German court: Ban on teachers wearing head scarves also covers berets

A German court is ruling that a Muslim teacher covering her hair with a beret is equivalent to wearing an Islamic head scarf and can not be permitted. A judge in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, ordered a 36-year-old Muslim teacher to remove the beret she had been wearing in class, pulled down over her hair, since the state banned teachers from wearing head scarves several years ago. The teacher can be fired if she does not comply. The identity of the teacher involved in Thursday's ruling was not released. Her lawyer said she would appeal. Regional law in North Rhine-Westphalia does not allow religious statements that might infringe on the state's neutrality toward students and parents.