Sorry about the lack of posts over the last week. I haven't gone away - I've just been a bit busy.
Congratulations to Switzerland for taking a stand on the minarets issue - something which I believe Europe as a whole and Britain in particular needs to be firm on. The response of the media in Europe and of mainstream political parties including their own is expected, but is no less pathetic for it. Their way is continual appeasement and submission to Islamic demands and that way will never force Islam to reform - assuming it can actually be reformed which in itself is a debatable supposition.
Why should Britain or other European countries allow Islam free reign when Islamic countries impose such enormous restrictions on what religious minorities can or can not do in their lands? Even in those countries which do allow churches to operate they often do not permit them to have externally visible symbols of Christian faith such as bells or crosses.
To be honest, that is something that I sympathise with as it diminishes the culture of that nation bringing an alien concept into society. So why do we allow them to have their crescents, minarets and the muezzin call to prayer blasting out in our country? It is alien and obtrusive and the Swiss are right to ban it.