Xenophobic parties want referendum on minarets

30th November 2009, Comments 6 comments

Following the banning of Swiss’s minarets, European political groups such as the Freedom Party in the Netherlands says it wants to hold a referendum too.

The Hague – Opposition Freedom Party said it wanted a referendum on the building of minarets similar to the one held in Switzerland on Sunday.

Leader of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, expected the Dutch to ban new minarets just like a 57.5 percent majority of Swiss did.

The referendum result is hailed as a breakthrough by the opposition MP. He said: "It's the first time that people in Europe have stood up to a form of Islamisation."

Other xenophobic nationalist parties in Europe are taking a similar line to the Freedom Party in the Netherlands.

Mario Borghezio, a Euro-MP for Italy's Northern League (Lega Nord) called for a referendum in Italy and said: "The flag of a courageous Switzerland which wants to remain Christian is flying over a near-Islamised Europe."
Switzerland is home to six million Christians and 400,000 Muslims. There are currently 200 mosques in the Alpine country, but only four minarets.

Negative reactions
International reactions to the Swiss vote have been negative and critical.

Islamic countries, and Muslims in Switzerland itself, said banning the building of new minarets puts limits on freedom of religion.

"It's an insult to all Muslims," said Egypt's Great Mufti Ali Gomaa.
"The most painful for us is not the minaret ban, but the symbol sent by this vote. Muslims do not feel accepted as a religious community," said the group’s head, Farhad Afshar, at the joint Islamic Organisations in Switzerland.

The Swiss government is obliged by law to implement the ban following the popular vote in favour. However, the measure is likely to be found in contravention of international agreements, to which Switzerland is bound, such as the European Human Rights Convention and United Nations agreements on human rights.

The Swiss ban also comes under criticism by current EU chair Sweden.

"I don't think we can build a Europe without that freedom," Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask said in Brussels.

"It's a manifestation of intolerance," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a reaction.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

6 Comments To This Article

  • Saladin posted:

    on 21st January 2010, 23:26:18 - Reply

    You are right. You are obviously well versed in Islamic studies. I can see that a lot of research and studies went into devising your conclusion.

    Lets leave it there, shall we.. talking to people like you would further enhance my impression of the incredible short sightedness and ignorance of some so called "free" people.
  • David posted:

    on 21st January 2010, 21:30:17 - Reply

    The churches and synagogues that are in muslim countries pre-date islam and that is the only reason that you will find them there. The Jews and Christians and other minorities are persecuted for their faith and lifestyles and regarded as dhimmes (second class citizens) with little legal standing. Many churches, synagogues and shrines were converted to mosques as the original people were driven out (eg: Hagia Sophia Church or Taj Mahal are well known ). Islam is an ideology that doesn’t integrate into its host society, it is there to achieve one thing; to conquer that society, whether by force and persecution or expulsion and populating the country with muslims (eg: Egypt and Persia are examples). There is a reason that the Nazis ideology mirrored islam and why they aligned themselves with Islamic groups (eg: Arafat’s uncle, the grand mufti of Jerusalem). The world is waking up to islams tactics and Switzerland should wear the title of “xenophobic” as a badge of honor for having the courage to stand against this tide those that hold freedom dear.
  • saladin posted:

    on 2nd December 2009, 12:26:23 - Reply


    Please read up on your history before coming back with such remarks.

    Please show me anywhere in Vatican City the existence of a Mosque? I am not talking about Rome. And who the heck told you that Irak and Iran do not have Cathedrals, Churches and Synagogues!!!!!

    With the exception of Saudi Arabia, which is considered holly in its entirety, every Muslim Country counts Churches, Catherdrals and Synagogues.

    Are you just plain ignorant or plain blind? Irak and Iran accommodate Christian and Jewish religions and populace for a very very long time.

    Hate practice! trying telling that to the Spanish Inquisition...

    if you want to go that way, discord will never stop as they say. Let he who started first, raise their hand. Remember the Crusades?
  • Tazz posted:

    on 2nd December 2009, 09:12:40 - Reply

    Saladin, Rome has several mosques with minerets, They are served by Buddhist temples, synagogues, a Zain prayer centre and a Chinese Evangelical church.
    Rome also boasts the biggest mosque in Europe, built with Saudi money outside the city centre, about 3km (2 miles) from St Peter's Basilica.

    There are another three mosques and three Islamic prayer centres in the city, frequented by the growing number of Muslim residents.

    So if Rome the center of Christianity in the world has accomodated muslims why can't Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, etc. accomodate christians and other faiths openly and fraternally? You know why so don't try to put a cleanface on a hated practice that goes back centuries in Islam.
    I wonder what happened to the churches in Spain and Southern Italy when the Moors invaded?
  • saladin posted:

    on 1st December 2009, 18:39:23 - Reply

    Why do you immediately go to Saudi Arabia? do you see any mosques in Vatican City!!!! if you want equivalence, you should start there.

    What about the rest of the Muslim countries...Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia....in everyone of those countries, there are several churches and cathedrals standing very high, higher than some mosques even.

    Remember also, that you are talking about second/third generation swiss, French, Spanish...they are as European as you are and even more.

    You are completely off the mark....
  • John posted:

    on 30th November 2009, 20:48:18 - Reply

    I wouldn't bother at all. Here is a group of fervent religious individuals crying for freedom of worship. Can they tell us how many Cathedrals are raised up in Soud Arabia? If they cannot give Christians freedom of worship on Arab lands why should they feel offended when they are denied even the little like the Minaret!! Musilims should come back to their senses and no that much as Christians feel denied the liberty of worship in many middle eastern countries so should they!!