Sunday, November 29, 2009

Swiss Vote To Ban Mosque Minarets

Have the Swiss finally found their long missing backbone. It seems maybe they have, although liberal political leaders in that country oppose this ban which is clearly the supported by the general public. Sound familiar doesn't it. Recent polls had show that this measure would fail, but on election day the Swiss voted overwhelmingly to ban the construction of future mosque minarets. The people have spoken and the progressive political parties in Switzerland have suffered a stunning defeat. It does seem that when the man on the street gets to vote the outcome is often very different than that when only the politicians vote. Congratulations Switzerland for coming out of the stupor of political correctness and seeing the onrushing threat of Islam.
Swiss Vote to Ban Mosque Minarets By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS,
Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.
Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as biased and anti-Islamic. Business groups said the decision hurt Switzerland's international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.

Campaign posters from a right-wing Swiss party depict minarets as missiles.

"The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights," said Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria, which said its reaction was "grief and deep disappointment."
About 300 people turned out for a spontaneous demonstration on the square outside parliament, holding up signs saying, "That is not my Switzerland," placing candles in front of a model of a minaret and making another minaret shape out of the candles themselves.
"We're sorry," said another sign. A young woman pinned to her jacket a piece of paper saying, "Swiss passport for sale."
Skip over this content The referendum by the nationalist Swiss People's Party labeled minarets as symbols of rising Muslim political power that could one day transform Switzerland into an Islamic nation. The initiative was approved 57.5 to 42.5 percent by some 2.67 million voters. Only four of the 26 cantons or states opposed the initiative, granting the double approval that makes it part of the Swiss constitution.
Muslims comprise about 6 percent of Switzerland's 7.5 million people. Many are refugees from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and about one in 10 actively practices their religion, the government says.
The country's four standing minarets, which won't be affected by the ban, do not traditionally broadcast the call to prayer outside their own buildings.
The sponsors of the initiative provoked complaints of bias from local officials and human-rights group with campaign posters that showed minarets rising like missiles from the Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman. Backers said the growing Muslim population was straining the country "because Muslims don't just practice religion."
"The minaret is a sign of political power and demand, comparable with whole-body covering by the burqa, tolerance of forced marriage and genital mutilation of girls," the sponsors said. They said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared mosques to Islam's military barracks and called "the minarets our bayonets." Erdogan made the comment in citing an Islamic poem many years before he became prime minister.
Anxieties about growing Muslim minorities have rippled across Europe in recent years, leading to legal changes in some countries. There have been French moves to ban the full-length body covering known as the burqa. Some German states have introduced bans on head scarves for Muslim women teaching in public schools. Mosques and minaret construction projects in Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Germany and Slovenia have been met by protests.
But the Swiss ban in minarets, sponsored by the country's largest political party, was one of the most extreme reactions. read more from AOL News


PatriotUSA said...

This is not an extreme action
when one considers the history of Islam and how it is
perverted by violence and persecution. This, I
hope is just the start of a larger
movement to confront Islam head
on. Perhaps extreme for the Swiss
and bravo to them for doing this.
It will be very interesting to
watch the reaction of Islam and Muslims worldwide.

MathewK said...

I too am glad to see the push-back has started, however small it is.

This is a good sign too and a warning to the non-west, you see unlike in the non-west where commoners rising up doesn't mean much, in the west where free men and women choose their leaders, it means the difference between survival and the end.

Islam may have made a lot of in-roads into the west, but we don't need too many of us to take a stand to keep them at bay.

Ron Russell said...

As the very old saying states, "the longest journey begins with the first step", and as Churchhill said after the air battles over Britian ended in WWII, "this is not the end or even the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning", The Brits do have a way with the kings english. It amazes me that the progressives in Switzerland are already looking for the courts to overturn a popular vote of the people and I predict that will happen. I've seen this happen many times in this country and its a shame that a few in black robes can thwart the will of the majority.

Snarky Basterd said...

Honduras goes for freedom, the Swiss fight back against Mooslems, and we march left of Cuba. These are strange times, my friend.

Right Truth said...

May we follow their lead.

Right Truth

TexasFred said...

It's not the minarets that need to go, it's the Mosques UNDER them, and the occupants of same..

LD Jackson said...

It is really sad that it has to come to this point. The Swiss and every other country should be able to allow religious freedom. However, doing so with some in the Muslim faith is a very dangerous thing to do. Sooner or later, someone has to start pushing back against them and it is surprising to see the Swiss taking the first steps.

Unknown said...

I could go either way on this. While I am concerned about the spread of Islam in Europe, I also do not like governments restricting religion.