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    • Swiss citizen
    • 06.12.09 | 13:05 (IST)

    If one really knows the history of a country one can find ?anything that supports his good or bad opinion concerning it. Prof. Avineri mentions that the Swiss constitution dates ?from 1874 and that the recent vote was a referendum. As a ?matter of fact, the constitution stems from 1848 ( only ?revised on 1874 ) and the vote was over an initiative. ? ? One should also be aware to the meaning of Art. 15 of the ?constitution. It guarantees freedom of belief and conscience, ?choice of confession etc. It does not imply that religious laws ?stand above the laws of the country. The secular state ?overrules any other authority.? Not only Jewish but all religious organizations strongly opposed ?the initiative, but most of my Jewish friends admitted voting ???yes?. Is it not better, to get an unbiased feedback from the ?people than a political correct statement from politicians? ?The question behind the vote is: ?What is the relation between ?Islam and state??

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    First published 01:11 06.12.09 | Last updated 09:32 06.12.09
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