November 30, 2009

Projection: Swiss vote to ban new minarets

By Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press Writer | November 29, 2009
GENEVA – Swiss voters approved a move to ban the construction of minarets in a Sunday vote on a right-wing initiative that labeled the mosque towers as symbols of militant Islam, projections by a widely respected polling institute showed. The projections based on partial returns say Swiss swung from only 37 percent supporting the proposal a week ago to 59 percent in the actual voting.

Claude Longchamp, leader of the widely respected gfs.bern polling institute, said the projection contracted by state-owned DRS television forecasts approval of the initiative by more than half the country's 26 cantons, meaning it will become a constitutional amendment.

The nationalist Swiss People's Party describes minarets, the distinctive spires used in most countries for calls to prayer, as symbols of rising Muslim political and religious power that could eventually turn Switzerland into an Islamic nation.

Muslims make up about 6 percent of Switzerland's 7.5 million people. Many Swiss Muslims are refugees from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Fewer than 13 percent practice their religion, the government says, and Swiss mosques do not broadcast the call to prayer outside their buildings.

"Forced marriages and other things like cemeteries separating the pure and impure — we don't have that in Switzerland, and we do not want to introduce it" said Ulrich Schlueer, co-president of the Initiative Committee to ban minarets.

The move by the People's Party, the country's largest party in terms of popular support and membership in parliament, is part of a broader European backlash against a growing Muslim population. It has stirred fears of violent reactions in Muslim countries and an economically disastrous boycott by wealthy Muslims who bank, shop and vacation in Switzerland.

Taner Hatipoglu, president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Zurich, said, "The initiators have achieved something everyone wanted to prevent, and that is to influence and change the relations to Muslims and their social integration in a negative way."

Hatipoglu said if in the long term the anti-Islam atmosphere continues, "Muslims indeed will not feel safe anymore."

The seven-member Cabinet that heads the Swiss government has spoken out strongly against the initiative, and local officials and rights defenders objected to campaign posters showing minarets rising like missiles from the Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman.

The People's Party has campaigned mainly unsuccessfully in previous years against immigrants with campaign posters showing white sheep kicking a black sheep off the Swiss flag and another with brown hands grabbing eagerly for Swiss passports.

The four minarets already attached to mosques in the country are not affected by the initiative.

Geneva's main mosque was vandalized Thursday when someone threw a pot of pink paint at the entrance. Earlier this month, a vehicle with a loudspeaker drove through the area imitating a muezzin's call to prayer, and vandals damaged a mosaic when they threw cobblestones at the building.


Anonymous said...

What will happen if we propose this in Ethiopia? Of course, this should not be done in Ethiopia. Rather they should reduce the volume of the sound that is produced in their mosque. It is very disturbing for people staying around mosques, In some areas they are affecting the whole town.

I also noticed in some area in Addis Ababa, where churches produce unnecessary loud sound.
As to me, it should be corrected.

eritrea said...

anany,what do u mean unnecessary loud sound of churchs? what about night club & music shop every corner of the city.any way ethiopia has deservd to shoutup loudly the name of God with a streching of her hands corner to corner. let me remind u that she serounded by counteless angeles & saints

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EthioMonitor said...

Greetings to DS!

When the Ottoman Turks took over Constantinople, the first thing they did was build Minarets around the famous "Hagia Sohia" Church.

Turkey's Prime minster, and ex-mayor to the “Capital under siege” of Orthodox Christianity, Constantinople (Istanbul), Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has visited Ethiopia several times, said that 'the mosques are our barracks, the minarets our bayonets, the domes our helmets, and the believers our soldiers.

The Christian population of Turkey was over 40% by the year 1900, during which over 1 million Armenian Christians, hundred of thousands of Greeks and other Orthodox Christians where exterminated by the then Muslim rulers of Turkey. Now, Turkey is regarded as the most secular Islamic state, where Christians are not allowed to build Churches, acquisition of estate, or even renovating their churches that have been there before the arrival of Islam in the Bosporus.

Every one can see it, that the current world is hijacked by Islam. One of the few nations that's capable of bringing an end to this madness is Ethiopia.

Ethiopians, practically were founders of Islam. The first Muezzin to wail from a Minaret was an Ethiopian. If it wasn't for Ethiopians who gave asylum and protection to the first Muslims, there would have been no Islam on the face of the earth. Ethiopians brought evil to the world, and it's only up to them to save the world, and even their own souls by doing the right thing.

In 1422 the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was again shut, and many Christians imprisoned and tortured.

And when in 1444 Pope Eugene IV preached a new crusade, primarily against the Turks, Christian shrines were desecrated, the Holy Sepulchre was with difficulty saved from destruction, and the Christians, especially the Latins, suffered violent persecution.

From this situation they were rescued, and the buildings were saved, by the Ethiopian King who threatened to pull down all mosques and kill all Muslims within his dominions if the Christians were not left in peace.

So, now, in this cowardly world, Ethiopian Christians again have a very good chance to correct the mistakes some of their ancestors made, and learn from history some of their other ancestors excelled in.

Anonymous said...

Selam All !
EthioMonitor: That is one good summary of the destructive history of Islam.

I don't think I agree with you when you say "Ethiopians brought evil to the world". Ethiopians just gave them(the first muslims) a place to live, hospitality, one Christian trait, we are supposed to care for the weak even though they believe in idols (Allah=Moon god) like the Muslim refugees.

