Monday, 30 November 2009

The “tolerant and peaceful” Swiss ban minarets?

The "tolerant and peaceful" Swiss has voted in a nationwide referendum to ban minarets?

More than 57.5% of "tolerant and peaceful" Swiss voters (and 22 out of 26 cantons - or provinces) voted in a nationwide referendum to ban minarets on Sunday.

There are 400,000 Muslims (5% of the population) and only four minarets in Switzerland.

The Swiss government had opposed the ban but has accepted the decision, and construction of new minarets would no longer be permitted.

Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said the decision was "not a rejection of the Muslim community, religion or culture".

True. It was a rejection of tolerance and freedom of expression.

France's FM Bernard Kouchner said "I am a bit shocked by this decision. It is an expression of intolerance and I detest intolerance."

If so, why has France banned the headscarf in schools, colleges and government establishments?

Zurich city council said that it disapproved of the "negative and dangerous" controversial referendum poster, but had to accept it as part of political free speech.

The poster shows a woman dressed in a burka and lots of black minarets (resemble missiles) on a Swiss flag.

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