Swiss high court slaps down effort to ban university’s Islamic centre

Source: Reuters

By John Miller | ZURICH

Switzerland’s highest court on Wednesday blocked efforts to ban a state-funded Islamic-focused academic centre at a Swiss university, ruling that an anti-immigration political party’s proposed local referendum on it was discriminatory.

The University of Fribourg’s Swiss Centre for Islam and Society opened in early 2015 to advance public discourse about Islam in Swiss society, but the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) almost immediately launched its bid to ban it.

The centre is part of the university’s theology department and gets funding from Switzerland’s federal education, research and innovation department.

In March this year, Fribourg’s regional parliament declared the SVP initiative invalid, prompting the party to appeal.

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  1. West must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. The whole world belongs to Muslims. The problem of extremism we are experiencing is not “mass immigration”, immigration has been happening since the dawn of mankind. The problem we are experiencing is a direct result of lack of respect and tolerance substituted by ignorance. The problem we are experiencing is the direct result of poor consciousness and awareness of selective “information” being conveyed to us through various mainstream media sources. There’s a new mainstream anti-Muslim racism that is built on fears for the survival of Western values. That’s the product of a nervous society in which social betterment is becoming increasingly difficult and in which there is a sense of omnipresent competition and struggle. The emotions generated by this are often not directed at a system, but at those who are different, at foreigners. This is also launched from the political arena and absorbed at grassroots level.

    Muslim community needs Masajid, state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers, halal meat, sharia laws, Muslim cemeteries, time off for Friday afternoon prayers in the Masjid and two official religious holidays per year.

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