Sunday, 29 November 2009
Mountains, Mosques and Minarets
The delicate issue about whether or not to ban the construction of minarets throughout the cantons of Switzerland comes into conflict with the UN resolutions on human rights and freedom to practice religion. While it may not be desirable for Swiss culture and environment to be dominated by the imposition of tall minarets, muezzin calls to prayer (customarily greatly amplified by megaphones facing in four directions), though to date this has been banned, and possibly the adoption of Sharia Law, the attitude of the Swiss government is to oppose such a ban on minaret-building.
Switzerland is now home to more than 400,000 Moslems who are free to set up places of worship where they can practise their religion. However, the raising of minarets and the muezzin will undoubtedly and insidiously change the face and character of Switzerland forever. The maxim : "when in Rome do as the Romans do" is as true today as it ever was, and the people of Switzerland are right in supporting the ban on minarets.
Other European nations need to take notice of the democratic will of the Swiss and reject moves towards the Islamicisation of Europe. Yes, they are here, and are free to worship but not to radically change the nature and traditional character of European society. Switzerland is a Liberal Democracy and the people have spoken.
Click on this: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20091129/tts-uk-swiss-minarets-ca02f96.html
Note: this opinion has nothing to do with anti-religious sentiment, British nationalism, Fascism, far-right politics, cultural superiority, isolationism or separatism - quite the opposite. It has more to do with discernment, far-sighted thinking and common sense.
"We have our civil laws here," insisted Mr Freysinger. "Banning minarets would send a clear signal that our European laws, our Swiss laws, have to be accepted. And if you want to live here, you must accept them. If you don't, then go back."
Another view: "I understand the swiss ..they dont want the landscape impeded on... they have had a certain look and culture and do not want that disrupted... I dont blame them for not wanting those ugly things ruining the beautiful swiss scenery...its as simple as that...swiss villages and towns should remain looking well, swiss its their culture leave them alone and let them make their own decisions..bravo Switzerland you are not pussified like america is becoming....buy swiss products and visit their country."