The Swiss have approved a ban on the construction of minarets, according to incomplete results of voting on Sunday.
The gfs.bern polling institute said an estimated 58 per cent of voters had backed the initiative. A majority of cantons were also in support of a minaret ban.Supporters of a ban argued minarets are a symbol of an Islamic claim to power.
"The Islamic religion is intolerant, but we do not want to limit freedom of religion, we want to outlaw the political symbol," said Ulrich Schlüer, a member of the rightwing Swiss People's party and one of the leading promoters of the anti-minaret initiative.
Ah, the Swiss, especially the Schweizer Deustche. I lived among them for two yeras and people are always surpised to hear me speak of them as the real Nazis and the banking whores of the world. They are fastiduous in their timekeeping and maintenance of police dossiers on foreigners and citzens alike.
Having said that, however, given the actions of Muslims in other parts of Europe, I can't say I blame them. I would ask them to consider, though, that this might drive jihadist factions underground. I like to keep them out in the open, in the crosshairs, so to speak.