Sunday, 29 November 2009

57% of Swissies are not 'far right'

Following the success of the Swiss referendum to ban future Islamic minarets in the country, the entirely predictable reaction of the race and equalities industry has already started; they are ascribing the result as a win for the 'far right'. Just as they described France's ban on headscarves in schools. And just as they describe Sarkozy's proposed ban on full-body burqas in France.

It's a comfortable self-delusion, no doubt. So much easier than having to face the fact that 57% of the Swissies aren't far right nutters but decent, ordinary people for whom the Islamisation of their public space was a step too far.

Islam remains an alien and fearsome heresy for many Christian Europeans. We may tolerate Muslims in our midst as long as they assimilate, become invisible, integrate into the mainstream, but are unwilling to accept the provocation of minarets and Niqabs. This, I think, is right and justified. In the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and France democracy is working - creaking and groaning, opposed by the race, rights and equalities industry, but working.

It's an overdue adjustment that needs to be made across Europe - made peacefully and democratically, without violence or pogroms or persecution or displacement. We are a Europe of the Light; we face adherents of the Dark. The Light must win; the Light always must win.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For a start, the Swiss dislike non-conformity and always have. A major part of Swiss identity revolves around fitting in with your local community and not causing problems for other people.

Further, as a country that is founded more on a shared cultural identity and common civic ideals than on ethno-linguistic bonds, the Swiss instinctively distrust anything that might erode "Swissness". Where you can define a German or a Frenchman or an Italian (or an Englishman, Scotsman or Welshman) by his linguistic and ethnic identity, a Swiss is defined by his adherence to the distinct civic ideals of Switzerland. In that sense, Switzerland is a lot like the ideal Unionist vision of the UK - a country made up of distinct communities (or nations, in our case) who are all distinct from one another but who share a common civic identity and common values.

I do not think the Swiss object to Muslims. I do, though, think the Swiss very much object to people who come into Switzerland with the avowed intention of changing the country. I do not think the Swiss object to minarets qua minarets, but they certainly seem minarets as the thin end of the wedge; they look at what has happened in France and Britain and Germany and they say "Not here." They say "If you want to come to Switzerland, you will fit in with our established way of life. If that requires you to change, you must do that or leave. You will not demand that we change our ways to suit you, the newcomer."

In the end, Muslim immigrants can make a simple choice: show that they have the potential to become good Swiss citizens by fitting in and accepting the supremacy of the community or rant and rave about racism and make the inevitable threats of violence, thus showing exactly why the Swiss were right to vote as they did.