The Swiss just held a referendum seeking a constitutional ban on the building of minarets, a small, slender tower which is usually attached to a mosque, in many cases, several at a time.
The referendum passed, which now makes it illegal for these structures to be built.
Many Muslims and non-Muslims have called this “religious discrimination.”
A hyperventilating LA Times editorial claims, “It would be just as accurate to say that the Christian cross is a symbol of the Spanish Inquisition or the violence committed by Crusaders against Muslims.”
Holding the Christian cross up in some sort of connection with events which happened centuries ago, and comparing it to modern-day Islam, in which its members perpetrate mass acts of violence as some sort of holy quest is just ignorant.
The Swiss banned the construction of an architectural structure, not a religious symbol. No one is restricting Swiss Muslims from practicing their religion.
“The Swiss ban, by contrast, targets only one religion and suppresses religious expression not in government schools but at places of worship. Saying that Muslims may construct a mosque but not advertise its purpose with a minaret is the equivalent of forcing Christians to construct churches without crosses. The comparison won’t be lost on Muslim governments that stifle the expression of Christianity. Why should Saudi Arabia allow Christians to worship openly if a supposed paragon of pluralism such as Switzerland requires Muslims to efface their identity?”
Who wrote this, Farrakhan?
How does this suppress religious expression? In order for a mosque to function as a house of worship, it needs a minaret?
The comparison between a minaret and a Cross is fundamentally wrong. The correct comparison would between the Cross and the Islamic star and crescent. No such ban concerning the star/crescent has been suggested.
To equivocate how Saudi Arabia treats Christians with Switzerland’s treatment of Muslims is astonishingly disgusting.
Christians in Saudi Arabia are tortured, raped and killed. They are subjected to forced conversions to Islam. The subject of building a Christan church does not even exist in this part of the world. This type of real discrimination occurs throughout the Arab/Islamic world, often ignored by politicians who visit these countries to exchange politically correct pleasantries with corrupt dictators and brutal regimes.
The problems which have plagued Europe for years regarding radical Islam has created an atmosphere where those governments have been forced into weakend positions of defending or at least not offending immigrated Muslims. This despite riots by angry, young Islamists over cartoons they didn’t like, hatred of multi-culturalism, bombing of London buses, and destruction of Spanish trains.
There is a certain type of style in a place like Switzerland. The country has its own culture. Despite that, they have become the epitome of multi-culturalism, rarely having a problem in dealing with those who migrate to their country.
For Muslims to complain about restrictions regarding issues which amount to “building codes” goes to show just how much they are unwilling to assimilate to the various cultures which they attempt to change.
The majority of the Swiss people have rejected this kind of forced architectural assimilation into there society.
This should be praised by the rest of the world, including Muslims. Islamists should, for once, respect the culture of the society to which they have willingly decided to adapt themselves.