After Muslim Girls Refuse Class with Boys, Gov’t Refuses Their Application for Citizenship

by Cassy Fiano | November 29, 2016 7:20 pm

How should we handle Muslim immigrants who refuse to assimilate to American culture? Surprisingly, the country to look to is Switzerland. They don’t mess around and when Muslims refuse to play along, the Swiss government takes it seriously.


Two Muslim girls, aged 12 and 14, refused to take a swim class at their school because there would be boys present. This took place in the town of Basel, where the girls had applied for Swiss citizenship. The girls said that Islam would not let them participate in “compulsory swimming lessons with males in the pool at the same time.”

But not long after they refused to participate in the class, the Swiss government refused their naturalization request.


“Whoever doesn’t fulfill these conditions violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalized,” Stefan Wehrle, president of the naturalization committee, said. The Swiss government evidently routinely refuses to grant citizenship to people who will not assimilate.

Previously, a Muslim man was not granted citizenship because he refused to shake hands with the female teacher of his two sons. Some have criticized the Swiss for this practice, but others have applauded them for laying down the law. They’re willing to welcome refugees, but those refugees and immigrants have to play by the Swiss rules. Isn’t that pretty much common sense?

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