Swiss moots Nation wide ban on Minarets , Rift between Europe and Islam deepens

published on November 29, 2009

Geneva: Amidst growing concern among Europeans towards the growth of Islam, People in Switzerland Backed the referendum for Nation wide ban on Minarets in Mosques.

Swiss People’s Party campaigners demanded the referendum to halt “political Islamisation” by amending the Swiss constitution to add a clause stating “the construction of minarets is prohibited”.

Earlier this year Langenthal’s 750 Muslims asked for planning permission to add a minaret, 30 feet high, to their mosque in a town with 11 churches and 14,500 inhabitants.

“This minaret is a symbol of conquest and power which marks the will to introduce Sharia law as has happened in some other European cities. We will not accept that,” said Ulrich Schueler, an SVP politician and leader of the “stop” minaret campaign.

Walter Wobmann, president of a committee that backed the initiative, said its aim is not to stop people from practising their religion, but to stop political Islam and the “further Islamization of Switzerland.”

Supporters of the ban claim that allowing minarets would represent the growth of an ideology and the Islamic legal system Shariah, which they claim are incompatible with Swiss democracy.

In most of the Middle East countries religious freedom of Non Muslims are curtailed with an iron hand. Even Non Muslims cannot travel through the road heading to Mecca. Non Muslims who travel from Jeddah to Taif have to travel a long route as the shortest route is passing near by Mecca.

What right the Islamists have to lament that they are being discriminated and persecuted by the rest of the world if they are not ready to accommodate and respect other faith and believes?

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