Skip to comments.Gym Attire Seen As Latest Attempt to Force Shari'a in US
Posted on 10/02/2006 11:59:58 AM PDT by 300magnum
A Muslim advocacy group's successful argument that a 9th grade student from a Virginia public high school did not have to wear regulation gym attire because of her Muslim religion, has fired up a critic of Islamic radicalism.
The 9th grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va., was "threatened with failing the class if she did not wear shorts," according to a statement released by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
"The student's family contacted CAIR (of Maryland and Virginia) for assistance in resolving the issue. Following discussions with school officials, the student was moved to a different gym class and will be allowed to dress in attire that meets her religious needs," stated CAIR.
The group stated that initially, the girl's teacher told her "the law required that the student wear the shorts."
In light of the dispute over the gym class attire, CAIR also noted that it would conduct diversity training for Lake Braddock's newer staff, as well as "visit local middle and high schools to review their policies for accommodating the religious needs of Muslim students during Ramadan, Eid and throughout the school year."
But Daniel Pipes, a frequent critic of CAIR and the director of the Middle East Forum, told Cybercast News Service that the gym shorts are part of a "campaign" by CAIR to replace rules in the U.S.
It is a campaign "to adapt public schools in the United States to Islamic norms," Pipes said, and "is an integral part of its effort to adapt the country to the Shari'a, or Islamic law."
"Its success in getting the gym rules changed at Lake Braddock [Secondary] School, plus its success in providing 'diversity training' for school staff, have inspired it to become more bold and to 'review the policies' in other middle and high schools in an attempt to bend them too to the Shari'a," Pipes added.
I guess they would rather the girl go to gym in a burkha, trip over the thing while doing jumping jacks--then they could sue the school.
Only a matter of time before there is seriuous civilian blowback if this krap become pervasive.
We are the Borg. Resistance is futile.
Make her wear a burka and play basketball. I would pay money to watch that.
If Christians would stand up for their faith half as much as the muslims do....
My kids don't like to wear them either, but they do it.
If they can't follow the rules then get the hell out of our schools.
Where it will eventually lead:
Saudi Arabia - Conversion by a Muslim to another religion is punishable by death. Bibles are illegal. Churches are illegal.
Yemen - Bans proselytizing by non-Muslims and forbids conversions. The Government does not allow the building of new non-Muslim places of worship.
Kuwait - Registration and licensing of religious groups. Members of religions not sanctioned in the Koran may not build places of worship. Prohibits organized religious education for religions other than Islam.
Egypt - Islam is the official state religion and primary source of legislation. Accordingly, religious practices that conflict with Islamic law are prohibited. Muslims may face legal problems if they convert to another faith. Requires non-Muslims to obtain what is now a presidential decree to build a place of worship.
Algeria - The law prohibits public assembly for purposes of practicing a faith other than Islam. Non-Islamic proselytizing is illegal, and the Government restricts the importation of non-Islamic literature for distribution.
Jordan - Has the death penalty for any Muslim selling land to a Jew.
Sudan - Conversion by a Muslim to another religion is punishable by death.
Pakistan - Conversion by a Muslim to another religion is punishable by death. Bans proselytizing by non-Muslims. Christians regularly put in prison for charges of blasphemy. Islam is the state religion, and in a court of law the testimony of a Christian carries less weight than that of a Muslim. Section 295(c) of the Penal Code calls for a death sentence for anyone who defiles the name of the Prophet Muhammad and requires the testimony of four Muslims for a conviction. This fosters an environment in which Muslims can feel free to use intimidation and violence against religious minorities for personal gain.
Qatar - Islamic instruction is compulsory in public schools. The government regulates the publication, importation, and distribution of non-Islamic religious literature. The government continues to prohibit proselytizing of Muslims by non-Muslims.
Malaysia - Under Malaysian law, any convert to Christianity must apply to a shariah (Muslim law) court to legally renounce Islam. Many Christians prefer to remain silent converts rather than take their battle to the shariah courts, where apostasy or conversion out of Islam is punishable by whipping, fines, imprisonment and--in the most extreme application--death.
The Maldives - In the island paradise visited by tens of thousands of tourists each year, Christianity is simply not tolerated. While local Christians said to number around 300 out of a total population of 300,000 do get together to worship, they do so at the risk of imprisonment or worse if discovered by the Muslim authorities. Bibles are banned, and tourists can be arrested for trying to bring them into the country.
"Diversity training" is just doublespeak for political re-education.
I think this could be a television hit, too. Want to help me set up the American Burkha Basketball League? Next up: burkha mud wrestling,
-- Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR Spokesperson
"If you choose to live here [in America], you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
-- Omar Ahmad, CAIR co-founder
The Islamic supremacists probably had a problem with her being seen in public by kufir males. Shorts would've been an unbearable torture.
