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An East-West clash over a Swiss referendum last week banning the construction of mosque minarets heated up today as Iran's foreign minister warned of unspecified "consequences" if the ban were enforced.
An Iranian cleric today also condemned the minaret ban. Ayatollah Hossein Nouri-Hamadani, said the move was "at odds with the protection of Muslim citizens' civil rights and will hurt the feelings of Muslims across the world," according to Iran's state television.
Calmy-Rey told Mottaki her government would "use all its means to support Muslims rights," according to IRNA.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
Iran knows how to "work it" - create international press coverage regarding the issue and force the spotlight on the Swiss, sit back and let international pressure help facilitate and overturn the vote. In the meantime, international eyes are off them for a bit.
A man killed by Islamist fighters in Somalia was shot because he had converted from Islam to Christianity, his widow has claimed.
The Islamic rebels charged the seven Christians with abandoning the Muslim faith, and “spying”, before executing them in the town of Baidoa.
They did not receive a trial, and the executions are part of al-Shabaab’s implementation of sharia across areas of southern Somalia which it controls.
Originally posted by Foppezao
Iran on the other hand seem to be the spokesman/protector of the muslim world everytime such a "provocation" comes their way.
TEHRAN — Iran warned Switzerland on Saturday of "consequences" over a referendum banning the building of new mosque minarets and urged Bern not to enforce the ban, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The vote went "against the prestige of a country which claims to be an advocate of democracy and human rights," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Swiss counterpart Micheline Calmy-Rey in a telephone call, quoted by IRNA.
Mottaki said last week's referendum would "damage Switzerland?s image as a pioneer of respecting human rights among Muslims' public opinion."
Muslims around the globe have condemned Swiss voters' approval of a ban on minarets as a manifestation of their "hatred of Muslims." Maskuri Abdillah, head of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia's biggest Muslim group, said on Monday that the vote reflected "a hatred of Swiss people against Muslim communities" and called on its 40 million followers to exercise restraint. Egypt's Muslim leader Ali Gomaa, the Egyptian government's official interpreter of Islamic law, also said the ban is an insult to Muslims and resembles "an attack on freedom of beliefs."
Iranian government sources are sometimes quoted as giving a total of as many as 300,000 Christians in Iran. At present there are 73 registered churches in Iran.
Originally posted by hangedman13
Really, does Iran or any other Islamic nation do anything for the other religions in their nations?
Originally posted by NuclearPaul
I don't blame Iran for being angry over this. It is a direct attack against muslims.
Sure you can argue that the majority may have wanted it. But the majority are most likely brainwashed against muslims.