Swiss Christian, Jewish, Muslim Groups Reject Call to Ban Minarets

September 4, 2009

Author: Stephen Brown

Source: Ecumenical News International

The Swiss Council of Religions, which groups Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders, has issued a statement rejecting a call for the country to ban the construction of minarets at mosques. 

"For the members of a religious community, religious buildings are not only places to gather but also a symbol of their faith and an expression of their reverence for God. For many Muslims, therefore, mosques need to have minarets," the council stated in a 5-page declaration published on 2 September.