THE Swiss are not known for making global headlines. Like the way they run their banks, they prefer the conservative and low-key approach to handling any issue.
But they have suddenly been condemned worldwide for their decision to ban the building of minarets on mosques.
The decision, backed by the country’s far right Swiss People’s Party, is as good as banning the construction of mosques.
The advocates of this policy have equated minarets to Islamisation, with caricatures on posters showing the physical similarities between minarets and missiles.
They also argued that minarets were incompatible with the country’s political and legal systems as mosques advocated the imposition of Syariah laws.
The controversy started in the small town of Langenthal when its community of 750 Muslims applied for permission to add a minaret to its mosque. The town, with a population of 14,500, has 11 churches.
Read the rest of my column published in The Sunday Star today, here.