"Pool Bars Fully Clothed Women; Bridgeview Called Unfair to Muslims"

July 25, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On July 25, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times article states that "Muslim women who want to go poolside while fully clothed have been banned from a Bridgeview Park District swimming pool. Several Muslim women, who believe they should be covered from head to foot, have complained that they aren't able to properly watch their children, said Sabri Samirah of the United Muslim-Americans Association in Palos Hills. 'This is discrimination because of religious beliefs and practices,' Samirah said. 'Just as there is legal protection for those who want to undress, there should be legal protection for those who want to stay dressed.'"

"If someone falls and they're wearing clothes, it's harder to rescue them -- it's more of a danger," said Mike Price, park district director. "I know this is a very sensitive issue, but this is not meant by any means to discriminate against any group. We do this because we feel it's in the best interest of all the patrons and their safety and well-being."