Right-wingers in Italy protest Muslim women’s swimming course


B00Mer
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Right-wingers in Italy protest Muslim women’s swimming course



A swimming pool in northern Italy has supported an initiative by the local Islamic center and announced courses, specially designed for Muslim women. The effort, planned as way of social integration, is not welcomed by Italian right-wingers.

The project, launched in Sesto San Giovanni in the suburbs of Milan, is in its second year, Italian Corriere della Sera reported. The organizers of the swimming course for Muslim women say it’s designed not only as a sporting activity, but also as a way to socialize.

No full swimming suit (a burkini) is needed, but the women are required to wear a wetsuit with sleeves and knee-length shorts, as well as a swimming cap. Female instructors are another strict rule.

The course, scheduled to start in January next year, is open to Muslim women of all nationalities, and welcomes non-Muslims too. Hosted by the largest sports association in Sesto, it aims to help locals overcome religious and social prejudices, and is "an important movement of integration."



The idea's opponents argue the swimming course is "a classic example of reverse discrimination," comparing it to "outdated traditions," such as separate bathing areas for men and women, long abandoned in Italy.

When conducted out "of respect for the observance of Islamic rules, everything is permitted," Viviana Beccalossi, head of the right-wing Brothers of Italy National Alliance party said, as quoted by Corriere della Sera. "Otherwise we are accused of racism. After asking us to remove crucifixes from public places, to remove the nativity scene from schools... it is now the pool. Who knows what will come next," she said.

In May, members of another Italian right-wing party had already protested against swimming pools for Muslims. Supporters of the Forza Nuova (New Force) far-right group staged a demonstration in Venice, where a special women-only time slot was organized to allow Muslim women to swim.

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grainfedpraiboy
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The problem isn't Muslim women being allowed to have segregated pool times. Yeesh, we allow that for children, the elderly, private parties, and on it goes.

The problem is Islam just doesn't shuck and jive with Liberal western democracies and a growing number of people are feeling less and less comfortable in their own neighbourhoods as the population of Muslims continues to rise. Wait until they hit about 10% of the population, that's when the real fun starts.

 
gopher
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Where were those right wing Italians when women-only beaches were opened in their country several years ago?


Italy opens first women-only beach - Telegraph




I understand that the only objection was the fact that so many lesbians used them to openly engage in public romances but clearly gender segregation is nothing new there.
 
Blackleaf
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When are the Italians going to allow Christian-only swimming courses? That way, we'd get to see left-wing protesters whingeing.
 
Serryah
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

When are the Italians going to allow Christian-only swimming courses? That way, we'd get to see left-wing protesters whingeing.

Well I suppose they could, seeing as there are extreme versions of Christianity who are pretty damn similar of thought and belief to Muslim beliefs - the whole 'women seen not heard, cover head to toe, don't cut their hair' etc types. Something like this situation would set the precedent for it. And there's the Jewish faith too...

Funny how all them Abrahamic types are pretty darn similar, eh?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Serryah View Post

Well I suppose they could, seeing as there are extreme versions of Christianity who are pretty damn similar of thought and belief to Muslim beliefs - the whole 'women seen not heard, cover head to toe, don't cut their hair' etc types. Something like this situation would set the precedent for it. And there's the Jewish faith too...

Funny how all them Abrahamic types are pretty darn similar, eh?

I'm not talking about any supposed "extreme" types of Christians. I'm just talking about Christians in general - you know, the ones which make up the vast, vast majority of the population of Italy, Britain and Canada.

All these people complaining about "right wingers" protesting over a Muslim-only swimming course will be the first to cry "RACCCCIIIIISSSSSSSSST!!!!!!" if the mainly Catholic Italians decided to offer Christian-only swimming courses.
 

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