From The Gathering Storm Blog

Like most of Europe, Switzerland is increasingly becoming a target for Islamists. But unlike other European nations, Switzerland is proactive in protecting its culture especially when it comes to the Swiss Peoples Party (SVP).

Recently, the SVP, the largest party in the Swiss parliament, launched a campaign to have the building of minarets banned. From the BBC:

They claim the minaret is not necessary for worship, but is rather a symbol of Islamic law, and as such incompatible with Switzerland’s legal system. Signatures are now being collected to force a nationwide referendum on the issue which, under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, would be binding.

Supporters of a ban on minarets say they have no intention of preventing anyone from practising their faith. “We don’t have anything against Muslims,” said Oskar Freysinger, member of parliament for the Swiss People’s Party. “But we don’t want minarets. The minaret is a symbol of a political and aggressive Islam, it’s a symbol of Islamic law. The minute you have minarets in Europe it means Islam will have taken over.

Now that’s some level headed logical thinking but not surprising since the Swiss have always been a pragmatic bunch. They need more of that thinking in Europe today. Realizing that the practice of Islamism is not Islam but an attempt at political and aggressive Islam is the correct way to view what the Islamists are doing in Europe and in the USA.

Here’s some more level headed thinking from the SVP.

The campaign poster was blatant in its xenophobic symbolism: Three white sheep kicking out a black sheep over a caption that read “for more security.” The message was not from a fringe force in Switzerland’s political scene but from its largest party.

The nationalist Swiss People’s Party is proposing a deportation policy that anti-racism campaigners say evokes Nazi-era practices. Under the plan, entire families would be expelled if their children are convicted of a violent crime, drug offenses or benefits fraud.

“We believe that parents are responsible for bringing up their children. If they can’t do it properly, they will have to bear the consequences,” Ueli Maurer, president of the People’s Party, told The Associated Press.

Parents responsible for their children’s behavior? How novel.But even little Switzerland is not immune to Muslim Intimidation. Under the charge of – of course – daily (and not jus occasional) discrimination (just like Hitler’s demands when he wailed about how Germans were being mistreated in Austria, Czechoslovakia , Danzig, etc.) – the small Muslim population have made a series of ‘suggestions’ on how they can live more in peace with the Swiss. The Federal Commission against Racism released a report concerned about anti-Islamic sentiment and has launched an appeal for tolerance and equal treatment of the 340,000 Muslims living in Switzerland.

These and other reasons are why the SVP is keeping up the pressure to resist the Islamist infiltration of their nation. And now they have a new partner in the fight.

Meet “Zottel,” the billy goat mascot of the SVP. Hat tip to Lou.

It seems Zottel is getting Muslims goat in Switzerland and poses as the poster child for the SVP resistance to Islamization.

The face of European populism is, these days, white and bristly. And it answers to a comic name. Meet “Zottel,” the billy goat mascot of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP). Zottel, the party’s “bleating” heart, was conscripted to enliven October’s federal elections; and, as any Swiss will tell you, he’s become a celebrity in his own right.

Campaign literature describes a party beholden to Switzerland, and to no other. And the party’s electoral platform invites judges to censure practices at odds with “Swiss values.” These, they write, include genital excision, “crimes of honor,” polygamy, and discrimination against women. The party also speaks to freedom of conscience and opinion, while rejecting, in the tradition of Swiss secularism, “political claims of religious inspiration and their symbols.” This refers to minarets, specifically.

The party kicked off a signature drive in May to force an obligatory referendum banning minarets, which Blocher’s party considers both an accessory of worship and a “sign of domination.” “Islam,” they write, “makes no distinction between Church and State, such that minarets become the expression of influence not only religious, but political, in nature. This conception is incompatible with Western secular tradition.”

To bolster this argument, the party summons Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, who, as mayor of Istanbul, received a sentence of 10 months for bowdlerizing an Islamic poem. The mayor’s version, read publicly, says: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.”

“We have our civil laws here,” insisted Mr Freysinger. “Banning minarets would send a clear signal that our European laws, our Swiss laws, have to be accepted. And if you want to live here, you must accept them. If you don’t, then go back.”

I second that!

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