Austria bans Hijab from primary schools, Islamic intolerance on the rise in as extremists rise to power in Europe?

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Mar 2019
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Austria approves headscarf ban in primary schools

my analysis is that as europe's economy declines, people are voting for extremist right wings who are increasing islamophobia, and targetting the religion to gather more political support

Austrian MPs have approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling rightwing government.

The text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”.

Representatives of both parts of the governing coalition, the centre-right People’s party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom party (FPÖ), have made it clear that despite its wide description, the law is targeted at the Islamic headscarf.

The FPÖ education spokesman, Wendelin Mölzer, said the law was “a signal against political Islam” while the ÖVP MP Rudolf Taschner said the measure was necessary to free girls from subjugation.

The government said the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys and the Jewish kippa would not be affected. Medical bandages and protection from rain or snow are also not covered by the law approved on Wednesday.

Austria’s official Muslim community organisation, IGGÖ, has condemned the proposals as “shameless” and a “direct assault on the religious freedom of Austrian Muslims”. The organisation has signalled that it will seek to challenge the validity of the law at Austria’s constitutional court.

The government has already said it expects the law to face legal challenges, since similar legislation affecting schools is normally passed with a two-thirds majority. In this instance almost all opposition MPs voted against the measure, with some accusing the government of focusing on garnering positive headlines rather than child welfare.

Irmgard Griss, of the liberal Neos party, said the ban threatened to do more harm than good by making girls at Austrian schools responsible for the repressive policies of authoritarian regimes in Iran or Saudi Arabia. There was no evidence, Griess said, that girls found it more difficult to learn when wearing a headscarf.

The ÖVP and FPÖ formed a coalition in late 2017 after elections in which both parties took a tough anti-immigration stance and warned of the dangers of “parallel societies”. The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said in April 2018: “Covering up small children is definitely not something for which there should be space in our country.”

In a speech on Wednesday, the bestselling Austrian-German novelist Daniel Kehlmann condemned Kurz’s leadership. “I want to ask our silent chancellor very matter-of-factly whether he is fully aware that history books of the future will remember him as the man who enabled a party of rightwing extremists to damage the outer image and inner fabric of this country to such an extent that it will soon no longer be repairable.”

Kurz oversaw an Austrian ban on full-face coverings in 2017, introduced as part of an “integration” policy aimed at limiting the visibility of orthodox Islam in public life. It was criticised by police after it mainly resulted in the issuing of warnings against people wearing smog masks, skiing gear and animal costumes.

“If this law was intended as a contribution in the fight against conservative Islam, then I can only say: it’s gone belly-up,” a representative of the Austrian police union said at the time, adding that many officers were declining to enforce the law.

Denmark enacted a ban on the wearing of face veils in public in 2018, joining other EU countries including France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria, and the German state of Bavaria.
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Feb 2019
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I predict this thread will get derailed and drop into current politics, nevertheless here is my take on it:

As @betgo said above, this is a reaction to mass immigration, not some economic problems. I wouldn't call it Islamophobia as much as simple reactionary policies. I personally can't blame them, if I was a migrant in a foreign country, in this case Austria it is only natural that I should behave like an Austrian. With that I speak their language, follow their religion and behave like a citizen. It is one thing to have religious freedom and another to publicly behave like you are not in a foreign country. I personally can't see how, for lack of a better term ''enforcing naturalisation'' is Islamophobia.
 
Jul 2012
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I predict this thread will get derailed and drop into current politics, nevertheless here is my take on it:

As @betgo said above, this is a reaction to mass immigration, not some economic problems. I wouldn't call it Islamophobia as much as simple reactionary policies. I personally can't blame them, if I was a migrant in a foreign country, in this case Austria it is only natural that I should behave like an Austrian. With that I speak their language, follow their religion and behave like a citizen. It is one thing to have religious freedom and another to publicly behave like you are not in a foreign country. I personally can't see how, for lack of a better term ''enforcing naturalisation'' is Islamophobia.
Oh really?
 
Aug 2010
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There is something in what you say, but I don't think that migrants should have to adopt the religion of their host country. The problem with Islam is that it doesn't fit in very well with the western idea of a secular state, and it is undesirable that Muslim immigrants should therefore form ghettos in which they live a different life and stand aside from the broad run of society. I don't approve of any banning of head-scarfs, but find it hard to disapprove of the French banning of face-coverings (although I wouldn't wish that in my own country). There is something comical in the idea that Austria should be taking lessons in tolerance from Muslim countries, in many of which abandonment of the religion for instance is punishable as a crime! For many Muslims tolerance seems to be a one-way street.
 
Sep 2012
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I guess the question is should immigrants be forced to assimilate into the native culture/way of life. The refugees sooner or later are going home, economical migrants on the other hand are there to stay. This is not a phobia towards a particular religion, these xenoi should accept the way of life of their new home and become Austrians.
 
Jul 2016
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"Irmgard Griss, of the liberal Neos party, said the ban threatened to do more harm than good by making girls at Austrian schools responsible for the repressive policies of authoritarian regimes in Iran or Saudi Arabia. There was no evidence, Griess said, that girls found it more difficult to learn when wearing a headscarf."

I love the world we live in now, where a feminist politician defends head scarfs. ROFL. 20 years ago if someone said that would happen, where feminist would be defending making women wear headscarfs, nobody would have believed it.

Nothing like suicidal civilizations to really drive home politics of the day.
 
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Mar 2019
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the hypocrisy becomes apparent when religious intolerance becomes a norm even in your country who wants to appear champion of human rights and religious rights and democracy.

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