Blanket ban on teachers wearing veils in school is not compatible with religious freedom

Source: The Local

The Constitutional Court has ordered the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to review a ban on Islamic veils in its schools. The judges decided that veils do not pose a concrete threat to a school’s learning environment.

The judges in Karlsruhe argued that a blanket ban on teachers wearing veils in school is not compatible with religious freedom, left-wing daily TAZ reports.

The newspaper saw a copy of the ruling on Thursday, although it is not due to be made public until later on Friday.

The ruling came in the case of two Muslim teachers who went to the court because they wanted to cover their heads for religious reasons. One wore a traditional veil, the other a type of hat.

But state officials said they were violating state law by wearing the headgear.

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