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Ban of Minarets is religious intolerance and not going to help on broader issues

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

Submitted by Jalal Ul Deen (United States), Apr 23, 2010 at 09:15

To integrate muslims with rest of the society, it is very important to win the heart and minds of muslims. Banning the religious structure shapes is only going to push muslims away. Broader problems is not the structure of the mosque. Problems might be with the content of the speeches and teachings taught in some mosques. This can be turned by debate, education, engaging people, talking and working on the common values and interests. Banning minarets, hijabs etc will only push people away from discussions and push them to negative thinking. there are loads of sects in Islam and only few minor sects engage them self in hard line extremist activities. Most of the Muslims are normal peace loving, caring and law abiding nations. I think banning minarets or hijab will put a negative impact on fight against extremism and will provide a propaganda argument to extremist elements to use it to hire innocent vulnerable youths for extremist activities.

regards, Jalal

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