Alf Poier will replace parts of the controverse lyrics of this song Good old Europe is dying with silence as a reaction to reproaches of being anti-Islamic. “Because of some unjustified misunderstandings I decided to replace said lyrics with Buddhistic silence”, Alf said. “Talking is silence, silver is gold.”
Tarafa Baghajati, vice president of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), had criticized some lines in Alf Poiers song (“…because Mohamed braids so well, soon the muezzin will sing in Rome”) as anti-Islamic. Baghajati said he is glad that Poier took his concerns serious.
Poier, who finished sixth at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, is one of five contestants of this year's Austrian preselection song.null.fünf, which takes place 25 February (21:05 CET). His competitors are Jade Davies, Marque, Global Kryner and Mystic Alpin.