Hundreds of young Muslim girls have flocked to swimming lessons in Copenhagen’s Muslim migrant-heavy Tingbjerg district after Hovedstadens Svømmeklub (Capital City Swimming Club) introduced Muslim girls-only segregated swimming sessions.
The Local (h/t Maria J) While the swimming club has hailed the move as a “recipe for integration”, politicians and commentators have criticised the concept as being against Danish values.
The Muslim girl-only sessions, which also take place with windows and doors to the swimming hall blacked out, were set up in response to religious and cultural requirements demanded by Muslim parents, reports Berlingske.
“We have gone from zero to several hundred girls in three years, and have successfully established a swimming option for a specific group, which would otherwise find swimming difficult to access because of religion,” Lars Sørensen, the director of Hovedstadens Svømmeklub (HSK), told Berlingske.
Sørensen told Berlingske that encouraging young Muslim girls to take part in sport – while keeping with their own religious practices – strengthens both physical wellbeing and integration amongst Muslim girls (while promoting Sharia-compliant gender-based segregation from the Danish population at large).
But the City of Copenhagen’s deputy mayor for culture and leisure, Carl Christian Ebbesen of the Danish People’s Party (DF), told Berlingske that creating segregated swimming sessions for Muslim girls was bad for integration and “destructive” for Danish culture.
“It is completely crazy to meet these demands. There is a desperately short supply of swimming pools, so we shouldn’t be closing them down by putting curtains in front of the windows and signs saying ‘just for girls’ just to meet the demands of religious fanatics,” Ebbesen said.
Sadly, in America, too, sharia-compliant swimming hours are happening, in of all places, the YMCA!