Even Angela Merkel said that the full-face veil should be banned in Germany “wherever it is legally possible.”
The agenda of Muslim MP Muna Duzdar of the Social Democratic Party is plain. In addition to the clear hitches presented by the burka, it’s as if there is an attempt by Duzdar, as well as many others, to erase the history and role Christianity has played in the development and evolution of Western democratic ideals.
What is often presented as efforts to be fair, equitable and inclusive are instead assaults on Christianity and its longstanding contributions to Western civilization. Does Islam not have enough symbols, reminders and displays in Islamic states? Imagine if Christians emigrated to Muslim countries and began to openly suggest that Muslim symbols be removed, beginning with burkas and niqabs.
Express, February 3, 2017:
Austria’s coalition government announced the ban on the burka and niqab in public spaces such as courts and schools on Monday in a bid to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party, whose candidate nearly won last month’s presidential vote.
The ruling Social Democratic party (SPÖ) and the centre-right Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) is also considering a more general ban on civil servants wearing religious symbols.
The agreement said: “We believe in an open society that is also based on open communication. Full-body veils in public spaces stand against that and will therefore be prohibited.”
The term used would apply to the Muslim burka and niqab, which cover all or most of the face. It was not immediately clear whether the ban would include other non-Muslim garments.
Austria, a predominantly Catholic country, is home to around 600,000 Muslims in a total population of about 8.7million.
ÖVP Secretary Harald Mahrer said: “We are 100 per cent united in the federal government that Austria is a liberal constitutional state of the West and a Western-oriented democracy, and in the presence of the state authority the wearing of religious symbols can be against a certain principle of neutrality”.
He added “it is about wearing the symbols” rather than crosses being hung on the walls of schools.
Muslim MP and SPÖ member Muna Duzdar has now asked if the law will be extended to remove crosses from the walls of Austrian schools and courtrooms.
Ms Duzdar told Kronen Zeitung the government must be questioned on what it means by “neutrality”.
She said: “The principle of neutrality is not a headscarf ban.”
The SPÖ secretary said she intended to discuss the matter with all religious communities.
She said: “The ÖVP has asked for a headscarf ban, and we said we would like to discuss the relationship between religion and the state.”
Several European countries have made similar bans with France and Belgium introducing a burka ban in 2011.
Last month Chancellor Angela Merkel said the full-face veil should be banned in Germany “wherever it is legally possible”…..