Like many other European countries, Austria has had its struggles with Islamism. In reaction, the country has toyed with the idea of banning the full-faced veil, not unlike France’s failed attempt to ban the burkini. Austrian President Van der Bellen? He has a different idea.
This was a discussion panel in the house of the European Union in Vienna broadcasted on Austria’s version of PBS. See if you can spot the problem:
“If this continues … with the Islamophobia actually spreading, the day will come when we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – All – from solidarity to those who do it for religious reasons. “
Van der Bellen is an ex-socialist and green party member who became an independent. Kind of like leftists in this country who claim to be “independent” when their every position is slightly to the left of Joseph Stalin. It works similarly in Europe, only with accents. And pot-shot jokes of the Sound of Music nature.
I’d say this is the dumbest idea I’ve heard, except it’s not the first time I’ve heard it (see CNN Asks Americans to Support Muslims… By Wearing Hijabs and German Commercial Encourages Women to be ‘Tolerant’… By Wearing Hijabs).
What should happen in Austria is the opposite of what Van Der Bellen proposed: Islamic women from other countries should adapt to Austrian culture, not Austrian woman covering their edelweiss colored hair with hoods of oppression. We’d call this a step backward into the barbaric stone ages where most modern women would rather not reside. After years of growing accustomed to basic freedoms and human rights. Harlots.
It would’ve been pleasant to see a president stand up for the women in his country, not suggest they cave to Islamophobia and cover up their naughty bits, like their necks and faces, so the men folk won’t uncontrollably rape them. But maybe that’s just too much to ask in 2017.
The second thing that needs to happen is the Austrian people raising symbolic pitchforks by electing a different leader next election cycle, one with a backbone with a slightly stronger fortitude than a Linzer torte. Someone who is more concerned with the safety and freedom of the Austrian people and less concerned with virtue signaling to the raptastic Islamists who might suicide bomb themselves and others. These are but mere suggestions, which I know won’t be taken seriously by an “independent” liberal with the moral compass of an undercooked bratwurst.