The article below provides a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the Muslim entrepreneur who wants to build a gender-segregated swimming facility in Frankfurt. The FDP (Freie Democratische Partei, Free Democratic Party) has come out strongly against the idea.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this piece from the Frankfurter Neue Presse:
First swimming pool for Muslims in Frankfurt: FDP opposes promotion
by Thomas J. Schmidt
December 4, 2019
The first “Muslims Only” swimming pool is to be built in Frankfurt. The FDP criticises it.
Concerning the planned swimming pool for Muslims, the FDP in Frankfurt is against financial support or public promotion. “Such a sports facility does not serve integration and coexistence, but leads to more separation via separation of the sexes,” explained the FDP local advisory board member in the local advisory board 2 (Bockenheim, Kuhwald, Westend), Maria-Christina Nimmerfroh, who is also deputy district chairman.
The FDP faction in the Frankfurt’s local advisory board had submitted a motion to the following effect: “Irrespective of the fact that private initiatives are free to construct sports facilities and operate them according to their own rules, the state should not promote gender-separated sports facilities,” Nimmerfroh said. The plans of the swimming pool for Muslims in Frankfurt would also include making it possible for children from very religious families to have sex-separated swimming lessons. “Swimming lessons are an integral part of school lessons, and girls and boys should and can do sport together there,” Nimmerfroh said. “If parents keep their daughters away from swimming lessons, we have to work on the acceptance of joint lessons and must not react with gender segregation.”
That is why the FDP is against the promotion, support or cooperation of the city with this swimming pool project. This also applies to sponsoring associations or other institutions and also to other levels of government such as the state or federal government.
A swimming pool for Muslims should not receive any support, according to the will of the FDP.