One of the most beautiful examples of Muslim art & architecture in the world, the Taj Mahal in India, has four of them:
After watching a BBC report this morning, my initial thoughts were: if their nation have democratically voted on this, why have they done so, what's the reasoning behind this, could it be to protect a skyline which at present is a bastion to Christendom In Europe?. Or, is it because they fear that the take up of the Muslim religion in Switzerland, like everywhere in Europe is escalating at a very rapid pace?. I then saw this poster flash up on the BBC report...
This red and black poster is real (German Nazi campaign posters used red & black also), it's use was widespread all across Switzerland as part of a campaign to gather votes during the referendum. The poster in question shows a Muslim woman in a traditional Burka, and a Swiss flag with minarets that resemble missiles springing from it. I find the poster somewhat shocking, simply because this is Switzerland we're talking about, a country who I believed previous to this were very much like the Holland - an open all embracing society.
Here in the UK we now have firm laws about inciting religious hatred, no such poster could ever have been allowed to frequent our transport system in the way that this poster has done in Switzerland. I find it astounding that the Swiss government allowed such a poster, sure, allow a poster to call for a ban and let your nation decide, but to allow a poster which seems to incite religious hatred, fear and mistrust....
Libya's leader in reaction to the ban, has withdrawn vast sums money (Libya is oil rich) out of the numerous Swiss bank accounts his government had. The exportation of all Libyan oil has also now ceased. He's also said the following:
“a country of infidels who have destroyed Allah’s house”
“The masses of Muslims around the world must go to all airports in the Islamic world and prevent any Swiss plane landing, to all our harbours and prevent any Swiss ships docking, inspect all our shops and markets to stop a single Swiss good from being sold.”
"Let us wage jihad against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression"
"Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Muhammad, God and the Koran."
On a much lighter note ^^, does anyone else think Colonel Gaddafi looks like The Cowboy from Inner Space :). Whenever I see him I always think about that film, and Back to the Future.