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Opinion Editorials, February 8, 2010
Swiss Politician Daniel Streich, Who Led Anti-Islamic Campaign, Calling for Banning of Mosque Minarets, Embraces Islam
The Swiss politician Daniel Streich, who rose to fame as a result of his opposition to mosques in his homeland, has now embraced the faith he reviled.
Daniel Streich was a member of then Swiss People's Party (SVP) in Switzerland. A well-known politician, Streich led the calls for a ban on minarets across Switzerland. He was active in building anti-Muslim sentiments throughout Switzerland. This sustained campaign led to him being given a high ranking position in the Swiss Army.
SVP Witch Hunt
Streich left the SVP in November 2009 calling his party's campaign against Islam as a 'witch hunt.' The date coincided with the second anniversary of Streich's conversion which he had kept secret from the party.
With the party's campaign to ban minarets leading to a referendum, Streich said the situation had become unbearable for him.
Switzerland Minaret Ban and Daniel Streich
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In the lead up to the ban Streich said "If the initiative passes, it will be an absolute deep blow for me. I would have to ask myself, why I applied myself professionally and politically for over 30 years for this political system. It is not worthy of Switzerland to force Muslims to practice their faith in back alleys."
Streich is a military instructor in the Swiss army and was said to be a committed Christian reading the Bible and attending Church regularly.
He was also committed to his party (SVP) and stood as a local politician in the commune of Bulle.
Daniel Streich Conversion to Islam
Streich attempted to understand the Qur'an and Islamic teachings in order to argue against Muslims on tenets of their faith. In the course of his efforts the ex-Christian began to agree with and acknowledge the proclamations of the Qur'an.
"Islam offers me logical answers to important life questions, which, in the end, I never found in Christianity," says Streich. He is now a committed Muslim, who attends the mosque, recites the Qur'an and prays five times a day.
Post-Conversion Life for Daniel Streich
Streich has now focused his intentions on participating in the building of the new Conservative Democratic Party in the canton of Freiburg. Freich's new movement is in contrast to his previous one and he aims to promote religious tolerance and peaceful cooperative living, in spite of the fact that ban on mosques minarets has gained a legal status.
He is vehemently opposed to the Minaret ban and is hoping to establish Switzerland’s fifth mosque and the most beautiful in Europe.
Meanwhile the SUV have raised concerns over Streich's position as Military Commander in the Army in the aftermath of his conversion citing him as a security risk. SVP-National Council member Alfred Heer cited the Fort Hood shooting spree as an example.
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Swiss antagonist of minarets embraces Islam
The Nationa, Published: January 30, 2010
Streich propagated his anti-Islamic movement far and wide in the country, sowed seeds of indignation and scorn for Islam among the people, and paved way for public opinion against pulpits and minarets of mosques.
But now Streich has become a soldier of Islam. His anti-Islam thoughts finally brought him so close to this religion that he embraced Islam. He is ashamed of his doings now and desires to construct the most beautiful mosque of Europe in Switzerland.
The most interesting thing in this regard is that at present there are four mosques in Switzerland and Streich wants to lay the foundation for the fifth one. He wishes to seek absolution of his sin of proliferating venom against Islam. He is thinking of a movement contrary to his previous one to promote religious tolerance and peaceful cooperative living, in spite of the fact that ban on mosques minarets has gained a legal status.
This is the greatest quality of Islam that it comes up with even greater
vigour, when it is faced with confrontation.
He wished to be hard to Islam, but the outcome was otherwise. Aldai
Daniel Streich a member of the Swiss political party who attacked mosques
and minarets in Switzerland has now embraced Islam .
The proclamation of Streich’s conversion to Islam has created furore in
Swiss politics, besides causing a tremor for those who supported ban on
construction of mosques minarets. Streich propagated his anti-Islamic
movement far and wide in the country, sowed seeds of indignation and scorn
for Islam among the people, and paved way for public opinion against pulpits
and minarets of mosques. But now Streich has become a soldier of Islam. His
anti-Islam thoughts finally brought him so close to this religion that he
embraced Islam. He is ashamed of his doings now and desires to construct the
most beautiful mosque of Europe in Switzerland.
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