Guess they saw what was happening in Sweden.
Sweden in Grip of Islam
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Having said that, banning minarets is really the internal matter for the Swiss. And as I understand, they have not banned building of mosques, they have only banned building of minarets. So I have no problem with that, it is an internal matter for Switzerland.
Pat Robertson, yeah. There is an unbiased source. This is the same guy who claimed with a straight face that 25% of trade union workers are on drugs (when he was running for president in 1988 ) . Or who claimed that God told him that Bush was going to win in 1992.
I honestly have to question why anybody believes they have the right to criticize the outcome of the will of the people. The unfortunate thing is that the people of Switzerland were never really given the chance to answer the question of whether they even wanted to allow non-European immigrants into their country.
As well as providing a visual cue to a Muslim community,[citation needed (external - login to view)] the main function of the minaret is to provide a vantage point from which the call to prayer (adhan (external - login to view)) is made. Call to prayer in Islam happens five times each day. These times are at sunrise, noon, day, sundown, and evening. In most modern mosques, the adhan is called not from the minaret but from the musallah (external - login to view), or prayer hall, via a microphone (external - login to view) and speaker (external - login to view) system.
After reading the above I don't know if I would like the calling to prayer 5 times a day on a speaker system in my neighborhood. However, if there is an agreement that there would be no calling I would not have any objection but the papers better be very well written to prevent a change of mind.
Personally, were I the Swiss, I'd take a long hard look over the border into France....then ban Muslim immigration altogether.
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Nonsense, Muslims are just ordinary people struggling to get by just like the rest of us mortals.
At the same time, Switzerland is a sovereign country, probably one of the most sovereign in the world, and the Swiss people have the right to ban what they'd like. It's all about cultural preservation and continuing to enjoy their own rights and freedoms as Swiss people.
I agree with this ban. Even though it may have religious freedom, Switzerland is a Christian country and its people wish it to remain so.
I love these generalizations.
Only 1 in 6 Swiss attend church services.
Study identifies worldwide rates of religiosity, church attendance
Switzerland is sovereign; and, I would be the last to advocate interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation. It's un-Canadian, or is it?. But, criticism is not interference.
I find the argument logically inconsistent, proffered by some, that limiting the right of a visible minority is an act of preserving human rights within a pluralistic society, hard won in the past, by the majority. The minaret is not a question of noise; it is a symbol that Swiss see as inconsonant with their history and culture. Yes, it is a Swiss prerogative, but it is also indicative of xenophobia.