Religious leaders, intellectuals condemn Swiss ban on minarets
Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 21:28
Mumbai: Religious scholars and intellectuals here today condemned the Swiss government's ban on minaret of mosques and passed a resolution to approach the United Nations and Amnesty International for reversal of the order.

A group of religious scholars belonging to different faiths condemned the ban on minarets in Switzerland. The scholars, many of them prominent Ulema, Hindu priests and clergies of different faiths demanded that the ban on minarets be lifted in order to protect and promote religious diversity and multiculturalism.

President of Sahyog Cultural Society, Sami Bubere, who also chaired the conference at Haj House in south Mumbai, said that the minarets of the mosques are symbol of peace, but unfortunately some anti-Islam forces have turned them into symbols of fear.

He called the ban on the minarets as yet another instance of Islamophobia which had gripped the West. The Swiss Government has hurt the sentiments of peace-loving people who have great faith in right to practise religion in Europe.


First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 21:28

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