Thursday, December 03, 2009

More than minarets

The ridiculous referendum in Switzerland to ban minarets re-emphasises the dire need to communicate with our non-Muslim counterparts at every level. It seems to be much worse in Europe, where globalisation (leading to an influx of a variety of ethnic groups, including Muslims) is causing xenophobic reactions, reductionist populist views and a whole lot of misinformation.

"... I have been repeating for years to Muslim people that they have to be positively visible, active and proactive within their respective western societies. In Switzerland, over the past few months, Muslims have striven to remain hidden in order to avoid a clash..."

More here.

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