Ban Christian Symbols Too, Muslim Mp Demands After Austrian Government Banned Islamic Veils Niqab & Burka
A MUSLIM MP is urging the Austrian government to consider bans on Christian symbols in classrooms, after the coalition banned Muslim face veils in public areas.
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.”
Burka ban – Austria has outlawed full face veils raising questions over Christian symbols
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”.
Muna Duzdar asked if the law will be extended to Christian symbols
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”.
Austria’s coalition government announced the ban on the burka and niqab in public spaces
The coalition is considering a more general ban on civil servants wearing religious symbols
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.”
Last month Chancellor Angela Merkel said the full-face veil should be banned in Germany “wherever it is legally possible”.
In a raft of reforms the government also announced plans to restrict eastern European workers’ access to the labour market and to electronically tag former jihadists.