Tuesday, December 07, 2010
...that they are offended by yodeling.
Stories like this usefully remind us that even social democratic European countries are not free in the same way that the United States are. So far.
I'm sure the ass was yodeling loudly and in the most irritating way he could to get a reaction from his Muslim neighbors. Christians would probably be equally ticked off if a Muslim neighbor insisted on wailing in Arabic during prayer hour.
Nothing to do with Euro "freedom" - that's a fabrication - but everything to do with common civility.
You've simply invented facts and applied them to the story to make the Austrian 'guilty.' *That's* a fabrication.
"judges ruled he could have tried to offend them and ridicule their belief."
Also, if I go yodel in my front yard and annoy you here in the US, it's perfectly legal. Even if I yodeled about how my religion is better than yours or mangled the muezzin, that expression is protected (unless I'm SO loud, it's a breach of peace or something... but that has nothing to do with what is being said).
So yes, this has everything to do with 'European freedom' v. American.
I'm sure the ass was yodeling loudly and in the most irritating way he could to get a reaction.... Nothing to do with Euro "freedom" - that's a fabrication - but everything to do with common civility.
When government criminalizes incivility; its definition of incivility, yet; and on mere possibilities, not actual deeds; it has everything to do with freedom.
Apparently some have no conception of liberty.
At the risk of invoking Godwin's Law,...
This "goes along to get along" attitude seems similar to the German public indifference shown as the National Socialists took over in the 20's and 30's.
Some kind of cultural suicide pact?