The European Court of Justice (ECJ) just ruled employers can legally ban workers from wearing hijabs or other overt religious symbols.
It’s a bold move from a culture that’s been writhing under Islam’s encroachment for years. The refugee crisis destroyed decades of stability and calm. Muslim migrants, desperate for asylum, continue to pour into the continent.
“The decision, which applies to all 28 countries in the bloc, came in in two cases including one brought by a Muslim receptionist in Belgium employed by contracting giant G4S,” reports NBC News.
The receptionist, Samira Achbita, was fired over a decade ago after refusing to comply with a company policy banning religious symbols. Achbita ignored repeated requests that she remove her headscarf.
The second case, brought forward by French software designer Asma Bougnaoui, is nearly identical. Bougnaoui was let go after customers complained about her wearing a hijab to work.
“The willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the services of that employer provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered a genuine and determining occupational requirement,” the ECJ determined.
However, the court did rule employers could ban staff from wearing religious symbols as long as the edict was applied universally.
Hijabs and burqas evoke strong emotions in thousands of people. An individual can dress anyway that he or she chooses as long as he’s only representing himself. It’s unreasonable to force employers to be subject to their staff’s whims. For many, Islamic headscarves are a symbol of oppression.
Employees decisions reflect on the company. If multiple women within an office began wearing headscarves to work, it would give the distinct impression that said company supported Islam.
Followers may deem it to be the religion of “peace,” but to the rest of the world Islam is a wild religion that promotes violence and fanaticism.
As expected a few of the loudest voices on the left are already screeching about discrimination. “While the verdict focused on religious symbols, the reference was obvious and singular. The debate is around Muslim women’s symbols…this is not a religious issue but a feminist one,” writes Masarat Daud for the International Business Times.
Feminism is an interesting word for someone promoting a pro-Islam agenda. One of the most barbarous aspects of conservative Islam is how poorly it treats women. Muslim women often have no say in how their own life pans out. Hijabs and burqas are worn because Muhammad demands that women cloak themselves in modesty.
“It is a very convenient form of activism to tear off a Muslim woman’s headcover because a sustained solution to empower Muslim women is a much more difficult conversation to have. Those who are truly worried about the empowerment of Muslim women leave their veils alone and get them into the workplace instead,” Daud continues.
Yet Muslim women who are fortunate enough to live in Western countries, join the workforce at far higher rates than their Middle Eastern counterparts. Islam itself is a barrier that prevents women from finding employment outside the home.
Complaints that the ban disproportionately affects Muslim women are unjust. All religious symbols are banned, from the Sikh’s turban to the Christian’s cross.
“Where a ban on employees wearing religious or political symbols is founded on a general company rule of religious and political neutrality, and where that rule is applied equally to all, it can’t be realistically argued that that this constitutes ‘less favorable treatment,’” argues Stephen Evans, the campaigns director at the National Secular Society in the UK.
“Religious and political neutrality is a perfectly reasonable aim and, where businesses and organizations wish to present themselves in such a way, this ruling demonstrates that this approach is perfectly consistent with equality and human rights law.”
Discrimination concerns broadened the law to include all religions. An overt law banning Islamic headscarves would have been too radical.
It’s the courts first ruling on the legality of hijabs in the workplace. The decision comes as governments across the continent grapple with the immigration crisis. France and the Netherlands are on the eve of critical elections. Incumbents are losing steam as conservative parties rise in popularity.
Radical Islam is spreading West at a rapid rate. Not only do Muslim migrants cling to their religion, but Western-born citizens are falling prey to ISIS recruiters at an alarming rate. Many unstable people are attracted to the religion’s violent underbelly.
“The ECJ’s ruling sends out the right signal, especially for Germany,” said Georg Pazderski, Berlin leader of Alternative für Deutschland. “Of course companies have to be allowed to ban the wearing of headscarves.”
Europe is finally waking up to reality. Islam can’t be allowed to dominate the world.