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Jewish group, ADL, slams Swiss ban on minarets

Anti-Defamation League urges Switzerland's government to be vigilant in its commitment to ensuring freedom of religion

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday urged the Swiss government to be vigilant in its commitment to ensuring freedom of religion, following a Swiss popular referendum that amended its constitution to ban the construction of minarets.



ADL National Chair Robert G. Sugarman and ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman issued a statement saying, "On November 29, the Swiss Muslim community fell victim to a populist political campaign of religious intolerance, led by the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP). The Swiss government opposed the initiative during the campaign and underscored its commitment to religious freedom in a statement after the vote.



In the statement, the Jewish group urged the Swiss government "to be vigilant in its defense of religious freedom, even though the SVP is the largest party in the Swiss Parliament and has two of the seven government ministries.






"The Federation of Swiss Jewish Communities (FSJC) clearly stated its opposition to the initiative before the vote and expressed its disappointment at the result," the statement added.



According to ADL, "This is not the first time a Swiss popular vote has been used to promote religious intolerance. A century ago, a Swiss referendum banned Jewish ritual slaughter in an attempt to drive out its Jewish population. We share the FSJC’s stated concern that those who initiated the anti-minaret campaign could try to further erode religious freedom through similar means."


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Added: Dec-6-2009 Occurred On: Dec-1-2009
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  • 1.
    urging the goverment wont do you any good. the people decided, thats how it is going to be.

    2.
    Muslims are allowed to build mosques, you do NOT need a tower to exercise your religion, not all churches have towers and not even in the middle east do all mosques have a minarets.

    3. the Jewish ritual slaughter was outlawed because it goes against our Animal protection laws, Jewish stores, or stores in general, that wish to carry Kosher meat can just import it from surrounding countrys.
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    • What do the Swiss people have against minarets? Sure, it doesn't match the local architecture. But it doesn't violate animal protection laws. I have a hard time imagining any real reason that doesn't amount to dislike of Muslims.

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    • Part right, I feel. The best food is the freshest food, kosher, halal, Chinese, or other. Of course, nations which are coastal don't need to worry about importing fresh foods (other than veggies). However, if the Swiss have laws preventing the handling of fresh meat, fish, poultry, then it is to their disadvantage, but it is still the law, which is either enforced, ignored, or changed or adhered to.
      Minarets are just a way for muslims to brag and exploit their in-your-face religious expressio More..

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  • The ADL trying to tell the Swiss about freedom of religion, lmao! Fuck the ADL... They have continually attacked western heritage and values. They insinuate that the Christian Bible should not be read in public as it contains hate speech; and they had Christians arrested on hate crime laws for reading a phrase of the Bible that taught against homosexuality... Fuck the ADL and kick out duel citizenship traitors and infiltrators...

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  • Go Swiss!

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  • "On November 29, the Swiss Muslim community fell victim to a populist political campaign of religious intolerance, led by the far-right Swiss People%u2019s Party (SVP)"

    typical adl disinformation. the svp is the biggest party in switzerland and isn't "far right" at all. conservative, yes, but there is a difference.

    regardless of whether or not one agrees with this measure, the people have spoken in a way in which they are prevented from doing at the national/federal level i More..

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    • Direct democracy is not perfect - it's reliant on an honest media. Just look at the climate change BS for example. At the moment a majority of people are convinced that man-made global warming is real. This is due mainly to media misinformation.

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    • aye, not perfect. but show me a perfect system and i'll grant you a wish.

      its better than representative democracy hands down, which also relies on an honest media.

      more than that though, it relies on an informed public.

      while it can be argued that in turn is dependant on the media, i think its more on the shoulders on the proponents or opponents of a particular issue to get their point accross, by hook or by crook.

      it can be argued that people are too dumb to make their own decisions, or More..

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    • The media is where people learn most things about current events.

      And our guns haven't been taken away.

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  • pfft fuck the adl and abe foxman. these dumb bastards insist on pushing their beliefs on everyone and always got their big noses stuck in other peoples affairs.

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  • HAHAHAHA! Don't you love it when the people speak!

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  • I agree with Marlboro. Minarets are not Mosques. Its a eyesore. And don't say that they all go on this tower so that they can be closer to God. Looks like little rockets to me anyway.

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  • These bloody Jews can't stand not being the centre of attention can they. Here we go again playing the fucking martyr when it's nothing to do with them.

    BTW In the West it's the people who hold the power not the government. They are just employees, no matter what they may wish to think.

    That's just the way it is.

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  • let the swiss decide what is best for the swiss... and so on....

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  • Let's take it a step further and ban the teaching of lies called any religion, period. Let's make laws protecting our children from mind control and the implanting of exclusionary, dangerous delusions of imaginary gods and the self-serving creeds of their priests, rabbis and imams.
    Just a thought.

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  • The Swiss people decided, that said-religeous freedom, might just be the problem...
    I don't entirely disagree.
    Let's see, if the Swiss know what they're doing.. As they have, in the past...

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  • We need a limit on churches. Theres a church on every block in my city, id say at least 100 churches. Its retarded

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