Faith communities were forced to defend fundamental religious practices such as circumcision and religious slaughter. Are animal rights as important as religious rights?
What about the possibility (however small) that a child could claim they never wanted to be circumcised as an infant?
For the purposes of these ongoing debates, champions of human rights, normally conclude that in general, these practices should not be challenged.
Yet the bans on the building of minarets in Switzerland in 2009 and on wearing a burka, upheld by the ECHR in the last few days, have crossed a red line.
My personal view is that to suggest that the particular appearance of a place of worship (of which there were only four across the entire country at the time of the Swiss referendum) could somehow negatively impact on a person in any meaningful way is ludicrous in the extreme.
I am also deeply suspicious of claims that a ban on the burka is designed to promote intercommunal relations.
The question is, how badly would your life be affected if you had to walk past a minaret on the way to work every day? How intimidated would you really be if a lady with her face covered walked past you?Source: Daily Telegraph
I had a glance at some of the main sites in the CounterJewhad movement to see whether they had had seen fit to mention this. Nope. The issue of collaboration between Jews and Muslims against Europeans is something that must at all costs be suppressed.