Abstract on november 29, 2009, swiss voters adopted a ballot initiative introducing a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets the supporters of the initiative had argued that minarets were not a religious symbol, but a token of power and conquest: banning them would halt the creeping islamisation of switzerland. This article considers a challenging case: the swiss referendum decision to ban any future construction of islamic minarets it examines two grounds for opposition: the human right to freedom of religion, and the liberal principle of equal treatment of cultures. Swiss voters on sunday adopted a referendum banning the construction of minarets, seen by some on the far right as a sign of encroaching islamism.
Minaret ban wins swiss support however, the federal council takes the view that a ban on the construction of new minarets is not a feasible means of countering extremist tendencies, she said. There is no problem with islam in switzerland at least, there was none until 2009 but then, confounding poll predictions, and stupefying the swiss political institutions, religious organizations, as well as mainstream media, 575% of the citizen voted a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets. A zurich mosque with a minaret in a swiss referendum, 575 percent of voters approved a ban on minaret construction credit sebastien bozon/agence france-presse — getty images geneva.
On sunday, 57 per cent of the swiss population voted in favour of blocking any new minarets being built attached to mosques does the vote reflect a rising t. Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on construction of minarets on 29 november 2009 this is a blow to the multicultural image of a country where some 400,000 muslims — representing some. Muslim leaders from around the world, senior church figures, european politicians and human rights experts have deplored switzerland's decision to ban the building of minarets. Swiss voters on november 29 overwhelmingly approved a referendum to ban the construction of minarets, the tower-like structures on mosques that are often used to call muslims to prayer.
Today, here your proposal to ban minarets, which targets swiss muslims, is a declaration of war you are turning minarets into a screen on which to project all the different fears in swiss society. The motion wants to ban the building of minarets in switzerland the committee’s proposition reads: the building of minarets is prohibited if it became law, it would be written into article 72 (section 3) of the swiss federal constitution. The swiss politician daniel streich, who rose to fame as a result of his opposition to mosques in his homeland, switzerland, has now embraced the faith he revileddaniel streich was a member of. The swiss bishops conference is against a controversial rightwing proposal to ban minarets in a statement, the conference said that like church steeples, minarets marked a religion’s presence in the public domain. In his show of 12/3, jon stewart ridiculed the swiss for their recent uproar-causing ban on minarets stewart naively calls minarets “beautiful” and “nice,” although admitting that they change the skyline.
The federal popular initiative against the construction of minarets was a successful popular initiative in switzerland to prevent the construction of minarets on mosquesin a november 2009 referendum, a constitutional amendment banning the construction of new minarets was approved by 575% of the participating voters only three of the twenty swiss cantons and one half canton, mostly in the. The swiss minaret ban in late november 2009, the swiss voted in a national referendum to ban all future construction of islamic minarets in their country this decision drew widespread criticism both inside and outside switzerland. After all, the ban on minarets was not about noise (none of the existing 4 minarets actually call to prayer), or architecture or skyline (all minarets are built to swiss buidling codes), it was about the far-right paranoia that muslims (4% of the swiss population) are taking over the world and will force sharia on all, symbolised by minarets.
What importance has the recent swiss referendum to ban the building of minarets (spires next to mosques from which the call to prayer is issued) some may see the 575 to 425 percent decision endorsing a constitutional amendment as nearly meaningless. While such concerns “have to be taken seriously,” she said in a statement, “the federal council takes the view that a ban on the construction of new minarets is not a feasible means of. The swiss minaret ban nov 30th 2009, 22:06 by charlemagne add this article to your reading list by clicking this button tweet i was in the swiss capital, berne, at the end of last week, talking. Minarets in switzerland a minaret is a tower, traditionally part of a mosque, with a balcony from which a muezzin calls muslims to prayer in modern mosques, the minaret is equipped with.