Mr Kurz’s spokesman said the legislation was being drafted “because there (at schools), it’s about the effect of role models and the influence on young people”.
Crosses in the classrooms wouldn’t be questioned. Crosses in the classrooms are part of historically grown culture in Austria
He said: “Crosses in the classrooms wouldn’t be questioned. Crosses in the classrooms are part of historically grown culture in Austria.”
Kurz has previously made calls for a nationwide ban on full body veils and urged authorities to implement restrictions on Koran distributions by Salafist Muslims in the central European nation – a move which would go further than the French headscarf ban.
Muna Duzdar (left) is also working on the draft legislation
She added: “I’m open to discussions about this but in reality one cannot pick individual religions. If you discuss religious dress and symbols, you have to speak about all religions.”
Muslim pressure groups moved quickly to condemn Kurz’s initiative, accusing the minister of double standards.
France adopted a face veil ban in 2004
Mr Ibrahim Olgun, head of the IGGIO, said wearing headscarves was a form of liberation for women and a symbol that fought against societal “patriarchal prejudices”.
He added: “Do you want to push the emancipated and educated women… push them back into the kitchen?