The burka is a disease spreading garment in a swimming pool, as well as contributing to the substantial loss in vitamin C for the person wearing it. There is no logical, rational reason in allowing it to be worn in a public swimming pool other than to appease Muslim sensibilities. Thanks to TROP for posting this and to the New American for sending it in. KGS
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Burka Is Now Swimwear in Australia
If you think the Muslim burka is about as far from looking like “swim wear” as you can imagine, think again. Some Muslim women in Australia beg to differ. And the West Australia Health Department and Office of Multicultural Affairs are too beholden to the demands of political correctness to disagree with them.
According to a story by Nathan Watson at InMyCommunity.com.au, the burka beach party is no laughing matter; the Equal Opportunities Commission has already decided a case favor of a Muslim woman who was not allowed to use a pool and water slides at Adventure World on account of her attire. In Watson’s words:
CONTROVERSY surrounding the swim attire worn by some Islamic women has prompted the development of a new policy on dress standards for the WA aquatic industry.
The WA Health Department and Office of Multicultural Affairs have approved the Leisure Institute of WA’s new policy for public swimming pools and its rollout is imminent.
Work began on the policy after a Muslim woman and her friends were stopped from using the pool and water slides at Adventure World in February 2009 because of their religious dress.
The Equal Opportunities Commission took up the case and the woman was awarded $16,000 compensation and an apology in May this year.
The EOC confirmed it has dealt with several similar cases since.
But the matter of one’s attire while swimming is a matter of health and public safety, and it is on the basis of such considerations that swim wear is regulated in the first place. One need not be a prude to think that many of the outfits presently permitted at the pool or beach are absurdly minimal and revealing, but the answer to one extreme is not to leap to its opposite. Flowing, full length garments are normally not a great idea in the water because of the risk of drowning, and because they are less likely to be sanitary. As noted by the bloggers at Gates of Vienna,
If non-Muslims were to wear similar clothing, it would be considered unhygienic, and they would not be allowed in the pool. But the magic of Islam can perform many wonders, and one of them seems to be to reverse bad hygiene. Say the shahada, and presto! The bacteria flee from the scene.