Switzerland: Blocher renounces a conference on Islam

Swiss conservative Christoph Blocher, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, said he is unconvinced of the benefits of a conference to discuss Islam and integration. While he expects dialogue to occur, he is unsure what the appropriate forum would be. Blocher supports a ban on minarets which he argues have no place in a Christian country such as Switzerland. He insists that mosques be placed under general supervision and develop strategies for identifying potentially dangerous religious leaders and havens for terrorism. The idea of an integration contract appeals to Blocher. Even if it would not immediately change the mentalities of individuals, he feels it would do good to put basic rules of respect on paper.