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Erik Helmerson: Therefore it was right that the swimming federation's president had to go

the Statements of a girl in the headscarf was too much: swimming federation president Ulla Gustavsson had to leave his post since she no longer had the board's confidence.

their Departure has given rise to intense debate. Is åsiktskorridoren really so narrow that you can no longer criticise the veil, but to be silenced and forced out? A collection of debaters against hedersförtryck, with the organization GAPF (never Forget Pela and About) in the lead, gave Gustavsson his support in an op-ed on Today's society:

recurring to the person who is acting to counter and the visibility of the hedersförtrycket exposed to hatred, avgångskrav or threats,” they write.

It is true, and very badly. At the same time, this is not the whole truth about what happened. We should have more precision. What exactly is it that Ulla Gustavsson has said?

the Triggering factor was the images of the Swedish sports information on, among other things, a girl in the veil who shot the pellet gun. In an interview with Aftonbladet said Gustavsson: ”RF shows that they like and encourage hedersförtryck, genital mutilation, child marriage and honor violence.”

I Like violence? Both the veil and child marriage are phenomena that occur within the islam means, of course, not that the one is synonymous with the other.

In plain language: the Statements are extremely biased against muslims.

Gustavsson does not stop there. ”Ask Lars Liljegren,” she replies in a supplementary in the newspaper Aftonbladet. He Liljegren, with a solid background in the sports movement, expressed itself, on its page like this: ”If you forgot about the bright lintotten in the background, he looks like I did that small, can you believe that it is a rekryteringsannons for a militant organization.”

in other words: The blond child with the rifle in the pictures is the fine fish. The girl in the veil on the same images, however, brings to mind violence and death.

on these statements does not mean that åsiktskorridoren is narrow or that anything is racism in this howl pk-the country. In plain language: They are extremely biased against muslims.

But they must lead to Ulla Gustavsson leaving his post? Not necessarily the. If she had apologised and shown that she took any lesson she should have been able to sit still. It is a hell of incitement of the people to resign to the right and left just because they called a spade a pitchfork.

But she has backed down at any point? Not as far as I could see. Then it will be difficult for her to stay in a position of trust within sport.

makes great use in the discussion of the hedersförtryck. The veil, and what it stands for, is worth constantly discuss and problematize. It does not mean that policymakers should be able to express themselves anyway without consequences.

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