But it is true we can be an instrument to save the world - spread WORD of the LORD and Savior of life - Christ's gospel.
But is there anyone listening ? Maybe not.
May God bless EOTC and Ethiopia.
Peace !


Anonymous said...

Very brave man!!!

this must be apply on all muslims

Every Country Needs A Leader Like This!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

Separately, Rudd angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote:

'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. '

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'...'

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

If you agree please SEND THIS ON and ON to as many people as you know

Nabute said...


This is very interesting video clip.(
Even some African's are being fascinated about the history of Ethiopian Orthodox Cristianity.
It is so sad to see 'Ethiopians' who claim to be orthodox but trying to surrender for western colonialism, knowingly and unknowingly.
I am so proud to be an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo follower.

Anonymous said...

ብዙ ብዙ ማውራት ይቻላል።
እውነታን ግን መቀየር ወይም ለመቀየር ማሰብ ከንቱ ልፋት ነው

የመስጊድ ሚናራ እንዳይኖረው መከልከሉን ማራገብ ለኢዩኦጵያውያን ሙስሊሞች ጥቅሙ ምን ሊሆን እንደሚችል አልተረዳሁም።
ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ መከልከል ፈልጋችሁ ከሆነ እስኪ ሞክሩ እና ውጤቱን እዩት።
አንድ ነገር ግን ልንገራችሁ?
በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥም ሆነ በሌላ ሃገር ያሉ መስጊዶች በቀን እና በሌሊት 5 ጊዜ ለ 5 እና ከዚያም በታች ለሆነ ደቂቃ ነው በማይክራፎን ድምጽ የሚያሰሙ።
እስኪ የ እናንተን ቤተክርስቲያን ለመታዘብ ሞክሩ...ቀኑን ሙሉ ማለት ይቻልል....ቄሶች ሲደክማቸው ..ካሴት በማስገባት በጆሯችን ላይ ሲዘመር ሲቀደስ ይውላል...ታዲያ ይህ ፌር ነው?
በአመት 366 ቀን አመት በአል አድርጋችሁ በሁሉም ቀን ይቀደሳል፡ይዘመራል....።
በ በአል ቀናት የመስራት ያለመስራቱ ጉዳይ በሃገር ኢኮኖሚ ላይ የሚያውለው ተጽ እኖ መቸም አይካድም።ሙስሊሞች በበአል ቀን ባይሰሩ ኖሮ ኢትዮጵውያን ምን አይነት ችግር ውስጥ ሊገቡ እንደሚችሉ መገመት አያዳግትም።
ወደ ማጠቃለያው ስመጣ እናንተ ለኢስላም ጥላቻ ያላችሁ የአጼ ቅሪቶች....እባካችሁ ተንጫጩ....ምክንያቱም ውሾች ከመጮህ ግመሏም ከመጓዝ አላቋረጠችም እና!!!
የኢትዮጵያን ሙስሊሞች ከሃገሪቱ ነዋሪ 62% በሆኑበት በአሁኑ ወቅት በትእግስት ኑሮ እና እምነታቸውን እያጣጣሙ ይገኛሉ።
የኦርቶዶክስ አክራሪዎች እና መስቀለኞች ሰላማቸውን ለመንሳት ደፋ ቀና ቢሊም አልተሳካላቸውም....ባይገራችሁ አይሳካላችሁም...:
እናም በርቱ......አቅም ሲደክም እራስ ይከብዳል እና አቅማችሁ ስድብ ብቻ ስለሆነ በ እየሱስ ስም በወንጌል ስም በጌታ ስም አማኝ ነኝ እያላችሁ ግብረገብነት በጎደለው መልኩ ኢስላም እና ሙስሊሞችን ስትዘልፉ እና ስትሳደቡ ይኸው መአቱ በ እናንተ ወረደባችሁ፡ልብ ለልብ ላትገናኙ ተከፋፍላችሁ ተበታተናችሁ።
እኛ ግን እንድትበታተኑ አንመኝም።
ትናንት አበው እያላችሁ የምታቆላምጣቸውን የሃይማኖት አባት ስታብጠለጥሏቸው በአይናችን ጉድ አየን በጆሮአችን ጉድ ሰማን።
ይህ እጆቻችሁ ያስቀደሙት የመጥፎ ስራ ውጤት ነው።
ምን ጊዜም ቢሆን ለንዋይ ያደረ እምነት እባና የለውም።
እስኪ ወደ መስጊድ ሂዱ ወይም ጠይቁ
የአሰጋጅ ደመወዝ ከ300 ብር አይበልጥም።
ያም ሆኖ ፒስ ነው ሰላም ነው።
የ እናንተው ከ3000 እስከ 60.000ሽ በወር ደመወዝ እየተበላ የቤተክርስቲያን ጧፍ እና የምጽዋት ገንዘብ በግለሰብ ካዝና እየገባ ፎቅ እየተገነባበት በ እምነት ስብ በግ ለምድ ለብሶ ማታለሉ ቢበቃችሁ ይሻላል
በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የሃይማኖት ጦርነት መላስነሳት እየተፍጨረጨራችሁ ነው።
ለነገሩ ጦርነቱ አይነሳም ።ቢነሳም ከሳሪዎች እናንተ ናችሁ።
ሙስሊሙ ሳይደርስባችሁ እርስ በ እስር ትፋጃላችሁ።
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