Posted by: becketfund | August 14, 2007

Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia Upholds Headscarf Ban

Deutsche Welle reports that on August 14, a Dusseldorf administrative court upheld a ban on Muslim headscarves for female teachers in the state’s schools.  The state, North Rhine-Westphalia, has banned religious symbols in public schools since June 2006.  The teacher, Brigitte Weiss, has said she would appeal the ruling.  Headscarves are banned in eight out of sixteen German states, though some states have chosen to allow teachers to wear hats or wigs in the classroom if they wish to cover their hair.


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