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ECHR refuses to rule against Swiss minaret ban

ECHR refuses to rule against Swiss minaret ban

Europe’s rights court on Friday rejected two cases brought by Muslims against Switzerland’s constitutional ban on the construction of new minarets.

The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights said it would not consider the cases because the plaintiffs “cannot claim to be ‘victims’ of a violation” of the European Convention on Human Rights, which the court enforces.

One of the cases was brought by a former spokesman for the mosque of Geneva and the other by a number of Swiss Muslim associations.

Switzerland held a referendum in November 2009 in which citizens voted to ban the construction of new minarets, a move that drew criticism worldwide. The vote inserted a new line in the Swiss constitution stipulating that “the construction of minarets is forbidden”.

The plaintiffs had said the ban violated their religious rights, but judges in Strasbourg said they had not proven the ban “had any concrete effect” on the plaintiffs.

As the plaintiffs could not prove they planned to imminently erect a mosque with a minaret, they could not show they were subject to any discrimination, the judges said. “The simple fact that this could be the case in the near or far future is not, in the eyes of the court, sufficient” to warrant the examination of the cases, the judges said.

The Strasbourg court is due to consider three more cases on the minaret ban.

AFP, 8 July 2011

See also “Strasbourg minaret ruling causes no surprise”, Swissinfo, 6 July 2011

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  1. Rings of Islamaphobia…..like the banning of Shari’a Law in the U.S. When will those same politicians proposing those same bans proposed the banning of Cannon Law or any other religious-based laws?

    Seems blatantly apparent that those European judges are Islamaphobic as well.

  2. The reason that there is no move to ban Cannon law and other types of religious law is because Muslims are unique in attempting to impose their religious law on people not of their religion. Examples of Muslim intolerance are the worldwide riots over the Muhammad cartoons. In which Muslims rioted because non-Muslims in a secular country drew cartoons. You have the case of a Christian mother of five children sentenced to death in Pakistan for comments she supposedly made about Muhammad. There have also been attempts by Muslims through the OIC to limit free speech about Islam in non-Muslim countries in attempt to impose shariah law.These aggressive attempts to impose religion and suppress liberty and freedom are why shariah is dangerous and deserves to place in secular societies.

  3. Swiss are Islamophobes and they earned the right to the title after what Muslims did before 9/11, on 9/111 and after 9/11, 7/7 and many more.

  4. That should read

    ….shariah is dangerous and deserves NO place in secular societies.

  5. As a non-Muslim woman, I do not fear minarets or Sharia law. I believe I have more to fear from fundamentalist Christian groups and their churches who group together and boycott the funerals of fallen US war heroes than I do from my Muslim neighbors who have never, ever, bothered me in the least.

    I have more to fear from fundamentalist Christians who go out of their way to stir up trouble by threatening to burn copies of the Koran, knowing it will incite violence towards their fellow countrymen, and the same with those who draw cartoons of Mohammed.

    People who throw stones at bee hives or sleeping grizzly bears, then scream about the swarms of bees or the mauling by bears are simply childish idiots with nothing better to do than upset others and jump up and down and scream about it. What good have they done? None whatsoever. By creating trouble and bad feelings where none need to exist, they have harmed us all, themselves included, and they are too stupid to realize it.

  6. “The reason that there is no move to ban Cannon law and other types of religious law is because Muslims are unique in attempting to impose their religious law on people not of their religion. ”

    Now – where are Muslims doing that, Hera? Not in the Netherlands…”Islamisation” is a hateful myth peddled by Geert Wilders.
    Name me ONE place in the Western world where Muslims are imposing anything on anybody else….
    http://yellow-stars.com/blog/2010/05/10/no-sharia-law-courts-in-the-netherlands/

    Also – speaking of threats over cartoons, are you aware that a cartoon published by Joop.nl that had Wilders as a Nazi camp guard was removed because the media outlet was getting threats for PVVers?

    Are you also aware that the “champion of free speech,” Geert Wilders, has had speech squashed in his own country?
    http://yellow-stars.com/blog/2011/07/08/free-speech-in-the-netherlands-pvv-style/ – contains also more stories out of the Netherlands of banning speech under pressure of Wilders and his PVV.

    When this Islamophobes talk about Danish cartoons – talk about the cartoon by the Dutch media outlet – Joop.nl – that was removed because of threats to staff members…

  7. Kathryn, The group of so called Christians that picket military funerals is one church Westburo and most of them are family and extended family members. They are more like a cult that calls themselves Christian. The preacher who burned the Koran ran a church that was mainly a eBay mail order business whose members were mostly his employees. It was a church for tax purposes. While you focus all your ire on Christians stirring up trouble you do not even look at the number of Muslims who prior to and after 911 protest while burning, shredding, or stomping on US flags, you ignore the hate videos posted on the internet decrying everything American. You overlook the human rights abuses carried out by Muslims on a worldwide basis. You are simply pandering rather than adding anything serious to the discussion.
    Do I realize that not all Muslims are responsible for the actions of various Muslim factions over the entire planet? Sure I do. Do I realize that the majority of Muslims do not want to kill Americans? Sure I do. Do I want to give up my freedom of speech and expression because poorly educated people will riot if I draw a picture of Mohammad or burn a Koran? No I do not. Do I recognize a right for some type of Jihad to be filed against me to kill me if I engage in any of these activities? No I do not.
    The problem is that the Ignorant or militaristic Muslim masses have had an effect on our Democratic society. South park should have aired the show showing Mohammad as a cartoon figure. Not because I care about the episode but I do care about their ability to show it. The papers should have shown the drawing of Mohammad not because I want to insult anyone but I believe in freedom of expression and non-Muslims do not have to respect Mohammad or Muslim traditions. I do not burn Korans but I believe in the right to do so just as Muslims and others have a right to burn, pee, shred, stomp or do whatever to our flag.

    I want to live with Muslims, but I want to do it on an equal footing. I want them to do as they do without bothering me or telling me I cannot do something because it is against their religion or they do not like it. I do not want them to threaten me if I do something they do not like nor do I want them killing one of our public figures because they get angry at a political or personal stance they take. I do not follow their religion, I do respect their religion, but I will not be held by any of its tenets for the sake of peace or a burning city.

  8. “The reason that there is no move to ban Cannon law and other types of religious law is because Muslims are unique in attempting to impose their religious law on people not of their religion. ”

    Now – where are Muslims doing that, Hera? Not in the Netherlands…”Islamisation” is a hateful myth peddled by Geert Wilders.
    Name me ONE place in the Western world where Muslims are imposing anything on anybody else….

    Also – speaking of threats over cartoons, are you aware that a cartoon published by Joop.nl that had Wilders as a Nazi camp guard was removed because the media outlet was getting threats for PVVers?

    Are you also aware that the “champion of free speech,” Geert Wilders, has had speech squashed in his own country?

    When this Islamophobes talk about Danish cartoons – talk about the cartoon by the Dutch media outlet – Joop.nl – that was removed because of threats to staff members…

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