Bulgaria: Ataka wants referendum on second Sofia mosque

Sofia councilors from an ultra-nationalist party are demanding a referendum concerning the planned construction of a second mosque in the Bulgarian capital. The Ataka party argues that Muslims in Sofia already have one mosque and that this is sufficient. Ataka are opposed to any form of promotion of the Islamic faith or construction of mosques or Islamic centers, particularly concerning issues of funding. Ataka party leader has already protested about the noise levels coming from the Sofia mosque, but now demands a total referendum on all Islamic facilities and places of worship.

Italy’s Northern League seeks to block new mosques

Italy’s Northern League has proposed new legislation which would halt the construction of new mosques. The bill would require regional approval for the building of mosques and require that a local referendum be held concerning minarets and loudspeakers calling the faithful to prayer. The Financial Times reports that the chances of this being approved are slim, as the legislation clashes with several constitutional rights. The legislation is set to be sent to Italian parliament next week.

Swiss nationalists vote on banning Muslim minarets

A campaign led by the right-wing populists of the Swiss people’s party, is seeking to enshrine a constitutional ban on minarets. The initiative received more than enough votes to warrant a referendum on the issue – 15,000 more than the 100,000 signatures needed. People’s party lawmaker Walter Wobmann defended the move, saying “many recognize in this a further step in the creeping Islamization of Switzerland.” Opponents of the proposition say that it would violate the religious freedom of the more than 300,000 Muslims in Switzerland. Henri-Mazine Khedoud, spokesperson for the Swiss Association of Muslims for Secularism said that he is confident the motion will be rejected. No date has been set for the referendum.

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Swiss nationalists vote on banning Muslim minarets

A campaign led by the right-wing populists of the Swiss people’s party, is seeking to enshrine a constitutional ban on minarets. The initiative received more than enough votes to warrant a referendum on the issue – 15,000 more than the 100,000 signatures needed. People’s party lawmaker Walter Wobmann defended the move, saying many recognize in this a further step in the creeping Islamization of Switzerland. Opponents of the proposition say that it would violate the religious freedom of the more than 300,000 Muslims in Switzerland. Henri-Mazine Khedoud, spokesperson for the Swiss Association of Muslims for Secularism said that he is confident the motion will be rejected. No date has been set for the referendum.

Switzerland: Group says anti-minaret petition to go to national referendum

Swiss nationalists say that they have enough signatures to force a nationwide Swiss referendum on whether or not to ban the construction of minarets on mosques. 103,000 signatures have been verified – exceeding the required minimum of 100,000. If approved, the referendum would take permanent place in the Swiss constitution to ban the towers, used to call Muslims to prayer. A scheduling of the vote has not been set, and may take months to arrange.

Muslims feel under siege as Italian Right sets up town vigilante groups

As Northern League leader Leandro Comacchio stands outside supermarkets in Padua collecting signatures for a referendum to stop the construction of a local mosque, Muslims in the area are feeling increasingly concerned about discrimination being masked as concerned residents. Comacchio says that his actions are not aimed at Muslims, but rather, as a protest against the permissive center-left council, which he alleges is giving away land for a planned mosque. Fearful of increasing tensions, local Moroccan student Maher Selmi said: we don’t want confrontation. We want dialogue with all parties to find common ground. The mosque is planned to close by next month, or the owner will reclaim the site.

Switzerland: Swiss Rightwingers challenge minarets as “Islamist” threat

Right-wing politicians from Switzerland’s largest political party on Thursday launched a campaign for a referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques, claiming they symbolized an Islamist bid for power. The group, including more than half of the Swiss People’s Party’s (SVP) parliamentarians, said in a statement that a ban would help stop “attempts by Islamist circles to impose a legal system based on the sharia in Switzerland.” Some of the politicians said they did not oppose mosques or Muslims’ right to worship. The Swiss constitution guarantees religious freedoms and the legality of the initiative was questioned by one former judge. Parliamentarian Oskar Freysinger branded minarets “lighthouses of jihad” while his colleague Ulrich Schlueer claimed that they were “Islamist buildings with an imperialist connotation.” Schlueer said minarets were not a religious symbol but a sign of a “political-religious bid for power.” To trigger a national referendum, campaigners must collect 100,000 signatures. They hope to introduce a constitutional amendment to the article that upholds peace between members of religious communities-explicitly forbidding the construction of minarets. Swiss Roman Catholic bishops dealing with relations with Muslims said in a statement that they opposed the campaign for a blanket ban on minarets. Supporters of the anti-minaret intitiative include 36 of the SVP’s 63 parliamentarians and two from a small hard right party. The campaign will also coincide with general elections in October. The populist SVP surged to the largest single share of the vote in the 2003 elections, 26 percent, after a campaign focused on curbing immigration. There are about 311,000 Muslims among the 7.5 million strong Swiss population, according to official statistics. Most of them are originally from the Balkans.

