German States May Pass Laws to Ban Headscarfs in Response to High Court Decision

October 10, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On October 10, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "following a decision by Germany's highest court, allowing teacher Fereshta Ludin to wear her head scarf in class as long as there are no state laws against it...a majority of German states, including Berlin, have announced plans to pass such laws.

In the debate that has ensued, politicians and Muslim leaders have begun to ask some serious questions about the place their religion and identity holds in a Europe rooted in Christianity and Judaism, but with a growing Muslim population."