Swiss referendum against minarets moves forward
The Swiss People’s party has organized a referendum that would ban the construction of minarets on mosques in Switzerland. Arguing that the minarets are a symbol of political and religious claims to power, not just a religious sign, Ulrich Schluer of the SPP has said: “We’ve got nothing against prayer rooms or mosques for the Muslims. But a minaret is different. It’s got nothing to do with religion; it’s a symbol of political power.”
It seems an odd way of bifurcating the issue. If, as Schluer suggests, Islam is not just a religion but a political movement aimed at gaining political power, then don’t prayer rooms and mosques spread Muslim political power as much as minarets do? However, while not all the way there yet, Schluer has nevertheless articulated the key truth about Islam, refuting the claim to “religious freedom” which has allowed it to spread its numbers and power in the West. As someone said recently at VFR, the Civil Rights movement went one step at a time; the salvation of the West from Islam may have to go the same way. When the peoples of the West grasp that Islam itself is political, and not just Islamic minarets, they will be able not just to inhibit the expressions of Islam in their countries, as in this present referendum, but to remove it altogether.
Furthermore, even a ban on minarets alone, by conveying the message that Islam is not wanted, may discourage Muslims from coming to Switzerland, and persuade some of those who are already in Switzerland to leave, resulting in a net out-migration of Muslims. One can dream, can’t one?
Here’s the whole story, from the Guardian:
Swiss far right forces vote on minaret banGilbert B., who sent the article, notes:
The centre-right Christian Democratic Party with its traditional Catholic background has called the idea of banning minarets unconstitutional, dangerous and stupid.Phil M. writes from England:
This is the way: small, incremental steps. Liberals will tell the Swiss the sky will fall in, the world will declare war on Switzerland and so on. But it won’t, and when the next anti-Islamic measures are proposed, this will be another line of attack the left will find discredited.(July 10) Gilbert B. sends more information on this story:
A quote from Swissinfo, 8 July 2008Gilbert continues:
This would not be a violation of the First Amendment, since Islam is not a religion as ordinarily understood. Islam is a tyrannical religio-political system aimed at the destruction of every non-Islamic government including our own.LA replies:
I of course agree with your position, but the factual premise, that Islam is a tyrannical religio-political system and not just a religion, has not yet been generally established. People do not know this to be true. So before we can proceed to denying Islam religious freedom, we must first persuade our respective societies that Islam is not simply a religion.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 09, 2008 12:47 PM | Send