Austrian politicians call for a ban on full body veil

Austrian conservative politicians called for a ban on full body veils on Thursday, saying the veils would hinder women to integrate into the mainly Catholic Austrian society.

Public debate about a ban on full body veils was ignited in several European countries after three French Mediterranean cities banned body-covering Muslim burkini swimwear, saying the burkini defies French laws on secularism.

France, which has the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at 5 million, in 2010 introduced a ban on full-face niqab and burqa veils in public.

Austria’s Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz from the centrist People’s Party, who plans to introduce a new integration law next year, said religious symbols such as the burqa were an issue that needed to be discussed.

“A full body veil is hindering integration,” Kurz told broadcaster ORF, adding that the burqa was “not a religious symbol but a symbol for a counter-society”.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Russia, not France, has the largest Muslim minority in Europe. We haven’t been hearing much about this lately since Putin does not wimp out in dealing with them like the French and other Europeans do.

    • He tends to kill them.

      • moraywatson

        So do the Chinese.

      • Alain

        The only effective solution.

  • 2maxpower

    this ban the burka movement is pure stupidity. it isn’t the burka it is islam that should be banned.

    you people are all falling for this. always being lead by the enemy. they are changing the focus of the problem so you think that the politicians are on your side …THEY ARE NOT.

    • That’s an interesting point.

    • Frank Edwards

      Ban the Burka is the straw man. Pollies bring up the issue and give you a solution to make you feel like you won when infact nothing changes with the immigration policy.

  • BillyHW

    How about banning the the muslim immigrants who want to wear these freakin’ burkas you politicians (voted into office by women).

  • moraywatson

    More and more infidels are waking up to the realization that islam is about supremacism and political ambition, and nothing to do with religion or peace. De-normalize and marginalize islam. Neuter its supremacism – take away its “colours”.

  • GrimmCreeper

    Wow, nice set of hands.