“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…” — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ~ Gates of Vienna
After the Ottoman sultan Fatih Mehmet conquered the Byzantine capital of Constantinople in May 1453, one of his first acts was to order a wooden minaret added to the 900-year-old church of Hagia Sophia to signal its conversion into a mosque. The temporary wooden minaret was soon rebuilt in stone and three others added for good measure. As Mehmet and his successors built other mosques in their new capital, Istanbul’s skyline came to be punctuated by dozens of slender, arrow-like minarets that gave the Ottoman capital a distinctive aspect and signaled to all that it was no longer the capital of Christian Byzantium but the new capital of an Islamic empire. ~ Saudi Aramco World
Standard Islamist protocol to enforce sharia limits on freedom of expression and speech: Oppose Islam in any way and you are a racist. Even though Islam is not a race.
GENEVA — Switzerland’s Federal Commission against Racism banned on Wednesday, October 7, a racially prejudiced poster, part of a campaign by a far-right party against the building of minarets in the central European country.
“The commission believes that this could threaten social cohesion and public peace,” it said in a statement cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has unveiled a campaign poster depicting a woman wearing a burka against a background of a Swiss flag upon which several minarets resembling missiles were erected.
“Stop! Yes for the ban on minarets,” read the French and German posters, referring to a referendum on minarets construction in November.
The government commission asserted that the posters “feed prejudices, are over-simplistic and presents Islam overall in an unfavorable manner.”
The cities of Basel and Lausanne earlier described the poster as racist and banned it in publicly-owned spaces.
One of Switzerland’s major media groups, Ringier, has said it will not publish the poster.
The Tages-Anzeiger and the free 20 Minuten dailies will also not carry it.
The SVP has collected more than 100,000 signatures to force a referendum on the issue of minaret after the Senate overwhelmingly rejected a ban proposal.
Its anti-minaret campaign has caused an outcry, with the government denouncing it as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
The centre-right Free Democratic Party (FDP) has also attacked the idea, saying it would only compound “unfounded” fears against the country’s Muslims.
Switzerland’s Roman Catholic bishops have urged voters to reject the proposed ban on minaret construction.
Amnesty International has blasted the proposed ban, warning the drive aims to exploit fears of Muslims and encourage xenophobia for political gains.
Update: Minarets Banned