European Union: End The Hijab Ban
Together, we can raise our voices and support our Muslim families in Europe. Your signature and our petition will be hand-delivered to all the EU consulates in Houston and sent to the Embassies in Washington DC.
Recently, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg Germany ruled against religious expression in the workplace. Employees are no longer allowed to wear religious articles of clothing including hijabs, yarmulkes, cross necklaces, turbans, or tischels.
This ruling, along with others, acts in direct opposition to the principles of religious freedom in public and private spaces for all people in Europe. Both international law and European convention guarantee liberty and respect for human rights for all people, including religious freedom.
We ask that the European Union consider the following points:
- Policymakers continue an open dialogue with faith communities to better understand how to best serve their faith communities.
- Policymakers should advance incentives for private businesses to allow religious attire.
- Policymakers should address the tension and hurt that this ruling may cause by strengthening community relationships.
With your support and signature, this letter will be sent to every European Union consulate in Houston and the embassies in DC to communicate our belief in the necessity of religious expression. Together, we can raise American Muslim voices in support of international religious freedom.
RE: European Union’s Denial of Religious Expression in the Workplace
<Consul General or Ambassador> –
The judgment made on July 15, 2021, by the Court of Justice of the European Union to justify employer regulation of religious freedom in the workplace has sparked discussion amongst leaders and states across the world.
In recent years, the European Union has served as a leader in anti-discrimination policies. The protection of people against discrimination based on race and ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation has been an essential part of Europe’s longstanding tradition of ensuring equality for all.
This is why the restriction of religious articles is surprising and disappointing to many.
Providing professional and quality service within the workplace while also adhering to one’s faith are not mutually exclusive. Outward displays of religious beliefs or convictions – Christian cross necklaces, Muslim hijabs, Jewish yarmulkes – do not inhibit an employee’s ability to maintain an ethic of professionalism and service.
We believe the suggestions listed below can serve to reaffirm its dedication to anti-discrimination once again:
- Promoting Dialogue – EU policymakers should continue cultivating fruitful conversations with domestic and foreign interfaith groups to ensure that optimal public policy measures are being pursued. Dialogue between European communities and government should also be encouraged across religious, racial, and ethnic lines.
- Domestic Policy – Legislators should advance incentives via domestic policy for companies to permit religious clothing.
- Community Building – Acknowledging the tension that will arise as a result of this ruling, European policy initiatives should focus on the increased inclusion of faith communities. The goal should be to enhance the cohesion, comfort, and connection of Europeans. Public interfaith programs contribute to this by ensuring all perspectives are acknowledged when creating policy and community networks.
We hope to welcome you to our community for dialogue and sharing of our faith beliefs. Should you require any assistance, please feel free to contact us at Minaret Foundation.
Minaret Foundation’s mission is to lift American Muslim voices for sustainable change through multi-faith and civic engagement. We are a non-partisan Texas-based 501(c)3.
May God continue to bless you and your nation –