The Swiss people have defied their government by voting against having any more minarets in Switzerland. Unexpected by mainstream opinion, this vote is sure to be portrayed in a most unfavorable light, as an unhelpful example of narrow-minded parochialism if not downright racism. But that would be a mistake. All cultures are not relatively equal, nor should we pretend that they are. The Swiss are perfectly justified in wanting to keep what they've got, just as are the French in banning headscarves from classrooms, and as are various international efforts to ban the burqa.
Instead of meekly accepting cultural practices we don't like we should remind ourselves that they can, and do, evolve. Once upon a time, for example, the Hindus in India practiced Sati, the (often forced) immolation of a widow upon her husband's funeral pyre. The British put a stop to it.
General Napier is famously quoted thusly:
"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."
Most Hindus now consider Sati completely barbaric and in today's India it is against the law. Similarly, the common Muslim practices of segregating women, effectively discriminating against them, are not at all immutable. Nor are sanctioned deaths by stoning in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or beheading, or other such primitive, atavistic behavior, wherever it may take place.
Sometimes a minaret is just a minaret. Sometimes it's not. The Swiss have judged it a powerful symbol of an alien, inferior culture that threatens Swiss norms. But that is not the same as the Swiss rejecting Islam. We should understand the difference.