I gotta say it...Muslim folks in Europe these days seem to be at least as easily offended as gay folks here in the U. S. of A these days. Both groups seem to be largely offended by any utterance of the word "God"...or, heaven forbid, Christ.
Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims
by Elad Benari
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.”
At this point, I think it's already plain that I eschew nonsensical political correctness for any reason whatsoever...so maybe it'll help if I apologize in advance: PARDON ME IF I HURT YOUR FEELINGS SOMEHOW! BUT GUESS WHAT? IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT I HATE YOU.
Question: What is the moral of this story?