America take note!
Austria has become the latest country to ban the Burqa. The law bans people wearing a full-face veil in public. In the name of integration, the nation has stepped up and said no to the woman-shaming burqa. If caught, anyone wearing the garment will face a fine up to 150 euro or $167. That’s not all, the country will also require that you take a year-long integration course. In the class, they will learn the German language and study the values and ethics in Austria. Better to just avoid the situation altogether I say.
From Town Hall
Austria is the latest country to ban people from wearing a full-face veil in public. The Austrian parliament approved the ban on Tuesday evening.
The ban was part of a series of rules designed to help migrants better integrate to the country, and also included stipulations that migrants take classes to learn German. Migrants were also encouraged to volunteer for charitable organizations.
Those who wear veils that cover their facial features from October may have to pay a €150 fine.
Other measures in the new rules include a one-year obligatory integration course including German language tuition for migrants who have a good chance of staying in Austria. The laws also encourage asylum seekers to do unpaid charitable work, with the aim of preparing for the labor market.
The government proposed the measures, which the far-right Freedom Party of Austria criticized for not going far enough and the Greens slammed for going too far, earlier this year.
The ban on full-face veils goes into effect in October. People who are found to be wearing the veils in public will be fined 150 euro.
Several other European countries, including France and Belgium, have also banned the wearing of full-face veils in public. Austrian courts have previously ruled that companies have the right to ban their employees from wearing a veil.
The Austrian President was not on board with the ruling and had plenty of supporters behind him. Unfortunately for them, the ruling was not the outcome they desired. Too bad.
And, according to The Independent:
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Vienna to demonstrate against the proposals earlier this year, with organizers declaring: “Every woman must be able to move freely in public without harassment and discrimination – no matter what she does or does not wear.”
Austria’s own President, Alexander Van der Bellen, has publicly opposed the policy, telling school pupils: “It is every woman’s right to always dress how she wants.”
“And it is not only Muslim women, all women can wear a headscarf, and if this real and rampant Islamaphobia continues, there will come a day where we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – all – out of solidarity to those who do it for religious reasons,” he said earlier this year.
The partial prohibition, which has not yet come into effect, will apply to the niqab and burqa but not headscarves (hijabs), which cover the hair and neck only.
The President’s office said he believed prohibitions were only justified when used for all religious symbols and in select circumstances, such as for female judges, where religious dress could raise questions over their professional neutrality.
Austria is just the latest country to make this decision, and as time goes on it won’t be the last.