The swiss Minaret Ban Controversy is the latest chapter in a war of values between the West and Islam. It raises many interesting questions that will
be of importance in the Future:
What are the limits of Religious Tolerance?
Should we Tolerate Intolerance?
How will this issue be handled in other western countries?
Amnesty International termed the vote as a violation of freedom of religion and demanded from the Swiss Supreme Court to intervene and overturn
the outcome before it is made part of the constitution.
The PC and Human Rights crowd claims that banning minarets means the Swiss lack religious tolerance.
But Minarets are not Mosques. They are the towers from which very loud
prayers, often using loudspeakers, are sung five times a day. For
non-muslims and westerners this is seen as an intrusion
and an obnoxious one for many.
How would Muslims feel if I cranked up some of my Rock or Electronic Music so that the whole neighbourhood could hear it?
And yet, outrage and pressure continues to be exerted from all sides, not wanting to allow Switzerland to make its own decisions as a sovereign
the Secretary of OIC, called the ban an example of growing anti-Islamic incitement in Europe by the extremist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic, racist,
scare-mongering ultra-right politicians who reign over common sense, wisdom and universal values.
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
(The shiites of Iran fail to mention that the Swiss host many more mosques than Iran hosts churches)
I would venture a guess that if muslim factions and civil rights groups would be more friendly about it rather than try to force the issue or demand
that it is their "civil right" to craft the soundscape and city-scape of Switzerland, Switzerland may have granted them their wish
Any human being is more likely to grant a request that is politely asked for rather than demanded with force.
But calling anyone who does not want to be pestered by loud chanting 5 times a day and does not want to be forced to change their own property by
force outside of that property a "xenophone racist" and "enemy of the muslim world" is just wrong in my opinion and sets a bad standard for the
future of international relations.
If I were in charge I would have granted them their wish to have Minarets if they hadnt started forcing the issue in a fanatical manner.
[edit on 7-12-2009 by Skyfloating]