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Swiss mosque minaret ban is tragic legislation


"A darker, closeted, national trait that must also be present within their widely respected architectural culture." Are you joking? This was not a vote by Swiss architects, it was a vote by the Swiss people as a whole. You really think the UK is the most pluralist and absorbent culture in Europe? Well, Switzerland comprises people of four different languages (all of which are official) and more than every fifth person living in Switzerland is a foreigner. Muslims might be small in numbers but they amount to 4,3% of the total population which is much higher than in the UK. Obviously, a majority of people are uncomfortable with that. As a Swiss I am deeply disappointed and embarrassed by the outcome of this vote. However, the reason why every now and then you find it hard to explain yourself to the world is because we actually get to vote on every little detail on the political agenda. No offense, but I have lived in the UK long enough to have a pretty good idea what the outcome of a similar vote would be in this country.

Posted date

3 December, 2009

Posted time

1:51 pm