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August 13, 2009 - 12:02 am
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This one's for you ladies...

French pool bars Muslim woman for 'burquini' suit

Published - Aug 12 2009 05:11PM EDT

By MARIA DANILOVA - Associated Press Writer

FILE - In this Feb.15, 2007 file photo, Sama Wareh walks along the sand dressed in swimwear designed for Muslim women Newport Beach, Calif. A French Muslim was denied last Aug.1, 2009 entry to a swimming pool for wearing an Islamic-style full-body swimsuit. Officials say the head-to-toe ''burquini'' is unhygienic and harmful to other bathers, but the woman complains of religious discrimination. The incident adds to controversy over wearing explicitly religious symbols in public places in this secular country.

A Muslim woman garbed in a head-to-toe swimsuit _ dubbed a "burquini" _ may have opened a new chapter in France's tussle between religious practices and its stern secular code.

Officials insisted Wednesday they banned the woman's use of the Islam-friendly suit at a local pool because of France's pool hygiene standards _ not out of hostility to overtly Muslim garb.

Under the policy, swimmers are not allowed in pools with baggy clothing, including surfer-style shorts. Only figure-hugging suits are permitted.

Nonetheless the woman, a 35-year-old convert to Islam identified only as Carole, complained of religious discrimination after trying to go swimming in a "burquini," a full-body swimsuit, in the town of Emerainville, southeast of Paris.

She was quoted as telling the daily Le Parisien newspaper that she had bought the burquini after deciding "it would allow me the pleasure of bathing without showing too much of myself, as Islam recommends."

"For me this is nothing but segregation," she said.

The issue of religious attire is a hot topic in France, where head-to-toe burqas or other full-body coverings worn by some Muslim fundamentalists are in official disfavor.

France is home to western Europe's largest Muslim population, estimated at 5 million, and Islam is the nation's second religion after Roman Catholicism.

A 2004 law banning the wearing of Muslim head scarves at public schools sparked fierce debate. That legislation also banned Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses in public classrooms.

French lawmakers recently revived the issue of Muslim dress with a proposal that the burqa and other voluminous Muslim attire be banned.

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April 10, 2013 - 5:53 am
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I hate Islam please destroy this barbaric cancer

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"AirForceOne" wrote: I hate Islam please destroy this barbaric cancer

Yeah, I think I'll have to chime in on this one. There is nothing wrong with Islam. There is something wrong with RADICAL Islam. There is a HUGE difference.

Although there are many beliefs I do not necessarily believe when it comes to Islam, I respect their right to have those beliefs. When those beliefs are radicalized, and they decide to go blow up some bus in the name of Allah to kill infidels, then I am right there with you.

But do respect those who are peaceful Muslims, who don't support those type of acts.

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April 10, 2013 - 8:04 pm
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Seems odd this subject got revived after so many years, but I'll chime in also. Air Force One I think you are a bit extreme hating all of Islam but I think radical Islam doesn't have too many fans worldwide. That said, where is the dividing line between "radical" Islam, and "mainstream" Islam?

I think we all can relate to the radical ends of Islam, suicide bombers, 911, Insurgents inside Iraq and Afghanistan, but what about who are suppose to be peace loving, regular mainstream Muslims? We see many examples of pretty normal places uprising, over something like the beauty Pageant comment, that resulted in a city of regular Muslims rioting, killing and burning down over 50 churches. We also see many events of Honor killings in that religion, from those not associated with radical acts of war or political reasons. We also see general oppression of women and children, limiting education, or not allowing certain professions for women. In General terms, I am not so sure that Islam is very "user friendly" if you are a woman, and seems to be a very male dominated oppressive religion. There is total intolerance for being Gay, or converting to Christianity. Most Muslim countries have severe laws against even possessing Christian material, and trying to promote it whatsoever, is a serious crime.

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August 14, 2009 - 5:26 pm
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Alot of people wear those (or something similar) as ways for sun protection.

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August 14, 2009 - 5:33 pm
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No doubt. Seems kind of restrictive to me, from a swimmer's point of view. To think that everything's well covered and the lady in the article still got kicked off the beach, well, that defines 'extreme' in my book.

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August 14, 2009 - 5:38 pm
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lol I know. "Sorry maam but you aren't showing enough cleavage and ass to remain here. Please go home and undress, then come back."

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August 14, 2009 - 11:39 pm
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lol.

Swimsuits are typically tight fitting though..

But hygienic? I don't understand where that comes from.

"George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd."

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August 14, 2009 - 11:42 pm
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They're French mate, they can't help it. Laugh Laugh Laugh

Read between the lies

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August 15, 2009 - 12:38 am
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I have to agree with Lashmar. They're French.

They see islami's dress as degrading to a woman so who are we to argue with the French.

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