German Court: Muslim boy must attend school’s Catholic service

A newly published decision from March reveals that Germany’s Constitutional Court rejected a lawsuit by Muslim parents who wanted their son to be exempt from the religious teachings at a publicly funded Catholic school in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the court, the boy’s parents did not make a strong enough argument for the judges to consider the case.

Underlining Germany’s sometimes porous boundary between church and state, the court has effectively affirmed the elementary school’s right to force non-Catholic students to attend religion classes and services.

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  • WalterBannon

    I am an atheist, and I grew up bowing my head and reciting the lords prayer with the rest of the class all through public school. Never harmed or bothered me, just went through the motions. This is what integration means – you go along with the culture of the majority to get along and fit in. Meanwhile the left has been busy trying to eradicate this indigenous western culture – its enough to motivate me to become a radical convert to Christianity just in time to join a new crusade against the left and their muslim invader-colonists…

    • A Hamilton Guy

      Yes Walter; they can piss you off.

  • simus1

    Way back when:
    The one state church of many if not all German states had dibs to a sort of surtax on all property tax and rental income from all property. Didn’t matter what religion the payer was. Be sort of amusing if it still applies to all the new merkelkinder.

    • canminuteman

      I think the way it works now is that you must declare a religion on your tax forms and a portion of your tax funds that denomination. So sort of the same thing.

  • Caspar

    Good.

  • AlanUK

    We sent all 3 of our children to a total of 2 Roman Catholic schools, both of them run by nuns. Since we were members of a small Protestant sect at the time we discussed the issues with the Head Teachers (nuns, of course). We (and the nuns) considered the benefits of going to RC church schools out-weighed other aspects. They attended all services and RE classes and if there was any friction with other (RC) children we heard nothing of it.

    In accepting our family the Head Teachers waved their strong preference for RC families and respected our position as we respected theirs. I cannot recall any negative feedback at any time.

    The impact on our children was interesting! They found the services and RE lessons to be BORING, even though we sat through much longer preaching services as a family. The impact was not to look down at Roman Catholicism but they could see it was different and while it had good points (for example the importance of a strong family and of mutual love and support) they strongly preferred our home life.

    We integrated with the school and I think all sides benefited.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      Good on “ya!

  • What do people expect when they send their children to certain schools?

    • Alain

      I suspect it is like those seeking out known practising Christian businesses to demand they bake a homosexual type cake or whatever.

      • There is always money in something and – more importantly – submission.

  • canminuteman

    When I was a kid and went to public school in Canada (’70’s) we had catholic schools and Public schools. In the Public school we said prayers and had bible reading every day. The public school, was basically the protestant school.

    • WalterBannon

      yup

  • DaninVan

    I’m a bit confused; are all German schools religion based?
    Ie, no secular Public schools? Just curious.

  • Lightstream

    Finally, a court that’s not pandering to the minorities.