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Switzerland Backwards On Minarets

November 29, 2009

The Swiss are wrong about their views concerning the banning of building of minarets.  I was sure when this matter first started percolating months ago that this would never pass.  Surely the Swiss were cerebral enough, being able to wade through this matter without resorting to the lowest common denominator.  Right?  Well, as it turns out no they were not.  To suggest that Islam is an extremist religion based on the actions of those who bastardize the Koran, would be like saying Catholicism is pro-kiddie sex as some priests diddle  little boys.  Islam is a world religion that deserves better from the folks in Switzerland who pretend to be so enlightened.  That Swiss assumption can be now filed under ‘B’…..for BS!

Projections from exit polls suggest that voters in Switzerland have backed a referendum proposal to ban the building of minarets.

The result is not yet official, but the BBC’s correspondent in Berne says if it is confirmed, it would be a surprise.

The proposal was backed by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the largest party in parliament, which claims minarets are a sign of Islamisation.

Opponents say a ban would discriminate and that the ballot has stirred hatred.

The government opposes a ban.

Switzerland is home to some 400,000 Muslims and has just four minarets. Official referendum results are due at 1700 GMT.

Under the Swiss system, a referendum result is not binding unless a majority of canton voting districts approve it, as well as a majority of voters.

The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes, in Bern, says the voting trends are very bad news for the Swiss government which had urged voters to reject a ban on minarets, fearing unrest among the Muslim community and damage to Switzerland’s relations with Islamic countries.

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