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Monday, November 30, 2009
Switzerland Defends Ban on Mosque Minarets.

Wtf is the fuss? Height restrictions are one of the most common forms of land-use regulation known to man.

No, this one is not religion-neutral -- but then, Switzerland doesn't have a First Amendment. On the contrary, it specifically designates each of its cantons "Protestant" (most of them) or "Catholic" (fewer, but man, they're really Catholic). None is designated "Muslim," which I guess in time will itself become defined as a human rights violation, but in the meantime, kwitcherbitchin.

More places in Europe -- especially Rome, ahem ahem -- should have done this long ago.