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Switzerland Bans Minarets on Mosques

November 30, 2009
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The Swiss voted on Sunday to ban minarets on mosques. This appears to be a perceived response to the threat of Islam fundamentalism, as only 4 mosques in Switzerland have minarets and none broadcast a call to prayer. The below BBC article argues that the main Swiss political parties failed to appreciate the lurking fear of Islamic Fundamentalism in Switzerland, but Swiss politicians will now have to deal with the backlash among Muslims around the world. The question is now how will Switzerland deal with this apparent conflict between traditions of direct democracy and religious freedom?

For background on the Swiss referendum: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/30/world/europe/30swiss.html?_r=2&hp

For the BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8386456.stm

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