Thursday, October 11, 2012

German Court Refuses To Excuse Muslim Girl From Co-Ed School Swimming Classes

Gatestone Institute reports on a Sept. 28 decision by the Hessian Administrative Court in Germany refusing to excuse a 12-year old Muslim girl from co-ed swimming lessons in her school. The court, emphasizing that religious minorities must avoid segregating themselves, said that the girl's religious beliefs could be accommodated by her wearing a full-body swimsuit (also known as a "burkini"), as do several other Muslim girls at her school. The girl's lawyer said the 12-year old does not want to wear a burkini because it makes her look ugly, and seeing other boys and girls in short clothes violates her modesty. Because of the importance of the case, the court is asking the Federal Administrative Court to review the decision.