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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Guess who's boycotting Switzerland

This is rich. The Kingdom of Darkness, which confiscates bibles, crucifixes and Stars of David from tourists, is boycotting Switzerland over its ban on new minarets.
A number of religious figures in Saudi Arabia called to boycott Switzerland and withdraw all Muslim deposits from bank accounts in the country in protest against the Swiss referendum that banned building new minarets.

The UAE-based newspaper al-Bayan reported that religious moderator Khaled al-Shamrani called for afar-reaching boycott on all good and products originating in Switzerland. He also called upon Muslims to avoid traveling to the country. Religious figure Ahmed al-Hassan called wealthy Muslims to withdraw their deposits from Swiss banks.
Phyllis Chesler points out that Arab Muslim countries don't allow churches or synagogues to be built at all (and in most cases do not allow Jews to become citizens), which make the Saudis hypocritical to put it mildly. She says that it's time to demand reciprocity.
The Islamic world does not allow new synagogues or churches to be built. Either at all — or without great difficulty. (Yes, certain Muslim countries may now “restore” synagogues as museums. There are no or very few Jews left and the synagogues are not fully functioning places of worship.) Further: Muslim fundamentalists currently persecute, torture, and murder those Christians who dare remain in the Middle East, and they kidnap, forcibly convert, and “marry” their very young daughters.

It is time to demand — or at least to expect — reciprocity. Otherwise, we are really being racist in having one (higher) standard for Westerners and another (much lower) standard for the barbarians.

Granted: The West is not as barbaric and intolerant as the Islamic world; we do not willingly wish to become intolerant. Yet, tolerating the intolerant is unwise, or as the Jewish sages tell us: Being kind to the cruel results in cruelty to the kind.

Thus, if there can be no churches or synagogues built in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. — then why should the Swiss or the Europeans allow new, blockbuster size mosques, and sound-splitting loudspeakers emanating from minarets?

Why indeed?

By the way, Saudi Arabia is not the only Muslim country that confiscates religious artifacts from tourists: So does 'secular' Jordan.


At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to have this information. I did a post on the banning of the minarets and also a couple on the state of the Muslim takeover of Europe. http://samandimp.wordpress.com

At 4:33 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its time to insist Muslim countries extend to minorities full religious rights and freedoms. That should not remain a one-way street, where they get to enjoy the benefits of the West's tolerance while denying it to non-Muslims at home. Europe should send that message, but regrettably, won't.

And this story of the Saudis, who have no religious freedom in their own country, boycotting Switzerland over its minaret ban, is rich.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

Perhaps if more countries adopted the the same kind of religious policies as the Muslim countries .... (no Islamic books, signs, symbols or formal places of worship, etc. allowed) and then offer to alter our policies to match any changes in theirs ...? That seemed to work a little during the cold war years.

But, of course, that will not happen. We still need/want their oil.


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