|Tariq Ramadan in the Guardian's Comment is Free reflects on the outcome of the Swiss referendum to ban the building of new minarets.|
'For the first time since 1893 an initiative that singles out one community, with a clear discriminatory essence, has been approved in Switzerland.
'The minarets are but a pretext – the UDC (Union Démocratique du Centre) wanted first to launch a campaign against the traditional Islamic methods of slaughtering animals but were afraid of testing the sensitivity of Swiss Jews, and instead turned their sights on the minaret as a suitable symbol.'
Read the article here.
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