Congratulations Switzerland. You join an elite club, comprised of apartheid-era South Africa, and present day Israel.
While the ban on minarets pales in comparison to the discrimination suffered by the native populations of Palestine and South Africa, make no mistake, this is racism.
Will church spires be banned? Or perhaps idols on temples? No, this is a dig at Muslims, the easy target.
Much has been made of France, where women are not free to choose what they wear – but that is a very different case. Although the law may have been dreamt up to ban the burqa, it affects all religious symbols, and is consistent with France’s obsessive secular nature. And don’t forget, many Muslim countries have similar restrictions on the hijab or burqa (Tunisia and Turkey come to mind).
No, what Switzerland has done is in a league of its own. Neutral, fair-playing Switzerland has banned a few bricks because Muslims happen to pray in the building beneath those bricks.
And the thing that makes me most upset is that this wasn’t a radical right-wing government which passed the law, despite howls of protest. It was a majority vote in a referendum of the Swiss people. Shame on this thuggish majority targeting a tiny minority.
It really is open season on Muslims.