You've come a long way baby, now go back.
Imagine going to the movies and not being able to sit next to your spouse. (emphasis not mine.)
Moroccan-born writer and TV producer Salaheddine Benchikhi was to make his debut as a stand-up comedian at Theater Zuidplein in Rotterdam. At his request, the theatre said it would offer female audience members the option of sitting apart from the men, as Algemeen Dagblad reported several hours before the show on Friday.
According to the newspaper, 50 of the 590 seats had been reserved for women who object to sitting beside a man due to their Islamic faith. As an extra 'service', the orthodox ladies may sit in the first rows of the balcony.
"Whether the option will actually be utilised remains to be seen", Joyce van Dongen of Theater Zuidplein stated. "Fifty is an estimate made by Salaheddine's management. Since the show is an opening night, we have no previous shows to serve as an example". If called for, a larger number of separate seats would be arranged, according to Van Dongen.
Do you think it can't happen here? There are already footbaths being installed in airports and universities across the US, and gender segregated swimming pools. In Norway, Islamic clerics are trying to stop women police officers from arresting male criminals.
As the influence of Islam grows,the seemly innocuous demands for sharia compliant buildings and customs will be catered to by well intended Westerners in the name tolerance and multi-culturism.
Once these Islamic precedents are set in place, it will be nearly impossible to remove them without appearing to victimize Muslims.
Given that scenario, genuine tolerance will be replaced with gender segregation, the erosion of women's rights, censorship and intolerance not seen since the Dark Ages.
Islamists are not here to be liberalized.