Monday, August 28, 2017

Swedish Municipality Buys Children Burkinis For Swimming Lessons - Breitbart News

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Swedish Municipality Buys Children Burkinis For Swimming Lessons

by CHRIS TOMLINSON26 Aug 2017

The Swedish municipality of Hässleholm has purchased several ‘burkinis’ for young Muslim girls, saying that it allows them to participate in school swimming lessons.

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Rolf Bengtsson acknowledged that the garment was controversial but said, “there is no sort of prohibition in Sweden to wear a veil or comprehensive clothing, we can not say at schools that you can not wear that.”
He added that it wasn’t the school’s responsibility to judge whether or not Islamic veils or burkinis were oppressive to women as many claim. One such critic of the Islamic swimwear is Iraqi-born women’s rights activist Sara Mohammad, who called the burkini a strong symbol of oppression.
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The Islam-approved swimwear has caused controversy in many European countries, including France, where many mayors in the south of the country wanted to ban it from public beaches.
In Germany and Austria, many swimming pools have also chosen to ban the garment, arguing that it presents a hygiene issue.