Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Swimming case in Switzerland
I don’t know if you have read this news but there was a case brought by a Turkish Swiss couple who filed suit in a Swiss court that he does not want his daughter to swim with boys at an early age. The girls were less than 10 years of age. After the Swiss court decided against the parents, they went to the European court of Human Rights and there they lost the case again. Now it is not that they were not denied any special treatment as they were allowed to change clothes without the presence of boys and also were allowed to wear full body covered clothing for swimming, still the parents refused. Now here in the U.S. the situation is different as girls can and have the opportunity of all female swimming pools but the Swiss case is different as they are not used to accommodate different cultural and religious sensitivities. Although I don’t like the decision by the courts but the parents will have to abide by it or leave the country or do home schooling if it is at all possible. Now here is my honest opinion, although Muslims knows that when they are migrating to European countries, they will have to abide by their rules and not to impose their own on them, they still want to come and instead of assimilating decide to create isolated enclave where they want to insulate themselves and their children. If you are really worried about what the European culture will do to their kids, then either they should not come to Europe and struggle in their own countries or try to pick and choose their battles. They should try to adhere to the cultural and religious sensitivities of their own as much as possible without going on an all out war with the state. Religious teaches compassion and accommodation and tolerance and not isolation and shut out from the rest of world. It is a difficult balance but it is achievable, you just need to know how to do it.