Are Minarets the ‘Bayonets of Islam’?

Recent events in Switzerland have sparked a big debate. Here is just one I found online…

In a public gathering in 1998, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the ruling Islamist party and current Prime Minister of Turkey, recited: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…

These words earned him a conviction and minor jail-term for inciting religious hatred.

Taken from Erdogan’s recitation or not, the phrase, minarets our bayonets, it appears, has caught the Swiss with alarm amidst its rising Muslim populations.

 In a referendum on Sunday, 29 November 2009, some 58% of Swiss voters backed a ban of minarets on mosque-tops in Switzerland on the ground that it’s a symbol of political domination in Islam, which threatens the secular nature of the Swiss society, since there is no separation of religion and politics in Islam.

Read more from Right Side News.

Articles I publish here from other publications that I come across via Google search do not necessarily represent my views. I place them here for the purpose of interest and debate around the broad subject of Byzantium or related issues. Nothing more. TS 6 Dec 2009
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