On Architectural Criticism
November 29, 2009 8:44 AM Subscribe
Swiss voters moonlight as architecture critics.
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The construction of minarets in Switzerland is now forbidden, with 57% in favor of the ban, freezing the number in the country at four, with one under construction.
The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) (previously)
put the initiative forward, advertising with posters, seemingly equating minarets with missles, that were banned as racist
in Basel and cities in Vaud, neither canton of which voted in favor. The Swiss government
(Federal Council) and Parliament (in German)
A ban on minaret construction will be added to Article 72 of the Swiss Federal Constitution (pdf)
, which presently delegates all matters of church and state and to the cantons, aside from the responsibility to "preserve public peace between the members of different religious communities".
Switzerland's largest city, Zürich, has one minaret
, which has not to date been the focus of much controversy
. Perhaps it is difficult to appear aggressive
while being dwarfed
by the church across the street?