The government in Switzerland made headlines this week when they declined to give citizenship to two Muslim girls who refused to take school swimming lessons because boys were present.
The girls, who are 12 and 14 years-old, reside in the northern city of Basel and applied for Swiss citizenship several months ago, but their request was denied. According to WTSP, their naturalization request was rejected because the girls refused to comply with school curriculum that dictates that they swim at the same time as boys. The Muslim girls claimed their religion prevents them from swimming in a pool with boys at the same time.
“Whoever doesn’t fulfill these conditions violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalized,” said Stefan Wehrle, president of the naturalization committee.
This case is being cited as an example of the fact that those who don’t follow Swiss customs and rules will have their citizenship rejected, regardless of how long they have lived in the nation. Liberals are furious that these Muslim girls were denied citizenship, but we support Switzerland in their decision.
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