Swiss nationalists vote on banning Muslim minarets

A campaign led by the right-wing populists of the Swiss people’s party, is seeking to enshrine a constitutional ban on minarets. The initiative received more than enough votes to warrant a referendum on the issue – 15,000 more than the 100,000 signatures needed. People’s party lawmaker Walter Wobmann defended the move, saying “many recognize in this a further step in the creeping Islamization of Switzerland.” Opponents of the proposition say that it would violate the religious freedom of the more than 300,000 Muslims in Switzerland. Henri-Mazine Khedoud, spokesperson for the Swiss Association of Muslims for Secularism said that he is confident the motion will be rejected. No date has been set for the referendum.

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