Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Switzerland 1, Minarets 0

In a move that will no doubt enrage the mullahs, Swiss voters approved a constitutional ban on minarets this November as reported by NPR,
"The country's four standing minarets, which won't be affected by the ban, do not traditionally broadcast the call to prayer outside their own buildings.

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."

The poster had earlier been ruled as protected under freedom of speech laws as reported in The Mail online.

I wonder if that poster would have been classified as "hate speech" in the U.S.?

I have also wondered what our downtown churches will do when Rock Hill's newest mosque starts blaring out prayer calls and interrupting our Sunday sermons?


  1. The Swiss are a funny lot. They take their independence (and neutrality) seriously and don't cotton to anything which they see as threatening that. Given that Islam is not exactly "democracy friendly" and they are the world's only direct democracy, I can see how such a referendum gets posed.


  2. Bravo, and three cheers for the swiss in refusing to be cower before the crescent. This isn't the first horde they've had to stare down.