Today any complaint which isn't leftist or socialist in origin is racist; likewise, any complaint against Muslims is ipso facto Islamophobia.Far right groups in Switzerland have collected enough signatures to force a nationwide referendum on banning minarets, the distinctive towers of Islamic architecture.Hawgwash! Most just don't like the things; they remind them of societies and cultures they don't agree with and want nothing to do with ... besides, they're just plain ugly!
In what is being seen as a sign of growing Islamophobia in Europe, more than 100,000 Swiss citizens signed a petition to halt the construction of minarets.However, to be honest, according to Swiss Info the minaret below "is one of only two in Switzerland"; but the source is two years old at this time ... could be a hundred by now.[…] The president of Switzerland, Pascal Couchepin, said the government would recommend that voters rejected (sic) the proposed minaret ban.The pressure on the government due to treaty entanglements must be intense; once again, the governed pay the price for the errors of their governors![…] The UN expert on racism, Doudou Diene, has said the campaign is evidence of an "ever-increasing trend" toward anti-Islamic actions in Europe.And who is to blame for that? That's like a southern plantation "masta" blaming Lincoln and Wilberforce for the slave trade.Switzerland should avoid prejudice towards its Muslim community to avoid the mistakes of other states, renowned Middle East expert Arnold Hottinger tells swissinfo.Excuse me? Stereotyping Muslims "as aggressors"? Since when weren't they in this century?
The veteran journalist dismissed recent "relatively harmless" attempts by the rightwing Swiss People's Party to ban minarets in Zurich, but warned against stereotyping Muslims as aggressors.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
ISLAM: Can the world's masses be that stupid?
Swiss to Vote on Towers of Islam | The Brussels Journal