From The Guardian:
I can’t help imagining how I would feel if the attitudes reflected in the minaret vote were directed at my own community.
It’s a crude reaction but it’s the first one I had on hearing that the Swiss had voted to ban the building of minarets on mosques – the same reaction I have to the increasingly-frequent stories like it: how would I feel if this were not about them, but us? How, in other words, would I react if this latest attack were not on Muslims but on Jews?
It’s crude because no two situations are ever exactly the same, and Muslims and Jews have different histories – in Switzerland and everywhere else. But it’s useful, allowing the testing of any proposition against an almost instinctive yardstick of decency.
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So how would I react if the Swiss voted to restrict the way synagogues are built? With horror, of course.