Banyak poenduduk asli Eropa merasa keki dg umat Islam yg tinggal di
tengah2 mereka. Mereka tidak berterima kasih malahan ngelunjak - selalu
meminta diistimewakan. Hal yg membuat penduduk kurang senang dg mereka
ini ialkah kenyataan bhw pendatang Muslim itu biasanya tidak mempunyai
skills yg bisa menghidupi mereka. Jadi banyak di antara mereka yg
hidupnya tergantung pd Social Security ato santunan dari Dep. Sosial yg
mnrt hukum harus menyediakan tempat tinggal dan income bagi penduduknya.
Selain itu banyak kejahatan yg dilakukan oleh kelompok pendatang a.l.
dlm pelecehan seksuil dan pemerkosaan.
Pemerintah Switzerland mendpt desakan kuat dari sebagian penduduknya yg
tidak mau meliat minaret (masjid) di tengah2 mereka dan juga tidak mau
diganggu dg panggilan adzan yg di-amplified dg loudspeakers.
Di Italy (Utara) banyak penduduk yg bahkan menginginkan agar tidak
diperbolehkan didirikannya masjid lagi. Hal ini tentunya bertentangan dg
hukum kebebasan beragama yg berlaku di negara2 kafir. Kebebasan yg
dimanfaatkan oleh umat Islam to the hilt. Cilakanya negara2 Islami tidak
mempunyai hukum yg serupa sehingga mereka meskipun selalu mengharapkan
diberi kebebasan melakukan ibadah dan mendirikan masjid, tapi tidak mau
memberikan kebebasan kpd umat Kristiani di negara2 Islami tsb.
Bagi sebagian besar umat Islam freedom of religion is and tolerance is
ONE WAY - yg selalu mereka manfaatkan, tapi mereka belagak pilon dan
tidak mau mengakui bhw toleransi adalah a TWO WAY STREET. Kalo keadaan
spt ini terus berlangsung mungkin saja negara2 Barat akan memperlakukan
umat Islam spt umat Kristiani dierlakukan di sebagian besar negara
Swiss to vote on minaret building ban Swiss nationalists have
forced a nationwide referendum on whether to ban the construction of
minarets where Muslims issue the call to prayer.
By Daily Telegraph reporter
Last Updated: 12:44PM BST 09 Jul 2008
[Ulrich Schluer of the Swiss National Party stacks boxes containing a
signed petition to ban the building of minarets in Switzerland]
A Swiss National Party official stacks boxes containing the
controversial petition outside the parliament building in Bern
If approved the proposal would clash with Switzerland's constitutionally
protected right to freedom of religion.
The Interior Ministry said it received a proposal on Tuesday with more
than the required 100,000 signatures.
It was submitted by members of the nationalist Swiss People's Party and
the fringe Federal Democratic Union, who say they are acting to fight
the political spread of Islam. They argue that the minaret is a symbol
of political and religious claim to power rather than a mere religious
People's party lawmaker Walter Wobmann defended the move, saying the
authorization for constructing a minaret in Winterthur near Zurich and
pending requests in three other Swiss towns have exceeded the limits of
many Swiss people's tolerance.
"Many recognize in this a further step in the creeping Islamization of
Switzerland," he said.
It's not the first time the People's Party has ignited a provocative
campaign. Recently they embarked on an anti-immigrant initiative,
complete with posters showing a black sheep being kicked off a Swiss
flag and dark hands grabbing at a pile of Swiss passports.
Swiss voters last month, however, overwhelmingly rejected their proposal
to make it harder for foreigners to gain citizenship.
Still, construction of traditional mosques and minarets in European
countries has rarely been a trouble-free affair. Sweden, France, Italy,
Austria, Greece, Germany and Slovenia are among the countries which have
experienced opposition or protests against such projects.
In Cologne, Germany, plans to expand the city's Ditib Mosque and
complete it with dome and two 54-meter-tall (177-feet-tall) minarets,
have triggered an angry response from right-wing groups and the city's
Roman Catholic Archbishop.
Slovenia's Constitutional Court in 2004 banned a move to hold a
referendum on the building of a mosque.
Switzerland's unique system of grass roots democracy allows political
hard-liners to take the issue further than in other European countries,
where constitutional courts or governments have blocked moves against
mosques and minarets. Any Swiss citizen who collects 100,000 signatures
within 18 months can put a popular initiative to a nationwide vote.
No date has been set for the referendum. If it is approved, the Swiss
parliament must pass a law enshrining a construction ban in the
Minarets are tall spires typically built next to mosques where religious
leaders call the faithful to prayer. There are currently only two
minarets in the country, attached to mosques in Zurich and Geneva.
Neither is used for calls to prayer.
Opponents of a construction ban say it would violate religious freedom.
More than 310,000 of Switzerland's 7.5 million people are Muslims,
according to the Federal Statistical Office.
A United Nations expert on racism, Doudou Diene, says the campaign is
evidence of an "ever-increasing trend" toward anti-Islamic actions in
The Swiss government is concerned about the impact the referendum will
have on its international image. Swiss President Pascal Couchepin said
the government will recommend that voters reject the proposed ban. Other
members of Switzerland's cross-party government have also spoken out
against the ban.
Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey has warned that the anti-minaret
initiative would lead to a security risk for Switzerland because it
could spark Muslim's anger.
Henri-Maxime Khedoud, spokesman for the Swiss Association of Muslims for
Secularism, said that although the Swiss mosques don't really need
minarets, the initiative was an attack against Muslims and contrary to
the freedom of everyone to practice his faith.