I agree that the ban on constructing minarets in Switzerland is plain discrimination. Understandably, this has led to indignation in the Islamic world. What I dislike however is the hypocritical holier-than-thou attitude of Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki and the Egyptian mufti Ali Gomaa. According to Mottaki islamophobia is on the rise in Europe and the ban would have ‘far-reaching implications’. It gets ludicrous when he starts taking the moral high ground when he talks about human rights, an excellent example of the pot calling the kettle black. Switzerland’s ban on constructing minarets is nothing compared to Iran’s reputation with religious freedom.
Same goes for Mufti Ali Gomaa who called the ban an ‘insult’ to Muslims world wide. He should first criticize his own country as religious freedom in Egypt is at a very low level. A Coptic Christian righteously calls Gomaa’s comments an ‘insult to Christians’ living in Egypt.