Dec 11 2008
Why does the world have to bend over backwards to accommodate people who want to change our culture and force their religion down our throats? Can you imagine Christians being accommodated this way?
A court ruling against exempting Muslim students from compulsory, mixed swimming classes has sparked a hot debate over respecting the religious beliefs of minorities.
BERN — A Swiss court ruling against exempting Muslim students from compulsory, mixed swimming classes has sparked a hot debate over respecting the religious beliefs of minorities.
“Muslim students in Europe should be granted the right to take swimming lessons that fit their religious beliefs,” Chakib Benmakhlouf, head of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), told IslamOnline.net.
“Some Western countries violate the principles of freedom by laws and court rulings that transgress on the rights of their minorities.”
A Swiss court turned down on Friday, October 24, a request by a Swiss Muslim father to exempt his two sons from attending mixed swimming classes.
It argued that exempting students from mixed swimming classes for religious reasons must be very restricted.
Equality between the two sexes and the success of the integration process should be given priority over religious considerations, argued the court.
The scholar said Muslim students should abide by their religious dressing code as much as possible and seek exemption when possible.
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