German Church lays down the law for Muslims
Cranmer is indebted the Gates of Vienna for this summary:
In short: Europeans must demand Muslims to respect certain values. Schoolteachers wearing head scarves are unfit to teach. Jewish and Christian symbols can be displayed in schools, because they don’t conflict with the values in Germany’s constitution. Nuns who teach can wear their order’s dress if they so prefer. Oppression of women, honor killings, female genital mutilation, and forced marriages are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated in a democratic society. No person can claim cultural identity as an excuse for violating human rights.
One section states:
Civil servants must at all times adhere to liberal democratic and constitutional structures and concomitantly to the equality of men and women. If a Muslim applicant for a training activity wants to wear a head cloth at public schools with reference to freedom of religion in the service, this behavior justifies doubts about her suitability — in view of the meaning of the head cloth in Islam — as a teacher in a national school.
Apparently, the Muslims of Germany are not very happy with this.
If any of Cranmer’s communicants wishes to read this report, it is to be found here (in German). If any may translate its more salient points, he would be appreciative of the further insights. It sounds like a document worth reading, and nailing to the doors of a number of European institutions…