Whatever one may say it is quite fitting that this would take place in Paris.
A veiled Muslim-French woman was refused entry to a Paris swimming pool for wearing a burqini: a burqa wet-suit fitted as a full-body swimsuit which includes head covering.
The purpose is made for that Muslim who is keen to swim but does not want to be unclothed in front of unrelated men.
Personally, I believe Westerns spend too much time worrying about what Muslim women – or for that matter what any woman – are wearing. But the burqa is a extreme form of modesty. Islam calls on both Muslim men and women to be modesty in dress in front of an unrelated member of the opposite sex. Men, for instance, should not reveal their midriff. Women, likewise, should not reveal their legs, arms, or much of their hair.
But their is no demand for face covering or anything suffocating as the burqa. The burqa is not a relic of Islamic past and not indigenous to the Middle East; but is a Afghani invention meant to subjugate woman.
There is no justification for the burqa and opposition to such an anti-woman item is warranted. Having said that, a burqini is another question. A pious Muslim woman cannot wear a Western swim suit, and for that matter pious Muslim men should not swim shirtless. So a burqini should be acceptable in public swimming pools. A Muslim woman – whether she wears a burqi or otherwise – has to keep her hair, legs, and arms covered and a bathing suit is out of the question.
I often see men swimming with shirts. Most of them time they are not pious Muslim men but fat guys embarrassed to take off their shirts. If men can swim with shirts, then why not woman? This is not just a case of Islamophobia but sexism..
“A Paris swimming pool has refused to allow a young Muslim woman to swim after she tried to enter while wearing a burqini, a full body covering that resembles a wet-suit with built-in hood, AFP reports. The burqini is made for Muslim women who want to swim and keep their body covered.”