Swiss minarets

What an odd bunch the Swiss are. 59% have voted in favour of banning minarets. I can’t quite see why banning minarets is deemed the same as cracking down on “Islamisation” (whatever the hell that is) and it seems that the SVP’s agenda is one of more-or-less overt racism under the guise of preserving the Swiss identity. Hello? Canton system?

It’s even odder considering the size and apparent impact of the Muslim community: “Switzerland has about 300,000-400,000 Muslims in a population of about 7.5m. Most are from the Balkans and few are practising” (per the FT today).

A petty and mean-spirited decision. Is this one of the reasons why they are ‘gnomes’?

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