Islam: Siena, Lista Civica; Presenta Ricorso Contro; Moschea Colle Val D’elsa

Esponenti della Lega Nord Toscana saranno presenti al Tribunale di Poggibonsi in occasione del dibattimento sul ricorso presentato dalla Lista Civica di Colle Val d’Elsa (Siena) sul referendum contro la moschea che dovrebbe sorgere, nei piani dell’amministrazione comunale, in localita’ ‘La Badia’. Lo annuncia il Carroccio di Siena. ”Dalla Magistratura, indipendente dalla politica come sancito dalla Costituzione – sottolinea la Lega Nord – ci aspettiamo una sentenza che riconsegni nelle mani della cittadinanza il diritto di decidere sul proprio futuro e che consenta, finalmente, lo svolgimento di un democratico referendum sulla spinosa questione della moschea”. Il comitato promotore ha raccolto circa 4 mila firme (il 29% della cittadinanza) nell’ambito di una petizione popolare contro la costruzione della moschea. Ma il sindaco di Colle ha detto ‘no’ al referendum, che e’ consultivo e diventerebbe vincolante se venisse approvato dalla maggioranza assoluta dei cittadini. Il nuovo centro culturale islamico dovrebbe sorgere su una superficie di 3.200 metri quadrati, con una superficie coperta pari a 576 metri quadrati, comprensiva della moschea con cupola e minareto in cristallo.

Immigrati/Calderoli: Da Ddl Cittadinanza; Unione Cerca Nuovi Voti; Serve Referendum Abrogativo O Condizioneranno Nostro Futuro

Quello presentato dal ministro Amato e approvato in Consiglio dei Ministri _ soltanto il cavallo di Troia con cui si cerca di introdurre il diritto di voto per gli immigrati, perch_ questi sono partiti dimezzando i tempi previsti per acquisire la cittadinanza ma hanno in mente altro. Lo sostiene in una nota Roberto Calderoli, Vice Presidente del Senato e Coordinatore delle Segreterie Nazionali della Lega Nord, osservando che “infatti stiamo vedendo che diverse componenti di questa maggioranza, come i Verdi e i Comunisti Italiani, la pensano gi_ in maniera diversa e delinenano, nel loro progetto di riforma costituzionale, di eliminare anche il requisito dei cinque anni di previsione di attesa per ottenere la cittadinanza e quindi il voto”. “E’ evidente – prosegue l’esponente leghista – che si tratta del tentativo di fare in modo che tutti quelli che saranno riusciti a fare entrare da quando loro sono andati al governo possano essere gi_ pronti per votare alle prossime elezioni politiche, in qualsiasi a momento esse capitino. Oggi, secondo i dati pubblicati nell’articolo di Manneheimer sul Corriere, gli immigrati rappresentano il 5% della popolazione, ma con il trend imposto da questa sinistra potrebbero arrivare al 10% entro le prossime elezioni politiche”. “Un partito di queste dimensioni, rappresentato dagli immigrati, o peggio ancora un partito che si dovesse richiamare alla religione, e quindi all’Islam – avverte Calderoli – sovvertir_ la nostra societ_ e con il ricatto potr_ arrivare a condizionare il nostro futuro. Dobbiamo bloccarli subito – conclude – perch_ poi non sar_ pi_ possibile tornare indietro e lo strumento con cui possiamo farlo _ soltanto quello del referendum abrogativo per cancellare questa legge che avrebbe conseguenze devastanti e irreparabili”.