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Muslim girls must swim with boys: Swiss court

Lyssandra Sears · 27 Mar 2012, 09:15

Published: 27 Mar 2012 10:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Mar 2012 09:15 GMT+02:00

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A Muslim family in Basel has been fined 1,400 francs ($1,550) for refusing to let its daughters participate in mixed swimming classes.

The family had sought to avoid paying the fine on the grounds that the requirement for the girls to join the swimming lesson infringed on their religious freedom, online news website Le Matin reported.

The parents argued that, in accordance with the teachings of the Koran, they wanted to instil a sense of shame in their children before they reached puberty. Mixed swimming lessons in primary school, the family claimed, would be incompatible with such an aim.

Following the family’s appeal of the original Administrative Court verdict, the Federal Court decided to uphold the fine. The court stated that the obligation to participate in mixed swimming classes did not represent a significant assault on the family’s religious freedom.

The upper court said it agreed with the Administrative Court's view that there was a “substantial public interest that all children take swimming lessons”.

Lyssandra Sears (news@thelocal.ch)

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2012-05-03 08:22:51 by smeghead
religion is a terrible thing, it makes good people do bad things, it's backward it sodomises people in the worst way, thats all religion. we are all equal not men first women second, or in some case's third
2012-05-02 07:04:33 by volvoman9
@ bramble bush... Well said. Would these girls be in Burrkas? Talk about a wet blanket. Of course according to Islam men and boys cannot control their sexual urges and it's the fault of women for this condition. Then if one reads the old testament of the Christian bible it's not hard to find the origin of this misogynistic culture. The entire region hated women.
2012-04-25 00:08:31 by nathan45
"it's self"
2012-04-25 00:07:19 by nathan45
Very good to see countrys not leting Islam assert its in western countries where women are people too.
2012-03-28 15:49:48 by bramblebush
"The parents argued that, in accordance with the teachings of the Koran, they wanted to instil a sense of shame in their children before they reached puberty." Shame? The parents are what the kids should be ashamed of....
2012-03-28 08:50:19 by smeghead
How is that some people live in the dark ages, women are the same as men, odd i know, but some people out there live in an old world where they like to control what women do. say they are protecting them, if people want this old way they should live in a land where it happens. Bathing suits immodest WHAT get to the 21st century wake up people, we can't go forward when laws from the koran and other books of fantasie the bible for one example tell how we should live our life's
2012-03-27 20:58:53 by Garryladouceur
This decision will surely be used by Oskar Freysinger and his crowd to stir the islamophobe pot. For that I am sorry. We should recognize however that it is not only the Muslims who have this issue. Jewish people will also be affected by this development in the law. Take for example Orthodox Judaism,where many believe that men and women should not swim together. The laws prohibiting mixed bathing are derived from the laws of tzniut. This is due to concerns that bathing suits are inherently immodest, and do not meet tzniut requirements. In particular, a woman who comes dressed in a bathing suit to a pool is appearing publicly not meeting the requirements of tzniut, and a man who comes to a pool where women are dressed in bathing suits will inevitably see women dressed in this manner. Many pools within Jewish communities have separate hours for male and female swimming to accommodate those who follow this law.
2012-03-27 14:55:16 by asteriks
Administrative courts are full of fascists.
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