When in Muslim countries, non-Muslims should conform their behavior to Islamic sensibilities. When in non-Muslim countries, non-Muslims should conform their behavior to Islamic sensibilities. Once you have grasped this basic principle, all will be well. "Cover up for pool event during next year's Ramadan," by Padraic Murphy in the Herald Sun, September 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):
UPDATE 12.35pm: A PLAN to force families to cover up to avoid offending Muslims at a public event has triggered furious debate.
An overwhelming 94 per cent of heraldsun.com.au readers disagree with the legal ruling approving the contentious ban during next year's Ramadan.
So far the Premier John Brumby has refused to weigh into the debate about the event, saying he will wait to see the VCAT [Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal] ruling before making any comment.
VCAT has approved a ban on uncovered shoulders and thighs for a community event to be held at the Dandenong Oasis, a municipal pool.
"Participants aged 10 and over must ensure their bodies are covered from waist to knee and the entire torso extending to the upper arms," a request by Dandenong City Council and the YMCA states in an exemption application to the Equal Opportunities Act.
"Participants must not wear transparent clothing."
This issue has also sparked a huge community debate, with well over 500 people commenting on heraldsun.com.au this morning.
Many readers feel the administrative ruling has gone too far to appease minority interests, and even senior Islamic figures have raised concerns about the precedent....