Dec. 2, 2009
So: the people of Switzerland, by a roughly three-to-two margin, have decided to prevent the erection of any more minarets (not mosques, mind you, just minarets) in their traditionally Christian country.
Switzerland, whose national flag features a cross (odd - the Saudi flag features a scimitar), is weary of having minarets popping up in their quiet towns and suburbs. A European country with a unique culture and thousand-year old architectural tradition disliking the insinuation of Islamic structures into its neighborhoods - go figure ...
Now, that amorphous entity, the "international community," is up in arms. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is condemning "the anti-foreigner scare mongering which has characterized political campaigns in a number of countries including Switzerland." Anti-foreigner? Or cultural self-protection?
Of course, any true religious or ethnic bigotry is morally wrong. All persons are made in the image and likeness of God and should be free to worship as they wish. But no group has the right to enter a host culture and demand conformity to its traditions. That's aggressive, insulting and insensitive.
Why is it unacceptable for Europeans not to want their countries Islamicized? Muslims are now in Europe in significant numbers, but they are almost entirely unharrassed. Yet not a single Christian church exists in Saudi Arabia. Christians in Islamic countries often are attacked, discriminated against (Christians and Jews are often paid only half of their Muslim counterparts, per the command of the Quran) and prevented from free and open worship. Go to Voice of the Martyrs and see for yourself.
Count the crosses in the Islamic world. Read about the anti-Semitic rhetoric of many Islamic groups in Europe. Consider the repression of, and frequent violence against, Christians in Muslim-dominant nations. Add up the "fatwas" against Muslims who dare convert to faith in Jesus.
Then ask me to worry about the Swiss vote on minarets. Just don't hold your breath.