In 2010, the German legal system appeared to have regained a bit of its sanity when, on appeal from the city’s education authorities, Berlin’s highest administrative court put aside the lower court’s ruling. The leftist coalition that rules the city not only rightly saw the schools’ “religious neutrality” endangered by the 2008 ruling, but also its whole multicultural integration policy for students. This policy is known by the strange moniker “Pacification Through Neutrality,” inferring Berlin schools are potential multicultural war zones.
The administrative court based its decision on the fact that this “religious neutrality” was necessary to maintain a peaceful environment in the Diesterweg Gymnasium, since it contained so many students from different religious backgrounds. The Muslim prayer ritual, the court decided, contained a “considerable potential for violence” if performed in the school and could cause a perception among students of different religious beliefs that they were being denied full religious freedom.
“This is a good day for German schools,” said Principal Burchardt after the ruling, probably very happy her school was going to remain among the pacified.
But Burchardt’s joy must have been short-lived, as Mitschele then launched an appeal of the Berlin court’s decision in the federal administrative court in Leipzig. And although his appeal was defeated last week, the Leipzig court still deemed prayer could, “in principle,” take place in other public schools, depending on the circumstances.
“The school must see whether it is truly necessary for peace in the school to restrict religious freedom,” said Werner Neumann, the presiding judge.
Considering the number of schools in Germany, although he lost his case, Mitschele may still have scored a success. His legal odyssey has possibly opened the door for hundreds of similar legal challenges concerning Muslim school prayer in the future.
This is not the first time Muslim provocateurs have challenged the “religious neutrality” of German schools. Some female Muslim teachers continued to wear headscarves in the classroom after they were banned in most German states. In 2009, the chairman of Germany’s Turkish Association proposed that all students in Germany, both Muslim and non-Muslim, get a holiday on the Muslim festival day that marks the end of Ramadan.
The chairman claimed such a move would be a sign of tolerance when, as one German journalist noted, it is actually a stealthy way to introduce a Muslim holiday into the schools. This, in turn, would promote Islam in the schools at the expense of other religions.
Unfortunately for Germany, the Islamic supremacists, who can never accept Islam being equal to other religions, will never stop trying to establish Islam’s superiority in the schools. So German school authorities can probably expect more court challenges and disruptions.
Ironically, it is Germany’s leftist multiculturalists who paved the way for the Islamic supremacists. Like elsewhere in the West, the multiculturalists were the ones who destroyed the dominant societal position their own native culture enjoyed to create the level playing field the supremacists are now trying to dominate.
And what is particularly evil is that Western multiculturalists culturally levelled their societies not out of love or respect for other cultures, which were mostly unfamiliar to them until they landed on their shores, but rather out of hatred for their own. And as the world has so often seen, and the West is currently seeing with Islamic supremacism, nothing good ever comes out of hatred.
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