Monday, January 25, 2010

Swiss minaret ban was a “symbolic gesture”

Voters who supported a people’s initiative to ban minarets last November wanted to make a symbolic gesture against the spread of Islam in Switzerland.

A survey of voters carried out by Swiss universities found, however, that the majority in favour of a ban was not equivalent to overall rejection of Muslims in Switzerland.

On November 29, 57.5% of votes cast were in favour of the people's initiative, much to general surprise. Switzerland is the first European country to forbid the construction of minarets. More...

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