Underscoring yesterday’s post about the dangers of religious conflict, per the BBC, we learn that Switzerland voted, by referendum, to ban the construction of minarets, an iconic feature of Islamic architecture used in daily calls to prayer. The notion that this will “solve” the “problem” of “Islamization” in Switzerland is ridiculous, in its whole, and at every subsidiary part. The majority shouldn’t delude itself into thinking this is anything but what it is: oppression of a resurgent minority, sure to inflame an avoidable conflict about the nature, and adaptability, of European democracy.
Say what you will about America’s many, frequently serious problems: this could not happen here, no matter how desperately some of our countrymen may wish for it. Immigration and an influx of different cultures rarely become the existential threats to society that they’re so often billed as. But, should it come to that, there’s a middle road between accommodation and all-out conflict, which this ban does seem to forbode. Our Constitution commands us to find that middle road; that Switzerland declined to rise to the same challenge is a stain on their history.