German parents may face trial after refusing mosque field trip


The prosecutor’s office in Germany’s Itzehoe is reviewing whether or not the parents of a seventh grader may have to appear in court because they failed to pay a truancy fine over a skipped field trip to a mosque.

The 13-year-old student’s parents refused to allow their son to join his classmates on the June 14 school trip of this year to a mosque in the northern German town on Rendsburg, prosecutor Peter Müller-Rakow said on Wednesday. The field trip was reportedly part of a geography lesson.

…The father justified the decision by citing “ideological reasons” in a written letter to the school which was published online by the family’s lawyer Alexander Heumann.

The letter emphasized that the parents worried about their child’s safety, saying: “For years we have been hearing reports about religiously-motivated violence connected with Islamic people.”

The parents do not belong to any religious group and worried that their son could possibly be “indoctrinated” during the trip. The couple said no one can be forced to enter a house of worship.                                                                        h/t