SWITZERLAND: BISHOPS, REFERENDUM ON MINARETS "UNDERMINES THE COEXISTENCE OF RELIGIONS"

The Swiss bishops have expressed their strong disagreement with the decision taken yesterday by the Swiss who approved the ban on the construction of new minarets by a large majority. The referendum on the proposal to modify the constitution promoted by right-wing conservatives was approved by 57.5% of voters. "According to the bishops – as stated in a declaration signed by the communication spokesman of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference Walter Müller –, this referendum represents both an obstacle and a threat to the integration process based on dialogue and mutual respect. We failed to make people understand that the ban on the construction of minarets does not contribute to the establishment of a sound coexistence between religions and cultures. On the contrary, it undermines it. The electoral campaign, with its exaggerations, conveyed the message that religious peace does not exist by itself and must be always protected". "The positive outcome of the referendum – continued Müller in his statement – only aggravates the problems of coexistence between religions and cultures". (continued)

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