German court rules Muslim girls must join swimming classes

Germany’s highest court has ruled that the ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming lessons at school, to find against an 11-year-old boy who had argued that, even if you are wearing a burkini, or whole body bathing suit, violated Islamic dress codes.

The constitutional court in Karlsruhe on Wednesday dismissed the appeal brought by the parents of the girl that she should be exempted from lessons because it’s a burkini that do not conform with Islam, the ethics of decency, German media reported.

A spokesman for the court could not be reached for comment.

Germany is in the grip of a public debate on the role of Islam in society that tries to integrate more than a million mainly Muslim asylum seekers fleeing wars and persecution who have entered this year and the last.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have been punished at the polls in regional elections by voters angry at what is seen as his open door policy, on Tuesday proposed a ban on full-face Muslim veils.

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His Christian democrats, who have been bleeding support for the AfD, a populist party that says that Islam is incompatible with the constitution, tempered their tone on the integration of migrants in a party conference this week.

On Wednesday, the ruling could give more credibility to the future, the government’s attempts to ban the full-face veil after the parliamentary elections next year.

The girl had argued before lower courts that swimming in burkini revealed the shape of her body, something that goes against his religion.

The constitutional court has noted that the courts had found that this is false, and further found there were “no binding rules in Islam” to define a proper clothing.