29 Nov 2009
'The Geneva Mosque was vandalised on Thursday when someone threw a pot of pink paint at the entrance.
Earlier this month, a vehicle with a loudspeaker drove through the area imitating a muezzin's call to prayer and vandals damaged a mosaic when they threw cobble stones at the building.
Rights' defenders have raised vocal objections to the campaign posters, which show minarets rising like missiles from the Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman.
Minarets are typically built next to mosques for religious leaders to call the faithful to prayer, but they are not used for that in Switzerland.'
Looks sadly like the xenophobes have won the vote at least according to exit polls http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/11/2009112912250816889.html
It looks like a scary white country.
Islam has been demonised, which of course will be helpful to those who want to promote hatred.
I guess Bin Laden and the Swiss People Party will both be celebrating.
Islam is as European as it gets, think of Spain as a Muslim country, an oasis of tolerance and culture in the 14th century.
Also depressing because many Muslims in Switzerland were literally forced out of the former Yugoslavia by bigots who burnt mosques.
Saudi Arabia bans churchs which is appalling, looks like Switerland wants to ban mosques, banning places of religious worship is wrong!
Its a historical accident that much of Europe isn't Muslim, Jesus wasn't born in Berne, in a different history one can imagine Christians being attacked as non European.
Incidentally all the people of the book share the old testament and the same God, so it would be nice if they practicised tolerance.
Posted by Derek Wall at 3:13 pm