Friday, September 11, 2009

Swiss Bishops Reject Minaret Ban

Recently in America we have seen some Churches step up and speak out against Islam. In Europe though, we are seeing the opposite. Major Church leaders in the UK actually supported the opening of the Sharia Courts there. This time Swiss Bishops are taking a stand for Islamic minarets. Which if built will be a sign of Islamic dominance. Apparently they are ready to bow down to Islam.

Swiss Bishops Reject Minaret Ban

GENEVA – Joining the chorus of voices opposing a minaret ban, Switzerland’s Roman Catholic bishops have urged voters to reject a far-right campaign to ban minaret construction in the country.

"A general ban on minaret construction would hurt needed efforts to create a two-way welcoming attitude of dialogue and respect," the Swiss Bishops’ Conference said in a statement cited by Agence France-Presse on Thursday, September 10.

"Fear serves as a poor counsellor in this matter."

Swiss voters will vote next month in a referendum championed by the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) to ban the building of minarets in Switzerland.

The far-right party has pushed for the poll, collecting more than the 100,000 signatures needed under the constitution to hold a referendum.

The SVP claims that a minaret is not necessary for worship but is rather a symbol of Islamic law which is incompatible with Switzerland's legal system.

The SVP campaign has caused an outcry in the Swiss political world, with the government denouncing it as unconstitutional and discriminatory.

The centre-right Free Democratic Party (FDP) has also attacked the idea, saying it would only compound "unfounded" fears against the country's Muslims.

Amnesty International has further blasted the proposed minaret ban, warning the drive aims to exploit fears of Muslims and encourage xenophobia for political gains.

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1 comment:

Dana said...

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