Oct 15 2011
GREAT NEWS! Right-wing Austrian politician exonerated of incitement for creating 'Bye Bye Mosque,' an anti-Muslim computer game
Freedom Party deputy Gerhard Kurzmann used the game in his campaign for governor (sadly unsuccessful). Players of ‘Bye-bye, Mosque’ had to shoot down Muslims and mosques as they emerged in the scene. Judicial authorities forced the Freedom Party to take down the game and Mr Kurzmann was later charged with inciting religious hatred and defaming a religion.
BBC On Friday a court in Graz cleared Kurzmann of the charges for which he faced up to two years in prison. “It did not reach the threshold of incitement and I would also say this was not the intention,” Judge Christoph Lichtenberg said, in remarks carried by the national APA news agency.
The prosecution said it would lodge an appeal. The Freedom Party said the ruling showed that “the question of whether mosque-building should be banned is being discussed all over Europe and that it is a completely legitimate debate”, Reuters news agency reported. Less than 2% of Styria’s population is Muslim and the province has no mosques with visible minarets, APA said.
The Freedom Party is Austria’s biggest opposition party. It argues for Islamic face veils and mosques with minarets to be banned.
Link to game: call-of-muezzin.info