An Austrian court ruled that preventing employees from wearing Muslim face coverings doesn't qualify as discrimination. A truly unusual show of reason in today's world.
Preventing an employee from wearing a veil is not discriminating against them, one of Austria’s highest courts has ruled.
In the landmark decision, Austria’s Supreme Court (OGH) said that if clothing prevents communication, an employer may legally dismiss them.
The decision was made in the case of a woman who already wore an Abaya, which is an Islamic overgarment, and headscarf, but who was fired after she told her boss she wanted to wear a veil covering her face.
Logic would dictate that no dress code can prevent someone from believing whatever they want to believe, therefore it cannot be discriminatory against believers.
Logic also dictates that life is full of choices and each choice precludes other choices.
Freedom means the ability to make choices. For example, the freedom to be a Sikh in Canada means that a person can dress and believe in the Sikh precepts. But it does not mean he should be exempt from motorcycle helmet laws. Neither does it mean the RCMP should change the traditional uniform in order to accommodate his turban. The freedom to choose the RCMP uniform, the motorcycle helmet or the turban is freedom defined. One makes a choice, which has consequences for other choices.
Yet Muslims sometimes feel that their arbitrary decision to wear incompatible clothing for the job (often made after getting the job and working at it for some time), should force the company to change their policy even if that policy is set by safety regulations, as was the case in an Ontario UPS warehouse.
Or like the case in the UK where a woman applied for and got a job at a hair salon and then insisted on her "right" to wear a full head cloth covering all of her hair — when showing off a great hairstyle was a central requirement for employees of the store. She sued for discrimination as well as lost wages.
And then we have the French law banning the face cloth altogether, a law, to borrow from Shakespeare, "more honored in the breach than in the observance"
This video is from 2011 when the law first came into effect:
The result, however, was that Muslim groups organized, and when police tried to enforce the law, riots started.
2013 riots over attempts to enforce the anti face cloth laws:
Austria will likely soon learn that the sharia is not something governments choose. It is something they will get if they are not prepared to fight large numbers of people ready to use violence to Isalmify Western nations.