Monday, July 04, 2016

Swiss Deny Muslims Citizenship

a major award                                                 

In this latest case, two Muslim girls were denied citizenship because they refused to swim in a pool with boys present.

In April, members of an immigrant family in the Basel area were denied citizenship because they wore sweatpants around town and did not greet passersby -- a sure sign that they were not sufficiently assimilated, the naturalization board claimed.

Another recent case sparked widespread outrage in Switzerland when two Muslim brothers refused to shake hands with their female teacher, also citing religious restrictions. Shaking hands with a teacher is a common practice in Swiss schools.

This is not the first time Switzerland's Muslim community has stirred controversy over swimming lessons. In 2012, a family was fined $1,500 for forbidding their daughters to participate in swimming classes.

The matter eventually ended up in the Supreme Court, which ruled that no dispensations from swimming lessons should be made on religious grounds. [FULL]
My takeaway from this is the reverence with which the Swiss hold their citizenship.  Compared  to ahem.


pdwalker said...

Good for the Swiss!

Anonymous said...

Sonoboy said...

Don't the Swiss require each household to have a long gun? ANOTHER reason to love 'em.

pdwalker said...

Yes, all members must keep their weapon at home and they must requalify every year that they can shoot it properly.

They used to be able to keep ammunition at home, but in recent years they've tightened up the restrictions on that - mistakenly, I might add.

Even so, the Swiss are still more sensible then just about all the rest of the world - and may they stay that way.

Anonymous said...

"...More sensible then…"?
How about "…more sensible THAN…"?

(This is one of our pet peeves: otherwise intelligent people whose spelling was never corrected in school (maybe so as not to bruise their self-esteem!) and who evidently don't read much or pay much attention to what they do read.)

Ann Hedonia & Sam Paku

pdwalker said...

Jawohl mein Führer, my spelling mistakes are suitably corrected.

Fortunately, you were able to divine the meaning of the otherwise, incomprehensible, gibberesh.

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