Thursday, December 31, 2009

Muslims thank Jewish students for support on Swiss minaret ban

Liberal Muslim reformist Irshad Manji writes:
A few weeks ago, the Swiss voted to outlaw minarets in their midst. Denunciation came from the usual suspects. But one highly unusual source stood out.

After I learned that an umbrella group representing young Jews in Europe openly opposed the minaret ban, I was propelled to ask: How can young Muslims reciprocate this good will? That’s when I posted the following message on my Facebook fan page:

“The European Union of Jewish Students has issued a public statement condemning the Swiss ban on minarets. Agree or disagree with their position, their larger point is that faithful Muslims deserve the freedoms that democratic societies offer. This is a noble gesture by young European Jews and we should do something to acknowledge their inclusive message. So I’m now asking my Muslim fans to post PERSONAL messages against anti-Semitism here.“

Many Muslims did.
You can read some of the messages on Manji’s website.

And rightly so in my view. Citizens in a free and democratic society should be free to practice their religion and be protected from the tyranny of the majority.

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