European court of justice allows hijabs to be banned at the workplace

President Donald J. Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, as well as members of his staff have all been called bigots. A recent ruling by the European Union’s highest court could certainly be considered bigoted.

As reported by The Guardian, the court just issued a ruling that will allow companies throughout the continent to prevent their workers from wearing any visible religious symbols, a judgment that is likely to have at least some impact on the upcoming elections in France and the Netherlands.

Conservative politicians have welcomed the ruling, which they say was necessary to jibe with laws in some countries like France that have enacted bans on hijabs – traditional headwear for Muslim women that largely obscures their faces and, hence, hides their identities. France, in particular, has been hit with a number of high-profile attacks by Islamic extremists loyal to the Islamic State. Germany has had trouble as well. (RELATED: Read about the deadly attack by suspected Islamist terrorists that killed 100+ in Paris, as unarmed citizens were held hostage.)

The European Court of Justice’s ruling in Luxembourg allows for bans of religious garments, but only as part of a larger, general policy that bans all religious and political symbols, The Guardian noted. It was the court’s first ruling pertaining to Islamic headscarves at work. (RELATED: Marine La Pen Refuses Headscarf, Cancels Meeting With Top Cleric For Sunni Muslims.)

The ruling also noted that customers cannot demand that workers remove their headscarves if the particular company has not adopted a policy banning religious symbols and wear.

The Guardian noted further:

The long-awaited ruling came on the eve of Dutch elections, where Muslim immigration has been a contentious issue. In France, where the race to succeed President François Hollande remains wide open, politicians on the right seized on the issue.

French presidential candidate François Fillon, who opposes the rising presence of Islam throughout his country, spoke favorably of the ruling. In a statement, Fillon said the ruling was “an immense relief, not just for thousands of companies but also for their workers.” He added that the judgment would also become “a factor in cohesion and social peace,” especially in France, where 5 to 7 percent of the population is Muslim, the largest in Western Europe. Germany has the second-largest Muslim population, according to the Pew Research Center.

Rassemblement Bleu Marine MP Gilbert Collard, who supports Right-leaning French presidential contender Marine Le Pen’s Front National, said the ruling was an endorsement. “Even the ECJ votes Marine,” he tweeted.

The German conservative party Alternative für Deutschland, also praised the decision. “The ECJ’s ruling sends out the right signal, especially for Germany,” said the political party’s leader, Georg Pazderski. “Of course companies have to be allowed to ban the wearing of headscarves.”

The court’s joint ruling in two separate cases of women – one from France and the other from Belgium – were dismissed from jobs after they refused to remove their headscarves when asked.

“An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination,” the ruling noted. The court also noted that a company had a right to adopt policies that make it appear neutral, and banning all religious and political symbols appears to be about as noncommittal as a firm could get. (Related: Keep up with with more conservative happenings around the globe at

“The court of justice finds that G4S’s internal rule refers to the wearing of visible signs of political, philosophical or religious beliefs and therefore covers any manifestation of such beliefs without distinction,” the court noted. “The rule thus treats all employees to the undertaking in the same way, notably by requiring them, generally and without any differentiation, to dress neutrally.”

In the U.S., the political Left supports any and all things Muslim, but has a major problem with public and personal displays of Christian religious paraphernalia and support for President Donald J. Trump. That’s the only way to explain its opposition to a Trump-ordered travel ban to the U.S. from countries rife with Islamic terrorism that also gave asylum preference to persecuted Christians in those countries.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.


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