Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mob rule at its ugliest.

Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote 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 hurt Switzerland's international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.

"The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights," said Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria, which said its reaction was "grief and deep disappointment.";_ylt=AtwrweNvYfy7APARQaWRbNJ0bBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTMwcWQ1bmdiBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMTI5L2V1X3N3aXR6ZXJsYW5kX21pbmFyZXRfYmFuBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl9wYWdpbmF0ZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA3N3aXNzYmFubW9zcQ--

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