Bavaria: AfD parliamentarians take Islam classes to court

Munich (dpa / lby) - After they failed in an urgent procedure, AfD members of the state parliament now want to have their lawsuit against the teaching of Islam in Bavaria's schools clarified in the main by the Constitutional Court.

Bavaria: AfD parliamentarians take Islam classes to court

Munich (dpa / lby) - After they failed in an urgent procedure, AfD members of the state parliament now want to have their lawsuit against the teaching of Islam in Bavaria's schools clarified in the main by the Constitutional Court. Among other things, they claim that there was not a sufficient number of parliamentarians present at the vote on the introduction of Islam lessons in the state parliament. The law does not have sufficient democratic legitimacy.

In terms of content, the AfD parliamentarians see the law as a violation of the duty of neutrality in religious matters. Muslims would thus be given preference over other non-Christian religious communities. In addition, the financing has not been clarified.

However, the Constitutional Court had already expressed considerable doubts about the AfD arguments when it rejected the complaint in the urgent proceedings. In August last year, the judges announced that the challenged regulations were not obviously unconstitutional, either for formal or material reasons.

In the summer of 2021, the state government and state parliament decided to introduce Islam classes. In this way, the many Muslim students in Bavaria's schools can be offered religious instruction, but the content of this is not controlled by Islamic associations, but by the Bavarian state.

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