Friday, December 11, 2009

Swiss vote on minarets seen as protest against failure to assimilate Muslim immigrants

In a provocative essay on the Swiss vote to ban the construction of minarets, David Goldman of First Things argues that the people of Switzerland—and Europe generally—are reacting not only against radical Islam, but against the supposition that even moderate Muslims cannot and should not be integrated into traditional European society. “Whether Muslim immigrants to Europe are assimilable is unclear, since Europe’s institutions have made no effort to assimilate them,” he writes.

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