A group of female Muslims in Switzerland who believed they could cite their religious leanings as a legitimate excuse to exempt them from classes that included boys got a stinging dose of realty. Swiss authorities rejected the naturalization applications of two Muslim girls, ages 12 and 14, who refused to take part in school swimming lessons because boys were present.
The unidentified girls, who are living in Basel, applied for Swiss citizenship several months ago, but their request was denied. Their naturalization application was rejected because the girls were unable to comply with the school curriculum, authorities said.
“Whoever doesn’t fulfill these conditions violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalized,” Stefan Wehrle, president of the naturalization committee, told television station SRF on Tuesday, according to USA Today. This wasn’t the first time Switzerland has stood up to the Muslim community in recent years. In 2012, a family was fined $1,500 for forbidding their daughters to take part in swimming classes.
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