No blanket ban on headscarfs in German schools

A blanket ban on headscarves for teachers in public schools is not compatible with the Constitution and freedom of religion. This was decided today by the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany.

“In order to justify a ban, an external religious expression would not only have to pose an abstract, but a sufficiently specific risk of undermining the peace at school or state neutrality”, the court says. The NRW School Act must now be revised.

The Minister of Education of North Rhine-Westphalia, Sylvia Löhrmann, welcomed the ruling and said the country will implement the decision immediately. (ws)

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