German court OKs head scarf ban for teachers

January 15, 2007 16:36

A court on Monday upheld a ban on Muslim teachers wearing head scarves in the schools of a German state under a law that says teachers' attire must be in line with "Western Christian" values. A Berlin-based Islamic group had complained about the law, which authorities in the conservative-run state of Bavaria have used to ban head scarves while allowing Roman Catholic nuns to continue to wear their habits in schools. However, the Bavarian Constitutional Court ruled Monday that the application of the law in the southern state neither violated religious freedoms nor was discriminatory.

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