Look Who’s Talking
Last week, the Swiss electorate voted in favor of a ban on the construction of any more minarets in their Alpine homeland. That has to be seen as a serious infringement on civic rights, not to mention an indication of widespread xenophobia in the Swiss populace.
The political establishment in Bern, which had expected the SVP-sponsored proposal to be rejected, was shocked by the result of the referendum, and foreign minister Micheline Calmy-Rey was afraid that it could endanger Switzerland or Swiss interests.
She appears to have been correct.
The regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran has now reacted, and in a statement Calmy-Rey’s Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, harshly criticized the ban and threatened Switzerland with “consequences” if the will of the people be respected:
“Values such as tolerance, dialogue and respecting others’ religions should never be put to referendum.”
Entry filed under: Politics.