5 April 2016
A Swiss secondary school has caused uproar by allowing two Muslim boys not to shake hands with women teachers – a common greeting in Swiss schools.
Felix Mueri, the head of the Swiss parliament’s education commission and a member of the anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party, said the decision sent out the wrong message. “Today’s it’s the handshake and what will it be tomorrow?”
Muslim groups also disagreed with the school’s response.
There was no reference in the Koran justifying a refusal to shake a woman teacher’s hand, said the Swiss Federation of Islamic Organisations. Saida Keller-Messahli of the Forum for Progressive Islam urged the Swiss not to give in to extremist demands.
However the smaller Islamic Central Council of Switzerland said that a handshake between men and women was prohibited. “After the sex attacks in Cologne (on New Year’s Eve), they asked Muslims to keep their distance from women; now they demand they get closer to them,” spokesman Qaasim Illi told Swiss media.
Islamisation of European population centres.
Take into consideration facts, that Muslims make very sizable minorities in biggest European cities and Muslim women on averige have up to 1.8 times more children, and you will see Islamization of Europe from a different perspective.
British Office for National statistics webpage:
British aging problem:
Japanese fight with demographic crisis:
United Kingdom demographics:
List of cities by Muslim population:
Demography of Japan:
Burqa Battle (2010): In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings, secular France has been forced to examine its relationship with the country’s Islamic minority. This 2010 report looks at tensions surrounding the controversial Islamic garment.
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