An Austrian pensioner has been fined €800 for yodelling whilst mowing his grass in the town of Graz.
Unfortunately for the elderly Austrian chap, his activities happened to coincide with Friday prayers - his neighbours were trying to listen to the muezzin.
Naturally, instead of simply ignoring him or having a polite word, they called in the police - and the Austrian was dragged off to court.
The Muslim complainants, paranoid to the last, accused him of mocking them by trying to imitate their muezzin (as apparently yodelling sounds similar):
"The complaint boiled down to the fact that my yodeling resembled their muezzin. But it wasn't my intention at all to imitate him," the perplexed man told Australian newspaper Krone Zeitung Saturday.There is so much wrong here it's hard to know where to start. The fine seems an incredibly hefty amount, even if one agrees with it ending up in court - which of course it should never have done. If my neighbour is whistling and mowing the grass whilst I'm listening to the radio in my garden, am I entitled to call the police? It's simply ludicrous.
The pattern fits; the Austrians have to change their lives and culture to suit the Muslims. What if the elderly man had decided he was disturbed by the muezzin?
Of course that would be a legitimate complaint for many reasons, but if it had been made it would have been dismissed out of hand at best or led to accusations of racism.
The Muslims of Austria are emboldened by such crawling; in August this year, the leader of Austria's Muslims had the following to say:
In an interview with the Austria Press Agency published Sunday, the head of the country's Islamic community, Anas Shakfeh, said he wished to see a mosque with a minaret in each of Austria's nine provincial capitals.Presumably the streets of said cities will have to be cleared at certain times, lest the poor dears be offended by passing infidels as they prostrate themselves before Allah.
"That's my hope for the future," he said. "In the long term, one cannot prevent people from exercising their true religious freedom, which is protected by the constitution."
The question is, how long will Austrians prostrate themselves before Muslims? Given what's being done to Elsiabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, I'm guessing for a long time yet.