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Swiss ruling overturns Muslim pupils' handshake exemption Watch

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    'Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher’s hand, authorities in a northern Swiss region have ruled, reversing a school’s decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils unwilling to touch the opposite sex.'

    'Explaining the ruling on Wednesday, authorities said: “The public interest concerning gender equality as well as integration of foreigners far outweighs that concerning the freedom of belief of students.” The school at the centre of the dispute, which following the uproar had turned to the cantonal authorities for guidance, said it was relieved at the ruling.“Now there is clarity on how to proceed,” it said in a statement, adding that it would lift the temporary exemption in place since the school year began last autumn. “This decision has recently been communicated to the family,” it said. Swiss voters reject nationalist plan to expel foreigners for minor crimes Read more The cantonal authorities stressed that if the two students at the heart of the controversy once again refuse to shake hands, “the sanctions called for by law will be applied”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ption-religion
    Good to see common sence being applied here in the defence of Swiss culture
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    I couldn't agree more.

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    Great stuff
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    Excellent news. Good on the Swiss for having the blls to stand up to this backwards, misogynistic nonsense.
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    From the article:

    "However, Muslim families have secured victories in court against schools that sought to ban the full-face veil."

    So they still have a way to go.
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    "The father of the two boys, an imam based in Basel and a Syrian national, moved to Switzerland in 2001 and was granted asylum. Basel’s migration office was seeking more information about the circumstances under which the father’s asylum request was approved.

    On Wednesday, authorities said one member of the family, whose identity was not revealed, had received a warning over “incitement to violence”, which could have consequences for the naturalisation process."

    Why the hell would Switzerland or any other counry want such people?! They should all be deported
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    (Original post by KimKallstrom)
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    "However, Muslim families have secured victories in court against schools that sought to ban the full-face veil."

    So they still have a way to go.
    Why the heck are schools in Switzerland allowing pupils to wear a full face veil? How absurd. Even most Muslim-majority countries don't permit that. We seem to have reached this ridiculous situation where some European Muslims feel the need to be more extreme in their behaviour than Saudi Barbaria.
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    Britain led the world for centuries but it is now the Swiss who are leading the world by taking the first steps in pushing an agenda of assimilation, Britain's obsession with multiculturalism should end; British judges should follow this ruling.
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