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Swiss Ban Muslim Minarets – AP Outraged

From an outraged Associated Press:

Walter Wobmann, president of the committee ‘Yes for a ban of Minarets’, gestures in Egerkingen, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009.

Swiss ban mosque minarets in surprise vote

By Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press Writer

GENEVA – Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.

Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as biased and anti-Islamic. Business groups said the decision hurt Switzerland’s international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.

"The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights," said Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria, which said its reaction was "grief and deep disappointment."

About 300 people turned out for a spontaneous demonstration on the square outside parliament, holding up signs saying, "That is not my Switzerland," placing candles in front of a model of a minaret and making another minaret shape out of the candles themselves.

"We’re sorry," said another sign. A young woman pinned to her jacket a piece of paper saying, "Swiss passport for sale."

The referendum by the nationalist Swiss People’s Party labeled minarets as symbols of rising Muslim political power that could one day transform Switzerland into an Islamic nation. The initiative was approved 57.5 to 42.5 percent by some 2.67 million voters. Only four of the 26 cantons or states opposed the initiative, granting the double approval that makes it part of the Swiss constitution…

The sponsors of the initiative provoked complaints of bias from local officials and human-rights group with campaign posters that showed minarets rising like missiles from the Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman. Backers said the growing Muslim population was straining the country "because Muslims don’t just practice religion."

"The minaret is a sign of political power and demand, comparable with whole-body covering by the burqa, tolerance of forced marriage and genital mutilation of girls," the sponsors said. They noted that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has compared mosques to Islam’s military barracks and called "the minarets our bayonets." …

Amnesty International said the vote violated freedom of religion and would probably be overturned by the Swiss supreme court or the European Court of Human Rights.

The seven-member Cabinet that heads the Swiss government had spoken out strongly against the initiative but the government said it accepted the vote and would impose an immediate ban on minaret construction…

"The sponsors of the ban have achieved something everyone wanted to prevent, and that is to influence and change the relations to Muslims and their social integration in a negative way," said Taner Hatipoglu, president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Zurich. "Muslims indeed will not feel safe anymore."

The People’s Party has campaigned mainly unsuccessfully in previous years against immigrants with campaign posters showing white sheep kicking a black sheep off the Swiss flag and another with brown hands grabbing eagerly for Swiss passports

Let’s hope that the Muslims aren’t so offended that they pull all of their drug money out of their Swiss bank accounts.

About 300 people turned out for a spontaneous demonstration on the square outside parliament, holding up signs saying, "That is not my Switzerland," placing candles in front of a model of a minaret and making another minaret shape out of the candles themselves.

For once the protesters are right.

It’s not their Switzerland.

The People’s Party has campaigned mainly unsuccessfully in previous years against immigrants with campaign posters showing white sheep kicking a black sheep off the Swiss flag and another with brown hands grabbing eagerly for Swiss passports.

What shameless liars they are at the Associated Press.

As we noted at the time, even the AP reported the People’s Party’s stunning election gains back in October 2007:

The party was expected to win 28.8 percent of the vote, or 62 seats in the lower house — the largest share of seats any party has won since Switzerland’s proportional voting system began in 1919.

And they have been similarly “unsuccessful” ever since.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Swiss Ban Muslim Minarets – AP Outraged”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    They call them minarets……..I call the sniper posts.
    Since when has a mosque not doubled as a haven for terrorist and a pulpit for hate?

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    At least the chocolate / Coo Coo Clock makers have a seldom seem set of nuggets. Beats bowing and Burka ass kissing.

  3. proreason says:

    One thing for sure, the Swiss know how to protect themselves.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Apparently, even a busted (cuckoo) clock is right twice a day.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    Now, if the Swiss were real smart…they would ban Muslims next. That way, nobody can be offended! Then, hopefully, the rest of the western world would follow suit.

    Can you imagine an entire country free from the intolerance and murderous intent of Islam?? I can! Too bad the PC crowd still thinks that they will somehow, escape the beheading sword of jihadists.

  6. Helena says:

    From the BBC article about the same thing:
    BBC News – Minaret ban marks start of tough Swiss debate on Islam
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8386456.stm

    Meanwhile Swiss cabinet ministers who had advised, and confidently expected, voters to reject a ban, have woken up to newspaper headlines calling the referendum a slap in the face for the government, and a “catastrophe” for Switzerland….
    They are now facing the delicate task of explaining the voters’ decision to Muslim countries with whom Switzerland has traditionally good trade relations. Within government circles, there is the expectation that these relations will be damaged and that the Swiss economy may suffer as a result….
    So concerned is the government by the decision that Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer Schlumpf, watching the results come in on Sunday afternoon, apparently told her advisers there ought to be some restrictions on what the general public can actually vote on.
    This, for Switzerland, is political dynamite. The country’s system of direct democracy is sacrosanct. The people are allowed to vote on any policy and to propose policy themselves, which is what they did on minarets.

    It’s just killing the elites that direct democracy is not politically correct.

  7. beautyofreason says:

    Good, it looks like the Swiss may avoid the homegrown terrorism and Shariah law demands that have blighted other European countries as of late.

    “”The sponsors of the ban have achieved something everyone wanted to prevent…change the relations to Muslims and their social integration in a negative way,” said Taner Hatipoglu, president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Zurich.”

    LET’S SEE…

    “In 1995, FIOE set up the European Trust in order to finance its activities. A year later it started the European Council for Fatwa and Research, which is run by the famous cleric, Youssef al-Qaradawi, whom I mentioned earlier as a proponent of suicide bombing.”

    “Founded in 1989, FIOE has set up a series of key institutions that push the Muslim Brotherhood worldview.

    In 1992 it set up the Institute for the Study of Human Sciences, best known by its French acronym, IESH. It has campuses in Burgundy, Paris and Wales. The Wales campus recently lost its affiliation with a local public university after authorities became concerned about the curriculum, which visitors have described as heavily influenced by the Saudi fundamentalist ideology of Wahhabism. Each year, the three schools graduate several dozen imams and educate hundreds of Muslims.

    From http://www.aifdemocracy.org/policy-issues.php?id=1727

    Gee, non-Muslims really have nothing to worry about when even the Muslim counterpoint quoted in the AP has extremist links!


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