now take a back seat to a few outsiders that come there to live. All it takes is one person to be offended. That's the PC way.

    I was fined for playing country music while working as a DOD contractor in Rosenheim Germany & Salzburg Austria. A Kurdish family living next door was offended by anything American & filed a 500 EURO complaint. Even Polizei testified in my defense, music was not loud nor offensive. A few outsiders, especially Gypsies & Kurds have Germany & Austria by the throats & there is nothing that can be done about it.

    A co-worker of mine was asked to ditch his cowboy hat while we were in Berchtesgarten. Locals at Bahnhof were afraid someone would be offended.

    Germany & Austia are no longer charming countries to work or live in. They have become a Police States within a Police EU.
  • Tony luigi1-... 2010/12/18 14:37:02
    Tony
    +3
    Its ashame to say it, but where's Hitler when you need him,,,
  • sglmom luigi1-... 2010/12/18 20:16:59
    sglmom
    +2
    It is becoming that way all across the world .. (sadly).
  • luigi1-... sglmom 2010/12/18 20:37:03
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +2
    Agree. It's only a matter of time when it gets that bad, here.
  • Drew~PWCM~JLA~ 2010/12/18 05:00:11
    Drew~PWCM~JLA~
    +10
    I think the mussies need to move back to their desserts and sand. I also think the Yodeler should sue them for infringing upon his practice of his countries past time. >:D
  • Rodney 2010/12/18 04:50:45
    Rodney
    +12
    Europe has been bowing to the Muslim lunacy for a very long time. Their tactics are starting to be used here now. If we don't want to become strangers in our own land we damn well better start putting a stop to this lunacy.
  • snipe Rodney 2010/12/18 04:55:54
    snipe
    +5
    Hey Rodney. Check this out.
  • Rodney snipe 2010/12/18 05:05:24
    Rodney
    +5
    LOL, Escalades all all round for my Muslim friends.
  • snipe Rodney 2010/12/18 05:07:38
    snipe
    +3
    It was just too funny not to share.
  • Rodney snipe 2010/12/18 05:12:35
    Rodney
    +2
    It was great. Reminded me of an old GF that should have met that fate.
  • BrianLN... snipe 2010/12/18 06:22:26
  • Arizona... snipe 2010/12/18 13:48:16
    Arizona1950
    +2
    Oh too funny!! Not nice, but definitely funny! LOL
  • VirgoDNA snipe 2010/12/18 17:51:42
    VirgoDNA
    +1
    LOL! Thx! I must share this. lol
  • Tony Rodney 2010/12/18 14:44:18
    Tony
    +3
    Only answer maybe SIMPLE,,,,, elimination,,and how funny is it since obummer took office its gotten worse in this country with muslims,,
  • Rodney Tony 2010/12/18 20:22:10
    Rodney
    +2
    Lots of problems since Barry took office. Rise in racism, rise in Muslim attempts to flex their social political will upon us and economic destruction. Oh, let's not forget the class warfare.
  • miller51550 2010/12/18 04:46:18
    miller51550
    +10
    Damn, I guess next we will be killing polar bears and birds for chirping when Muslims do their prayers.

    I find it amazing that the Muslims have the right to question a natural born citizen of that country.

    They should be relocated to the FAR NORTH.. AND LET THEM PRAY TO THE POLAR BEARS..

    Damn shame that foreign nationals have more rights than a live long citizen of said country.
  • texasred 2010/12/18 04:41:20
    texasred
    +8
    What a crock of Pelosi! An Austrian that cannot yodel because he offends his Muslim neighbors. Yep... another case of political correctness run amok!!
  • postmamy 2010/12/18 04:38:32
    postmamy
    +4
    I would like to go there yodle all-day long ~~~~~~
    i'm not a bully though but this does makes me being a bully ~~~~~~~~~

  • LLL postmamy 2010/12/18 07:22:01
    LLL
    +4
    I love this...you think he's on Itunes? Who is he?
  • postmamy LLL 2010/12/18 08:25:09
    postmamy
    +2
    that is not important what is important that i can yodle too.
    important important yodle hahaha glitter
  • postmamy LLL 2010/12/18 09:09:30
    postmamy
    I would love to jump over there and doing a yodle !!!!!!!!!!!

    i think i'm enough being in a bully !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanks

    i had learn something from you today though . love jump yodle bully learn glitter of sun
  • nails LLL 2010/12/18 13:45:07
    nails
    +1
    Biggie smalls ???
  • Arizona... postmamy 2010/12/18 13:49:50
    Arizona1950
    +1
    Now that's a toe-tapper! :-)
  • Walt postmamy 2010/12/18 17:49:06
    Walt
    +2
    Only do that if you're wealthy. The Austrian court system would fine you for each occurrence and let the Muslims call out "allo-allo-wak-waks" over you while they prayed to their evil non-Christian god.
  • postmamy Walt 2010/12/18 22:58:20
    postmamy
    +1
    Don't worry !
    i don't have to ~~~~~~~~

    they can't catch me cause i'm going to appear in their dreams which is so necessary~~~~~~~~~
    worry catch dreams witch spelling
  • Mordecai Jones 2010/12/18 04:22:28 (edited)
    Mordecai Jones
    +7
    Maybe Mohammad was like the lonely goatherd -



    Tolerance will get you nothing but more grief from the people who demand tolerance.
  • Ed 2010/12/18 04:05:44
    Ed
    +5

    LOL, alrighty then here's to Allah
  • ActionJackson 2010/12/18 03:57:33
    ActionJackson
    +10
    Yodeling is a tradition in that part of the world. Step aside traditional Austrians ... it's time to make way for the onslaught of the Muslim hoards and you had better learn to like it.
  • snipe ActionJ... 2010/12/18 03:59:17
    snipe
    +6
    And coming soon to every neighborhood in America!
  • ActionJ... snipe 2010/12/18 04:02:29
    ActionJackson
    +7
    I'm gonna learn to yodel.
  • snipe ActionJ... 2010/12/18 04:08:14 (edited)
    snipe
    +4
    yodelling for dummies

    There's even a Book to help you.
  • ActionJ... snipe 2010/12/18 04:28:32
    ActionJackson
    +4
    The picture on the cover looks like Walt. Is he the teacher?
  • snipe ActionJ... 2010/12/18 04:45:11
    snipe
    +2
    LMAO. By golly it does look like Walt.
  • Ed snipe 2010/12/18 04:08:30
    Ed
    +3
    If that happens then I might just have to get myself a stack of Marshall stack marshall
    Like this
  • Gun665 2010/12/18 03:52:42
  • Walt Gun665 2010/12/18 17:50:37
    Walt
    +2
    This should be Top Comment.

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