Tuesday, March 7, 2017

German School Bans Muslim Use of Prayer Rugs; Bans Other Muslim Rituals for Being Provocative

A school in western Germany has banned the use of prayer rugs and other traditional Muslim rituals saying they are "provocative" to other students, and sparking debate about freedom of religion, the Independent (British) website reports today (March 7, 2017).

The Gymnasium Johannes Rau, in the city of Wuppertal, sent a letter to staff in February saying Muslim students had been using prayer rugs and performing ritual washing in the restrooms, and it is not permitted and will be reported to the administration.

A strong criticism of ending the Muslim rituals occurred when the letter was posted last week on Facebook.

Authorities say the school was, however, legally allowed to stop people "praying in a provocative manner."

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