Sunday, November 29, 2009

Europe Grows A Backbone
Finally...

Interesting vote projection out of Switzerland, here's some of it; (Emphasis and comments mine.)
Projection: Swiss vote to ban new minarets
By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS (AP)

GENEVA — Swiss voters approved a move to ban the construction of minarets in a Sunday vote on a right-wing initiative that labeled the mosque towers as symbols of militant Islam, projections by a widely respected polling institute showed.

The projections based on partial returns say Swiss swung from only 37 percent supporting the proposal a week ago to 59 percent in the actual voting.

Claude Longchamp, leader of the widely respected gfs.bern polling institute, said the projection contracted by state-owned DRS television forecasts approval of the initiative by more than half the country's 26 cantons, meaning it will become a constitutional amendment.

The nationalist Swiss People's Party describes minarets, the distinctive spires used in most countries for calls to prayer, as symbols of rising Muslim political and religious power that could eventually turn Switzerland into an Islamic nation.

"Forced marriages and other things like cemeteries separating the pure and impure — we don't have that in Switzerland, and we do not want to introduce it" said Ulrich Schlueer, co-president of the Initiative Committee to ban minarets.

The move by the People's Party, the country's largest party in terms of popular support and membership in parliament, is part of a broader European backlash against a growing Muslim population. It has stirred fears of violent reactions in Muslim countries and an economically disastrous boycott by wealthy Muslims who bank, shop and vacation in Switzerland. (Switerland did just fine for centuries without "wealthy moslems" to prop-up their economy. Can't they still?)

Taner Hatipoglu, president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Zurich, said, "The initiators have achieved something everyone wanted to prevent, and that is to influence and change the relations to Muslims and their social integration in a negative way." (You mean like the peaceful example of gang rape that moslem gangs have become famous for? They even have a word for it -- Tournante -- "take your turn".)

Hatipoglu said if in the long term the anti-Islam atmosphere continues, "Muslims indeed will not feel safe anymore." (Simply due to no more minarettes? Tough shit. Haul ass.)

The seven-member Cabinet that heads the Swiss government has spoken out strongly against the initiative, and local officials and rights defenders objected to campaign posters showing minarets rising like missiles from the Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman. (Of course.)

When the vote becomes official, I'll post the results.

3 Comments:

Blogger JLS said...

When are they going to fuel up the existing mineret rockets and hit the take off button?

11:39 AM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

The Swiss aren't part of the European Union either.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Which is to their great benefit. The Irish are likely to learn all too soon that they were better off outside the EU than in.

As an aside, it's pleasing to me that at least one major European political party is paying attention to what Shari'a actually proposes and imposes. Knowledge of Shari'a is the surest inoculation against jihadist lawfare.

3:27 PM  

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