Switzerland votes to ban pointy towers

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Switzerland has voted to ban the construction of Minarets in a national referendum.

They have an excellent system in Switzerland – one that Lord Pearson has made a key policy for UKIP – where a petition with 100,000 signatures calling for a referendum has to be acted on by the government.  This particular referendum was arranged by the Swiss Peoples’ Party.

The Swiss government is opposed to the ban, mainly because they’re shitting themselves that the “muslim community” is going to kick off.  The Swiss Justice Minister, speaking on behalf of approximately nobody but herself, said it’s “not a rejection of the Muslim community, religion or culture”.

Bizarrely, Amnesty International said that the ban on minarets is a violation of muslims’ rights to freedom of expression.  Presumably Amnesty International can point to the bit in the Koran that compels muslims to build big pointy towers painted in garish colours?  Or alternatively they could just shut the fuck up and stop interfering in the democratic process.

A self-appointed muslim leader in Switzerland, Tamir Hadjipolu, claims that the ban on building pointy towers will lead to the “muslim community” living in fear.

There are 400,000 muslims in Switzerland and Islam is the second largest religion in the country, yet there are only four minarets in Switzerland and almost every application to build a new one is rejected.  The ban is unlikely to achieve much other than a ban on something that is already effectively banned anyway but the important thing is that it’s what the Swiss people want.

The bad news is, you’re going to have to wait until we get a UKIP government to get the same access to democracy that the Swiss get and unless people start voting for who they believe in rather than the party they think has the best chance of beating the party they most want to lose we’re going to be stuck with the current shamocracy for some time.


  1. axel (1214 comments) says:

    they will be banning Holy Cheese next

    good on them

  2. axel (1214 comments) says:

    were they banned becuse of anti muslim sentiment or were they banned because they contravene some arcane nazi jew gold hoarding archtechural law?

    We have a big mosque up here, in scotland and there were all sorts of complaints about it until they pointed out some of the archetectural abortions that had been allowed up already. 15 years later it looks nice, like some kind of weirdo catholic wee boy loving catholic site

  3. jameshigham (87 comments) says:

    Well done to the Swiss.

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