The issue of Muslim immigration has become the focal point for many elections around the globe as a result of the flood of refugees fleeing war-torn nations in the Middle East.
Europe in particular has been hard hit by this crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people swarming into various European nations, stretching resources to the limits and often times causing outbreaks of violence.
While some countries have welcomed these refugees with open arms, and paid the price, other nations are very hesitant to do so. Switzerland is one of these countries, and will not fully integrate Muslims unless they conform to Swiss standards, reported USA Today.
Recently, Switzerland denied naturalization applications from two Muslim girls who refused to take part in swimming lessons because they didn’t want to swim in the same pool as boys.
As part of their school curriculum, the girls had to take part in swim lessons. The girls claimed that their religion prevented them from being in the same pool as males.
“Whoever doesn’t fulfill these conditions violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalized,” explained Stefan Wehrle, the president of the naturalization committee.
The girls are only the latest in a line of Muslim refugees who have fallen afoul of the Swiss standards, according to the USA Today report.
In Switzerland, integration into the existing culture supersedes all other requirements for becoming a citizen. The Swiss are proud of their culture, and aren’t going to have it changed just because someone doesn’t like it.
In their world, if you want to be a full-fledged member of the country, then you need to accept all its ways.
If only we cared that much about preserving American culture — then we wouldn’t be witnessing the slow decay of the American way of life that we are today.
There is nothing wrong with immigrating to a new country. However, if you want to be a citizen of that nation, then you must accept its ways and customs or find somewhere else to live.
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