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request for clarification - what is a minaret after all ?

Reader comment on item: The Swiss Ban on Minarets: A Possible Turning Point

Submitted by myth (Germany), Dec 1, 2009 at 07:37

As far as I understand the ban will be on minarets on mosques. What happens if the following occurs: A perfecly non-muslim swiss national runs a business selling oriental furniture and pieces of art. This individual opens a shop just outside of Z├╝rich in a nice mountain valley. The house, as a means of advertising, sports a minarette to signal the sale of oriental goods. No religion involved. Would that minaret be banned ? Too much fantasy ? Maybe yes, but Shurgard storage has a lighthouse (lookalike) on each of their buildungs, imagine something like that.

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