Swiss Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Mosque Minaret Ban

November 29, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Today, an overwhelmingly majority of Swiss citizens voted in favor of a ban on the construction of Muslim Mosques having the distinctive architectural features of tall spires and conical crowns, called minarets. The citizen’s referendum was launched by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), a far-right political party, which stoked fears of an “Islamic conquest” of Switzerland, suggesting that the spread of mosques with minarets would lead to the practice of radical Sharia law and ideology.

The Swiss government and the United Nations Human Rights Committee have condemned the minaret ban, as discriminatory which will lead to increased anti-Islamic hate.

After collecting 100,000 signatures within 18 months, the SVP was able to place the proposed ban to a vote, which would compel the Swiss government to amend its Constitution to prohibit the building of minarets, but not of mosques without the distinctive spires.

Ulrich Schlueer, co-president of the Initiative Committee to ban minarets believes that minarets would lead to the adoption of Muslim ideologies in his country. “Forced marriages and other things like cemeteries separating the pure and impure – we don’t have that in Switzerland, and we do not want to introduce it.”

Despite government opposition to the People’s Party’s initiative, over 57 percent of Swiss voters approved of the ban on minarets. The Swiss government is concerned such a ban would tarnish the country’s image abroad and prove harmful to the Swiss economy.

About 400,000 Muslims, mostly immigrants from Turkey and the former Yugoslavia, reside in Switzerland among a population of about eight million. Islam is the country’s second largest religion after Christianity.

The People’s Party’s campaign for the minaret ban, led to International condemnation of the “sinister” and “racist” poster used to garner support for its voter initiative. The poster showed a woman wearing a burqa in front of a Swiss flag, with several minarets resembling missiles in the background. The Swiss Commission Against Racism, said the offensive posters insulted the country’s Muslim minority and could result in a backlash against Muslim citizens.

Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Committee says, a ban on minarets would violate an international UN rights charter.

Only four Muslim mosques in Switzerland have minarets.



10 Responses to “Swiss Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Mosque Minaret Ban”

  1. Mike on November 29th, 2009 5:34 pm

    The Swiss would have done better to ban all ostentatious religious displays regardless of faith, whether it’s big crosses on church towers or minarets.

  2. Emilio on November 29th, 2009 6:49 pm

    Muslims don’t allow Christians to preach or build churches in their countries. Why then should we allow them a right that they deny to us.

    Los musulmanes no nos permiten predicar ni construir iglesias en sus países. Por qué entonces tenemos que darles un derecho que ellos nos niegan a nosotros.

  3. Ron on November 30th, 2009 2:15 am

    Maybe the US & other nations should follow Swiss style direct democracy?

    The Swiss just voted to ban minarets on mosques and this is a great exercise of their unique form of direct democracy regardless of your views on the subject. But my question is why do the Swiss get to overrule their politicians and parliament and here in the US, we don’t have that right?

    Let’s bring Swiss style direct democracy to the United States so Americans can vote on the Wall Street bailouts, government health care, whether to audit or abolish the FED, or require Congress declare war before we invade another country. Read why Switzerland is free and America is not and help restore citizen control over the US government and Congress currently under control of special interests.

  4. jaffa Cohen on November 30th, 2009 2:56 am

    By far the majority of Muslims in the world live in tolerant Islamic countries like Malaysia, India, and Indonesia.
    The intolerant Islamic countries are those dictatorships propped up by the West – Saudi Arabia, Egypt etc.
    So the Swiss have just given a kick in the teeth for over a billion secular Muslims worldwide whose feelings are now bound to be hurt –
    There are only four Minarets in Switzerland catering for 400,000 Muslims (who are mostly European and Turkish) these type of Muslims are mostly secular, moderate and peace loving unlike the Middle Eastern Muslims.
    Pass laws preventing Muslim crooks stashing away the billions looted from the poor in Switzerland – Pass laws preventing your Banks from profiting from money stolen from the destitute and impoverished.
    Ye good and honest people of Switzerland pass laws banning your banks helping Tax evaders from every country in the world, including Great Britain.

  5. Montgomery J. on November 30th, 2009 10:15 am

    I couldn’t agree more with the Swiss. Islam is intolerant and restricts freedom of religious expression in every country to a varying degree. Persecution of Christians is common in EVERY Muslim country, though the form and intensity may vary. And, this is the tolerant age of Islam. A mere 150 years ago, non-Muslims in Muslim countries paid higher taxes, were forced to wear special clothes, in short they were second-class citizens constantly in fear of life and limb. Unable to take a Muslim to court!!! I think the only way to “tame” the dragon of Islam is to give it a taste of its own medicine. Reciprocity must become the norm. If Saudis don’t allow Bibles, churches, etc. We should not allow them to bring in Kuran’s, build schools or mosques. When they stop using religion as a political and social-engineering tool, then maybe there can be freedom of religion for them. Not until!

  6. Zainab on November 30th, 2009 10:18 am

    Newtons Third Law of Motion:

    Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
    Why some people, though knowing Newtons 3rd law, unneccessarily voting for banning the Mirates on the mosque. This type of anti islamic refferundums will never ever help them to prevent the people converting to Islam. Certainly when 57% is in favour of banning, then Thanks to majority of 43% who voted against the ban on minarates. Its just the matter of 7% which is, in reality must be bothering Swiss Right wing Parties and the Swiss government.
    Coming to the financial crises, thats an obvious thrash to the Swiss banks.
    Any how the main cause of such ethenic problems is the increasing conversion of EU population to Islam which can not be controlled by such refferumdums.
    A day will surely be coming that Islam will enter every house and hut.

  7. JohnD on November 30th, 2009 6:11 pm

    Ron wrote : “But my question is why do the Swiss get to overrule their politicians and parliament and here in the US, we don’t have that right”?

    What do you mean we don’t have that right here? Haven’t you ever heard of California’s Proposition 8 and Maine’s Question 1? Prop 8, for the first time in the history of this country, a Constitutionally guaranteed right from a minority class of citizens!

    We were NEVER intended to be a direct democracy. The founding fathers repeatedly warned against the tyranny of the majority usurping the rights of the minority!

    “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%”.
    Thomas Jefferson

  8. JohnD on November 30th, 2009 6:43 pm

    CORRECTION “Prop 8, for the first time in the history of this country,REMOVED a Constitutionally guaranteed right from a minority class of citizens”!

  9. John Franklin on December 4th, 2009 1:27 pm

    I didn’t think the ban was passed with an overwhelming majority, but it certainly was passed which raises questions about the choices made by the Swiss government. Here are some criticisms:

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