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How God Commands Religious Liberty: Theological Arguments to a Politically Embattled Issue

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Further Reading

Marcel Stüssi, “Banning of Minarets: Addressing the Validity of a Controversial Swiss Popular Initiative” in Religion and Human Rights, September 2008. An article addressing the legal questions at stake from the perspective of Constitutional Law.


"Background Paper on Switzerland's Vote on Minarets," Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, November 2009.


"For Religious Coexistence in Peace and Freedom," Swiss Council of Religions, 2009. A statement of the Swiss Council of Religions on the Referendum Initiative to ban the construction of minarets.


Thomas Wipf, "Transparency and Openness are Indespensible: in Dialogue with Muslims," Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, 2007. A position paper by the president of the FSPC regarding the dialogue of Swiss Protestant Churches with Muslims.


Resources in German

Wolfgang Lienemann, Frank Mathwig, Mathias Tanner, Felix Müller, Streit um das Minarett: Zusammenleben in der Religiös Pluralistischen Geselleschaft.  TVZ-Verlag, Zurich 2009.


In the News

Nick Cumming-Bruce and Steven Erlanger, "Swiss Ban Building of Minarets on Mosques", New York Times, November 2009

Nicholas Vinocur, "France Bans Street Prayers", Reuters, September 2011

Ariel Zirulnick, "France's Burqa Ban: 5 Ways Europe is Targeting Islam", Christian Science Monitor, 2011

Tony Todd, "French Businessman 'To Pay All Burqa Fines'", France 24, August 2011