Dutch Court Sides with Obnoxious Priest
Remember Harm Schilder, the obnoxious douchenozzle of a priest in the small Dutch city of Tilburg. He was loudly ringing his church's bells early every weekday morning for mass prompting complaints from the neighbours and noise bylaw charges from the town. After stubborn refusal to be nice (and putting a "we're praying for you" message on the church website directed at the pissed-off neighbours), he eventually ceased ringing the bells in the face of several thousand Euros worth of charges.
And now it seems he's free to piss people off again.
According to a comment I just received on the original post (and verified elsewhere), late last year the church won its court case against the city. It seems that there is a law in the Netherlands that states that churches are allowed to make as much noise as they want when calling their congregation (”1.1.2. Excluded from determining the noise levels are […] the sound required to call one to practice their religion or life philosophy”). This state law apparently trumps local noise bylaws.
I again call all on angry Dutch people to protest this despicable human being and this archaic law by setting up a rival church right next to Fr. Schilder's house and unleashing 3:00 AM calls to prayer that would make Pearson airport sound like a Brahms lullaby.