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Islamic associations are suing the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to have more control over schools. Another step in the bifurcation of education and other services into Islamic and non-Islamic parallel societies.




Die Welt (translated):

It could be exciting for the future of Islamic religious education: The two Islamic umbrella organizations Central Council of Muslims (ZMD) and Islamic Council are suing against the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is a legal dispute that began in late 1998 and now lands again on Thursday in M√ľnster before the Higher Administrative Court. Key questions: Are the two plaintiffs religious communities, and does they have a legal claim to strongly participate in the confessional-oriented subject Islamic religion at NRW schools?

The reality seems to have caught up with the lawsuit – a little bit anyway. Because the subject of Islamic religious education (IRU) is now available in NRW since 2012, other states followed. And in North Rhine-Westphalia, the two plaintiffs are already involved in the design of the subject via an advisory board. But: the whole is just a temporary solution. It expires in mid-2019. What comes next is unclear.

A judgment of the OVG in the complex case already on Thursday is considered probable. “The Senate intends to make a decision that day,” says court spokeswoman Gudrun Dahme. If the plaintiffs win, the consequences of the verdict could be far-reaching. “If the plaintiffs win, then, at the end of the day, some other Islamic religious education would come out than the one we have now.” Dahme assumes that religious education “should then be granted according to the principles of the plaintiffs.” “That means that the country would not have as much influence and voice as it does under the current advisory model.”

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