All the news reports are calling this a headscarf ban “specifically targeting Muslims” but the measure bans wearing ‘ideologically or religiously characterized clothing’ which means Jews and Sikhs are also affected. But no one cares about that.
Austria approves ban on headscarves for girls in primary schools in ‘a measure specifically targeting Muslims’
- Ban is an extension of currently rules outlawing burkas and full-face coverings
- New headscarf ban is likely to face challenges at Austria’s Constitutional Court
- Rules will ban ‘ideologically or religiously characterized clothing’ from schools
By George Martin For Mailonline and Afp, 16 May 2019:
Austrian lawmakers have approved plans to ban girls in primary schools from wearing headscarves, a move that would add to existing restrictions on veils.
Members of the governing coalition of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservative People’s Party and the anti-migration Freedom Party supported the measure late on Wednesday.
Kurz’s party conceded that the new headscarf ban is likely to face challenges at Austria’s Constitutional Court.
The parties who proposed it openly admitted that the measure is ‘specifically targeted at Muslim girls’.
A child wearing a yarmulke – skullcaps worn by Orthodox Jewish men – plays with legos during the Mega Challah Bake at the local Chabad community’s Kosher Festival
The measure bans wearing ‘ideologically or religiously characterized clothing’ that covers the head, and specifies that it refers to items ‘that cover the whole or large parts of the hair.’
Mr Kurz’s government introduced a ban on burkas and other full-face coverings in 2017. The new ban is seen as an extension of the current restrictions.
Austria’s previous government prohibited full-face veils in courts, schools and other ‘public places’ and banned police officers, judges, magistrates and public prosecutors from wearing headscarves.
In June last year Austria’s government announced the closure of seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on ‘political Islam’ and foreign financing of religious groups.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz shut a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolved a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.
The rules will ban ‘ideologically or religiously characterized clothing’ from schools including yarmulkes
Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said the residence permits of around 40 imams employed by ATIB, a group that oversees Turkish mosques in Austria, were under review.
The conservative Kurz became chancellor in December 2017 in a coalition with the anti-migration Freedom Party.
In campaigning for the 2017 election, both coalition parties called for tougher immigration controls, quick deportations of asylum-seekers whose requests are denied and a crackdown on radical Islam.
‘Parallel societies, political Islam and tendencies toward radicalization have no place in our country,’ Kurz told reporters in Vienna. He added that the government’s powers to intervene ‘were not sufficiently used’ in the past.
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