As a Swiss expat, I’m perturbed by yesterday’s vote to ban minarets in Switzerland (minarets are the towers on mosques). Everyone seems surprised by the vote, even the supporters of the ban. Polls predicted a defeat and the government advised a no vote, yet it ended up being approved by an large 57% majority. I sounds like a symbolic vote to me. Minarets are obviously not a big deal (only 4 have been built in all of Switzerland in the last 50 years). It seems Swiss people used this referendum to send a misguided message to their highly PC politicians to take their fears of radical Islam more seriously.