The ACLU fights against Christians, not so TROP.
There is no reason to force someone to wear revealing clothes in gym class. There are plenty of acceptable options including full-length sweat clothes. Sometimes our war causes us to overreact even at the point of being stupid.
Again, you put your kid in public schools as a last and only final resort.. anything less and you are engaging in neglect and child abuse.
Don't trust the government with your health care, but let them have your kids 8 hours a day... Brilliant.
Islamic imperialism and Islamic supremacist advocates.
I like it when people are clear that they seek to toss the Constitution on which this nation is founded. It makes it fair game to call them an enemy of the state.
It's not about sharia, it's about modesty. Girls have a right to cover themselves more if they want to. That's freedom, people.
I volunteer this burqa for adoption as exercise attire.
Close but no burka
Ever swim in sweatpants?
One word = Burumas
"Again, you put your kid in public schools as a last and only final resort.. anything less and you are engaging in neglect and child abuse."
Maybe they could have put her in sweats or something. Or a tracksuit, I dunno.
What about the seperation of church and state? I bet the ACLU jumps all over this <S. (sound of crickets chirping...) This crap has got to stop. If you want to live in this country you play by this country's rules. You don't like it then get your ass back to where ever you came from. Virginia is slowley going to hell I'm afraid. And if this moonbat Webb gets elected, well time will tell.
Here is what could happen if she wears long pants, long top and a head covering.
The teacher wants her to run a mile and its over 90 with high humidity. The girl overheats, passes out and dies. The school will be sued.
"There is no reason to force someone to wear revealing clothes in gym class. There are plenty of acceptable options including full-length sweat clothes."
I don't know if you are old enough, probably not, but when I was in gym class, we wore incredibly ugly blue one'sies with bloomer bottons that snaped up the front. The plus side was everyone looked hideous in the bloomers.
The schools should bring them back. ( -;
"visit local middle and high schools to review their policies for accommodating the religious needs of Muslim students during Ramadan, Eid and throughout the school year."
Looks like CAIR wants muslim kids to be able to wear suicide belts instead of shorts for gym to "honor" ramadan.
Our way or the highway.
You might think so, but looking at photos in the yearbook of my secondary school (Irish term for 'high school'), I remember seeing a photo of a group of girls - all in school uniform - except for one Muslim girl in traditional Islamic attire, no big public backlash ensued.
Ready for flaming but I can see people not wanting their daughters to wear shorts and a tshirt. Having said that there must be some alternative that will allow this girl to participate with more restrictive clothing if not in gym class then some other activity (walking)
There is room for compromise here, which I don't see they are interested in pursuing, unless I didn't see it. If she doesn't want to wear shorts, then what about pants of some type? Gym pants. I don't see a problem with that.
No, I don't swim in sweat pants, but I would if I decided to. And your reason to pass a rule to stop me would be?
Let all students wear sweats if they want. Problem solved. If the Muzzies want any more than that, they can pound sand.
As the possibility of a law suit now is much lower I guess.
Swimming is not the issue. This is gym class.
Leg suits ARE available for swimming (mainly for guys with hairy legs who dont want to shave their legs).
Public schools are famous for arbitrary rules. While I don't the theology behind the request here, I do support the rationale of the parent to question WHY a student MUST wear shorts if other safe/ functional attire can be brought to class.
Speaking out of the other side of my mouth, these people bug me. Wait til they tell me Christmas offends them.
You and I are thinking alike and I agree. See the next post after yours.
"It is a campaign "to adapt public schools in the United States to Islamic norms," Pipes said, and "is an integral part of its effort to adapt the country to the Shari'a, or Islamic law."
This is just silly. Tell me again how many non-Muslims they forced to stop wearing shorts? Oh that's right, none.
Oh please what, tell me where I'm wrong?
You wouldn't live in Section 8 housing.. you don't want government in charge of your health care.. but you willingly hand your kids over to the state.. and make no mistake about it, that's exactly what you do 8 hours a day.
Public schooling should be the schooling of abject last resort.
My ? is does the Muslim faith allow for female gym activities?
Is school gym co-ed now a days?
And is that allowed.
I am trying to imagine her on the uneven bars (gymnastics). Impossible.
Do schools even have gym classes anymore. I thought budget woes cut them out.
I thought public schools have local school boards and aren't run by the state or the fed.
I remember those when I went to Catholic boarding school in the 50s. I remember in boy's HS hoping those shorts in front of me were on girls instead.
These people are deadly serious and must be shut down at every turn.
... and my vote goes to the burquette within.
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