There is a furor within muslim communities over Switzerland's decision to ban minarets in its country. I personally don't see why muslims should be angry of the Swiss government's decision.
Minarets do not represent Islam in any way because Islam had made it clear that any physical representation of Allah and His prophets are un-Islamic and not allowed. The same can be said about the representation of Islam.
The typical design of mosques is still considered as a symbol of Islam. Domes, minarets and arches are made to believe to be descended by Prophet Muhammad and Allah. If you are one of those people, let me teach you something about the history of minarets and mosques.
During the prophet's time, any piece of land used by a congregation to perform prayers are called Masjid which means 'place of worship'. After Prophet Muhammad's death, the religion began to spread all over asia, africa and europe by several empires, the most notable being the Ottoman turks. When they arrive is Spain, they were impressed by the design of existing churches there. As they continued with their conquests, they were awestrucked by a church in Constantinople. That church was Hagia Sophia.
The Hagia Sophia was then converted into a mosque. Out of respect, christian ornaments such as the cross and paintings of Jesus Christ were maintained. If you visit the Hagia Sophia today, you can see Arabic Khat of Allah and Prophet Muhammad across a gigantic cross.
Because of the church's shear beauty, they replicated the design in the construction of other mosques and that started the design trend of mosques to this very day.
The word minaret comes from the worn An-Nar which means 'fire'. Minarets were first constructed along the beaches of the Mediterranean sea as beacons ( a sort of lighthouse) for approaching ships. Flames were flared on the highest peak of the beacons. These innovative constructions were called Minnar by persians. This is how minarets and menara gets its name.
So as you can see, there is nothing Godly or Islamic about the design or existence of minarets.
Today, minarets are not used to broadcast the time of prayer anymore because there are electrical speakers on roofs now that can emit sound to a wide radius. Minarets today are merely decorations.
The fact the domes are still constructed in mosques is to me an unsolved mystery. Domes were used those days because there were no speakers and microhones. The interior structure of a dome helps with the acoustic of mosques so the congregation can hear the Imams clearly. Today, domes are decorations because it does not function as acoustic devices anymore. The resources saved from making domes can be used to construct offices and community halls in mosques.
Islam is not a stagnant religion. It is a religion of progress. That is why it forbids any form of symbolism or representations so it can be adapted into different times and places.
There is nothing wrong with the banning of minarets in Islam. If you find that it is offensive, it is strictly your personal opinion and has no correlation to the conduct of Islam.