The general feeling of disharmony and lack of mutual understanding throughout the world is increasing. This is not only (and not so much) due to disagreements, for example, between countries, but due to a growing rift in values, in the understanding of where we are all going and why, as well as what kind of civilisation we want in the modern world.
Recently in Switzerland, a referendum was held on whether people may cover their faces in public places for non-medical purposes. To put it simply, whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear the hijab, niqab, burqa and so on. The result, I must say, surprised a significant number of Swiss politicians, and even upset them. They tried in every possible way to outplay the Swiss People's Party, that is, right-wing politicians who had invited the Swiss to take part in this referendum. They tried, but the majority (51.21%) supported a ban on covered faces. The slogan of the victors was stop extremism’.
However, the result of the referendum itself is the business of Swiss citizens. After all, there are similar restrictions, for example, in France (albeit with some differences), and not only in France. The reaction to this referendum is more important, and in this reaction, one feature stands out that produces a mixed impression. Many media outlets, especially those that can be tied to the left-liberal camp, were clearly critical of the results of the referendum. Numerous articles (discreet and less so) have argued against the referendum, citing the position of Amnesty International, various organisations, academics, etc. All of them, of course, condemn the results of the referendum. And only in some publications one can find, for example, information that there are Muslims who supported bans on face covers, because they are for the emancipation of women, including Muslim women, or understand the arguments of the majority of Swiss who supported the ban.