NORWAY -- After an EU ruling on banning the hijab at the workplace, a commissioner in Oslo has responded by calling for the recruitment of more women with hijab. Oslo politician Carl I. Hagen now questions the intelligence of the left.
Last week, Norwegian politician Carl I. Hagen paid tribute to the EU for making it possible for employers to ban the use of religious garments.
- It is very gratifying that an EU ruling states that an employer may prohibit employees to wear visible political, philosophical and religious symbols at their workplace, Hagen wrote on his Facebook page.
Important to recruit hijab-women
After the statement, Hagen received harsh criticism in the mainstream Norwegian press, and the large newspaper VG gave earlier socialist politician Inga Marie Thorkildsen a stage. She is now Chief Commissioner for care of seniors, health and social services in Oslo, and had this to say to Hagen and the Norwegian people.
- I want more with hijab to Oslo municipality. It is important that we recruit especially for the elderly care, which Hagen is so concerned about. It is completely indifferent to me whether a woman wears a hijab. As long as she wants to, is engaged and competent, and can speak Norwegian, says the Commissioner to VG.
In retrospect, the debate has raged, and many on the left have argued that one can equate a ban on the hijab, with the school offering church service.
Hagen believes these people are less gifted.
- I see that some with very limited intelligence are trying to equate a ban on the Islamic headscarf as a symbol on the job with the school offering church service.
Firstly a hijab is a flashy Islamic symbol which signifies that the wearer of the garment has religious, political and cultural opinions that are far from Western values of equality, freedom of speech, freedom, democracy, etc. Therefore, all public workplaces should prohibit it for their employees. An offer of church service from Norwegian schools in good Norwegian tradition, is something quite different because it is based on complete freedom for parents and students. It is an offer in a historically and traditionally Christian country. But some pretend they are stupid! It's not my problem!, Hagen writes on his Facebook page.
The criticism against Hagen's EU tribute about banning the hijab, has been the most intense among women in leading roles in Norwegian society. Especially politicians belonging to the left, who simply cannot stop proving Hagen right.
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