GENEVA — Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.
Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as biased and anti-Islamic. Business groups said the decision hurt Switzerland's international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.
"The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights," said Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria, which said its reaction was "grief and deep disappointment."Full article here.
Are these people kidding? Muslims, complaining about a lack of diversity, freedom of religion, and human rights??!!! Please.
Let's strip away all the foolish politically-correct junk we always hear in the media about the so-called "religion of peace". The simple fact is, Muslims should be the last one complaining about "freedom of religion", "religious diversity", etc. Islam is simply the most intolerant religion on the planet. Christians and other non-Muslims are killed in Muslim countries at an alarming rate in numerous countries around the world. Muslims cannot claim the same thing regarding followers of their religion. In fact, Many Muslims go to various parts of the world and expect (or demand) religious freedoms that they know are not available in the Muslim countries they came from.
In fact, former Muslims who convert to another religion in a Muslim country often do so at risk of their very lives (especially if they convert to Christianity). And we haven't even begun to talk about the genocide in Sudan, perpetrated by Muslims against non-Muslims in areas such Darfur, which has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. Of course, the Muslim world is silent about that, but if 20 Palestinians were to be killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, the Arab/Muslim world would be howling about the "injustice". Oh, the hypocrisy.
Let Muslims worldwide show concern for human rights and freedom of religion for those who don't believe as they do... and then maybe they'll be in a position to grumble when others oppose them trying to spread their religion wherever they go. In the meantime -- sorry, no sympathy here.
The photos below are from a Muslim protest in London in March 2006. This should give us all an idea of why so many Europeans are alarmed about the spread of Islam on their continent.