Nov 30 2009
Forget the minarets, BAN ISLAM. Let the riots begin.
68% of Swiss citizens think you can be Swiss and Muslim, but 40% think that Islam isn’t compatible with the values of a Swiss democracy. There are 8% out there who think you can be Swiss and Muslim provided you’re not Muslim. (INDEED!)
MUSLIM REACTIONS TO THE SWISS BAN ON MINARETS
SWITZERLAND: The president of Zurich’s Association of Muslim Organisations, Tamir Hadjipolu, told the BBC: “This will cause major problems because during this campaign mosques were attacked, which we never experienced in 40 years in Switzerland.
“Islamophobia has increased intensively.” “The most painful thing for us is not the ban on minarets, but the symbol sent by this vote,” said Farhad Afshar, leader of the Swiss Coordination of Islamic Organisations. “Muslims do not feel accepted as a religious community,” he said.
FRANCE: The rector of the great mosque in Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, who has contacts with other Muslim leaders, said the the decision caused surprise, dismay and disbelief among Muslims in Europe. “The result of the referendum is an expression of Islamophobia and we don’t understand it. (It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you) Nobody had expected this ‘no’ to minarets. It’s a sight that the Swiss confuse a peaceful practice of Islam and militant Islamism,” says Dalil Boubakeur.
The referendum results has already lead to demonstration in several parts of Switzerland, in Bern and Zurich, and more protests are in wait, says Boubakeur.
UNITED KINGDOM: The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) Monday condemned as “tragic and deplorable” the Swiss vote on banning of minarets in the alpine country. The vote revealed the extent to which far-right racist groups were “winning the battle of ideas on the future of Europe,” MCB secretary general Muhammad Abdul Bari said in a statement. (Thank God for that)
“The Swiss referendum results show how far and how quickly Europe is moving in the wrong (RIGHT) direction in its attitudes and policies towards Muslims and other minority groups in Europe,” he said. “Mosques and minarets in our European cities are manifestations of the proudly indigenous nature of Islam in Europe. It is tragic that the far right is stripping away at our illustrious heritage of coexistence between different faiths and cultures in Europe and replacing it with their warped and xenophobic outlook,” said Bari. “This is no less than a battle of ideas for the future of a plural and progressive Europe,” he added.
Tariq Ramadan in the Guardian: Posters featured a woman wearing a burka with the minarets drawn as weapons on a colonised Swiss flag. The claim was made that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with Swiss values. (The UDC has in the past demanded my citizenship be revoked because I was defending Islamic values too openly.) Its media strategy was simple but effective. Provoke controversy wherever it can be inflamed. Spread a sense of victimhood among the Swiss people: we are under siege, the Muslims are silently colonising us and we are losing our very roots and culture. This strategy worked. The Swiss majority are sending a clear message to their Muslim fellow citizens: we do not trust you and the best Muslim for us is the Muslim we cannot see.
SWEDEN: Mahmoud Aldebe of the Swedish Muslim Assocation regrets the Swiss decision.“The relationship with the Muslim world and Switzerland will be affected very negatively. (And this is a BAD thing? Get out of Europe IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, you aren’t wanted or needed there) I think that people will see Switzerland in a different way than in the past – netural and free. Now people see that there’s a lot of xenophobia and racism that somehow creeps in among the people there. But there’s lacking much, much knowledge about Muslims and it is perhaps our fault that we aren’t capable of informing about Islam and Muslims in a way that others can grasp and understand.” (NO, people now DO have knowledge about Islam which is why they understand the threat Muslims pose)
GERMANY: Head of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD) Kenan Kolat told Berlin daily Berliner Zeitung that the decision was “very regrettable,” adding that basic rights such as religious freedom should not be allowed to come to popular vote. “A minaret belongs to a mosque,” Kolat said. (And mosques belong in Muslim countries, NOT in Europe) ISLAM IN EUROPE