Nov 29 2009
Today, Switzerland’s direct democracy permitted a clause banning new construction of minarets in Switzerland to be added to the Swiss constitution. That’s right. It happened. See the Swiss news story in English here. See where it’s made the homepage of the New York Times here.
I wrote about the nasty and offensive campaign a few weeks ago. I started seeing a counter-campaign, which included many of the people I know, which gave hope. Not to mention the government’s outright disapproval. But, it passed just the same. To everyone’s supposed surprise.
It’s like Switzerland’s Prop 8. It’s easier to motivate people to fight injustice afterward…but it probably would have been better to mobilize the populace against minaret bans before it came into law. Disappointing. At least our canton of Vaud and the one in which I attend school, Geneva, were two among the four who voted against.
Take that, minority rights.
Here’s the cantonal breakdown: .
There were demonstrations against the vote tonight in Bern and Zurich, including the raising of make-shift minarets:
(“integrate rather than exclude”)