No Fingers Weaving Quick Minarets
You’ve seen this news, I imagine:
Swiss voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise move that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.
Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as biased and anti-Islamic. Business groups said the decision hurts Switzerland’s international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.
The entire world is condemning the result, and I certainly don’t support the action. I do, however, support the right of the Swiss to take it.
A point of intolerable repression exists, of course, but if we cannot distinguish banning a particular type of religious structure from, say, unjust imprisonment, then relativism has numbed our moral senses. People have a right to shape their communities, and they have a right to differ on the appropriate means of preserving their cultures.