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UK Swimmers Told To Wear Burkinis

From the UK’s Telegraph:


Swimmers are told to wear burkinis

British swimming pools are imposing Muslim dress codes in a move described as divisive by Labour MPs.

By Patrick Sawer
15 Aug 2009

Under the rules, swimmers – including non-Muslims – are barred from entering the pool in normal swimming attire.

Instead they are told that they must comply with the "modest" code of dress required by Islamic custom, with women covered from the neck to the ankles and men, who swim separately, covered from the navel to the knees.

The phenomenon runs counter to developments in France, where last week a woman was evicted from a public pool for wearing a burkini – the headscarf, tunic and trouser outfit which allows Muslim women to preserve their modesty in the water.

The 35-year-old, named only as Carole, is threatening legal action after she was told by pool officials in Emerainville, east of Paris, that she could not wear the outfit on hygiene grounds.

But across the UK municipal pools are holding swimming sessions specifically aimed at Muslims, in some case imposing strict dress codes.

Croydon council in south London runs separate one-and-a half-hour swimming sessions for Muslim men and women every Saturday and Sunday at Thornton Heath Leisure Centre.

Swimmers were told last week on the centre’s website that "during special Muslim sessions male costumes must cover the body from the navel to the knee and females must be covered from the neck to the ankles and wrists".

There are similar rules at Scunthorpe Leisure Centre, in North Lincolnshire, where "users must follow the required dress code for this session (T-shirts and shorts/leggings that cover below the knee)".

In Glasgow, a men-only swimming session is organised by a local mosque group at North Woodside Leisure Centre, at which swimmers must be covered from navel to knee.

At a women-only class organised by a Muslim teacher at Blackbird Leys Swimming Pool, Oxford, to encourage Muslim women to learn to swim, most participants wear "modest" outfits although normal costumes are permitted…

Muslim swimming sessions are also held at a number of state schools around the country. At Loxford School in Ilford, east London, a local Muslim group organises weekly sessions for Muslim men, with the warning that "it is compulsory for the body to be covered between the navel and the knees.

"Anyone not adhering to the dress code or rules within the pool will not be allowed to swim".

The practice of holding special Muslim swimming sessions has led to non-Muslims being turned away…

We thought that the French story from last week sounded too good to be true. Or at least true for long.

The trend is precisely in the opposite direction.

The 35-year-old, named only as Carole, is threatening legal action after she was told by pool officials in Emerainville, east of Paris, that she could not wear the outfit on hygiene grounds. But across the UK municipal pools are holding swimming sessions specifically aimed at Muslims, in some case imposing strict dress codes.

Of course if it can be shown that wearing burkinis causes less of a strain on the UK’s (or France’s) national healthcare system, it will become carved in stone.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “UK Swimmers Told To Wear Burkinis”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    Gee, it would almost lead one to believe that multiculturalism and bending over backwards for Islamic groups is disenfranchising non-Muslim citizens of their freedom in a public place. Oh…

    What’s next, taxpayer funded police courses that dress female officers in burqas and niqabs (full face covered in black cloth ) to promote “cultural awareness?” Yep, they did that.

    Ok….how about mandating headscarves for female police who enter mosques? Again, the British government tried to pull the crap – and added a optional hijab to the uniform.

    How about banning American and European conservatives who are critical of radical Islam from entering Britain while allowing in Islamic supremacists? Already did it (see Geert Wilders, Michael Savage, etc).

    How about allowing 85 shariah courts to operate an alternate system of justice outside of British law? (one case: woman in full burqa had to prove to an imam that she was being beaten in order to secure an Islamic divorce). Yep, they pulled that $*#& too.

    Don’t be surprised if Britain goes Islamic in 50 years, if only to appear tolerant to its adversaries before it dies a slow death from government coddling. Liberalism typically means bashing whichever Western group (and their values) happen to be the dominant force in the country, replacing the vacuum with whatever new (or ancient) anti-West philosophy comes along. The tolerance, multiculturalism, world-mindedness, whatever is just surface glitz.

    In the liberal mind everyone is a victim, except conservatives in a majority group. Only groups may be threatened – individuals are only as important as the racial / gender / religious group they adhere to. Islam is the new victim in the liberal utopia now that gays, women, and third world communist countries have been exploited by the left as “victims” by the West. Prepare for academia to create courses teaching the “anatomy of the Western hegemony in the Middle East” or “Islamic sustenance: powerful archetypes of women in ancient Mecca” blah blah blah. I can already imagine the academics leeching onto this next great field of oratory dribble, now that feminist theory has left a dry taste in their mouths. A few months ago I visited an online board where an Egyptian Islamic male defend female genital mutilation by claiming that “traditional Western views placing sexual emphasis on the clitoris” were incorrect. Ugh. Waiting for some similar Islamo-fascist defenses in liberal dressing to hit the classrooms…

  2. pinandpuller says:

    What’s a Scotsman to do? Time to sharpen up the old Claymore.

    I guess that in Catholic Churches Jesus better start covering up too-He’s showing too much skin.

  3. canary says:

    Let the muslims build their own swimming pools. No wonder UK gripes more about the Afganistan war than anyone. When they are allowing legal muslim beating in public, performing genital operations on young girls, they might as well. We aren’t too far behind. Tony Blair will be able to say you told you so.

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    More outrageous news from the land of my fathers. Unbelievable. You have to wonder if it’s true, that only the soccer thugs can save England from going under.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Steve, how DARE you post such a pornographic picture. I can see her face!

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    After viewing that pic of the swimsuit model ……… I now know why they cover the face with cloth. My next question is “HOW” can she ever procreate with a face that sunk a thousand ships? You’d think that Islam would allow open drunkenness if she is the one to represent Burkinis as a fashion statement!!

  7. wirenut says:

    LD, I think the “pic” was of Jesse Ventura in frogman garb.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I wondered what ever happened to the woman who played the evil sister in the movie, “Willow”.

      Now we know!!

      (good one, wirenut!!)

  8. proreason says:

    S&Ler’s are missing the boat on this one. Wise up!!!

    Think about it. Would John Edwards be the father of an illegitimate baby if women in public were dressed in burlap bags at all times.

    Of course not!!

    He would be getting his rocks off with other effete males like himself who can’t possible produce babies or have abortions.

    And that’s not even the best part.

    The best part is we would have fewer of John Edwards genes floating around.

  9. Right of the People says:

    Poster girl for birth control if I ever saw one. The broke the ugly stick on that one for true.

  10. wirenut says:

    LD, I’m telling you, I know those rippling biceps and dimpled chin anywhere. It’s Ventura for sure. If it wasn’t for my keen eye and cat-like reflexes, our full bodied tater sack speedos would be chafing a little higher. A word to the Brits, start making your life preservers out of SPAM. I don’t know if it floats, but the religion of peace wants no part of it.

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