The Swiss are to hold a referendum on whether or not to ban the construction of new minarets. The plan is backed by the Swiss People’s Party, the largest party in parliament and the creators of this poster:
There are currently only four minarets in Switzerland, and around 400,000 Muslims (making it the country’s second largest faith, after Christianity).
This is one of those profoundly illiberal bans that doesn’t do anyone any good. Let’s say you wanted to tackle extremism amongst Muslims, or improve the lot of Muslim women. How would banning minarets help? What effect can this have apart from to make Muslims feel under attack and give them more incentive to withdraw into their own world? More minarets won’t lead to more extremism, but this referendum will.
(Hat-Tip: Steve at Amnesty)
Update: Swiss exit polls now indicate that a ban has been apporved.
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