Monday, March 29, 2010

Adhan from Swiss Church Towers

Assalaam'aaleykum!


Did you find the title of this post hard to digest because of the latest Swiss Minaret controversy? I am sure you DID! But the video below is no JOKE. Some Non-Muslim artist Johannes Gees from Switzerland made it happen even before the Swiss Minaret controversy actually took place. Watch it to believe it!


Background

Ever since 9/11, I have been thoroughly annoyed by the abuse of religion as a battlefround in international relations and national political-conflicts. In 2007, a grou of nationalist politicians initiated a referendum to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland (of which only three existed). One of the planned new minarets was supposed to be built in a small city called Langenthal. Its height 5 meters 25 centimeters.
I feel that spreading fear among people can only be understood as a lack of trust in the liberal values that matter to me. So I decided to make a statement against those who abuse religion to fight against some of the most important values of our society, such as generosity, tolerance and freedom of religion. Being an artist, I chose the classic artist´s strategy: provocation. :- Johannes Gees.



You can read more about Johannes Gees here:


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