Wednesday, October 7, 2009

German Court Says Muslim Student Must Be Given Time To Pray

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  • German religious freedom laws require a school to let a devout Muslim student set aside some time during the school day for prayers, a Berlin court ruled.

    • The 16-year old student had argued that he had already compromised with the school by limiting the number of prayers during the school day to one instead of five. Since the student was requesting prayer time that did not interfere with classroom instruction, the court decided that the prayers must be allowed.
    • [HPI note: This is interesting to Hindus as representative of the developments of allowing  religious identity in European classroom. Not long ago, a Hindu girl had problems for expressing her religion by wearing a nose ring.]