Muslim taxi-drivers refuse to carry passengers with alcohol or seeing-eye dogs. Checkout clerks at supermarkets won’t touch pork. There must be footbaths and prayer rooms in airports, universities, public buildings, and… well, just about everywhere.
When local customs clash with the tenets of sharia, local customs must yield.
However, thanks to the efforts of grassroots anti-Islamization activists in Vienna, a small victory has been chalked up for common sense against sharia. Our Austrian correspondent ESW has translated an article from today’s oe24.at, and follows it with her commentary:
Professional School: Muslims must also eat Schnitzel (made of pork)- - - - - - - - -
There is some excitement among Muslim parents in Vienna: Training to become a restaurant worker can only take place if principles of faith are violated.
There are piles of protest letters of Muslim parents in the Vienna editorial department of the Turkish newspaper Zaman. “People are upset. They say it is against human rights and the Austrian constitution, what is expected of students at this school for business professions,” explains Aynur Kirci, editor of the newspaper.
The headmistress of the school for business professions in Meidling [district of Vienna], Elisabeth Berger, is forcing parents of students for next year’s classes, including those of the Muslim faith, to sign a form.
The content of this form: In the class called “Kitchen and Service” all students must learn how to prepare Viennese food and drinks as well as how to advise guests on their food and drink choices. This includes a “proper appearance”, which means: no headscarf while working as a waitress. And because pork is part of Viennese cuisine, students must be able to prepare and to taste pork. In addition, the form says, every student has to — at least — taste alcoholic drinks.
Muslim parents deem all this “a scandal, politically and democratically”.
Vienna school president, Susanne Brandsteidl [a Social Democrat], believes this procedure is absolutely justifiable. “All students must adhere to the house rules, in this case the syllabus. The same rights and responsibilities apply to all.”
It is not possible for students to attend instruction to become a restaurant worker and then refuse to adhere to the curriculum or refuse certain parts of it due to reasons of faith. Brandsteidl also stands behind the school’s headmistress with a legal opinion: “The aim of the curriculum must be adhered to. It is not possible to relieve students from parts of the curriculum for reasons of faith.”
Adds the school president: “Austrian cuisine, a major component of which is pork, is prominently featured in the class curriculum. Advising guests also includes the tasting of alcoholic beverages.” Furthermore, the job description of a restaurant waitress includes “the wearing of proper clothing.” In plain text: If a Muslim girl works as a waitress in a restaurant, she is not allowed to wear a headscarf.
The Turkish daily Zaman is announcing plans to report widely about this “scandal”, perhaps even worldwide. Especially interesting about this: The Turkish media company, active all over the globe, awards an annual prize for “International Understanding”. Current Zaman award-winner in the category politics is: Vienna’s mayor, Michael Häupl.
Comments by ESW:
This is an interesting story, especially since the protagonists are from the Social Democratic party. Susanne Brandsteidl is a known fan of political correctness, multifaith, multi-everything. However, true to Turkish behavior, Zaman is already threatening to expose this “scandal”. This may well turn into a litmus test for the socialist-run city of Vienna about its reaction to Muslim pressure.