The president of the publicly recognised Austrian Islamic Community (IGGiOe), Fuat Senac, wants a law penalizing discrimination against Islam.
"If someone is attacked because of his religion, this will have to be punished", he said on Monday to the news daily "Kurier". Besides that he wanted some sort of service point to listen to complaints from those being offended.
However, Muslims have a better life in Austria than in many other countries, he said. Senac criticised Efgani Doenmez, a member of the second chamber of parliament (Bundesrat) of the Greens Party. Doenmez had urged the government to prevent women wearing a burqa from receiving social grants.