The Independent is reporting that the head of the German Protestant Church has called for Islam to be taught in all state schools in order to prevent young Muslims from being drawn into radicalisation.
Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, who leads the Evangelical Lutheran Church, said teaching “extensive” Islam classes in German schools would give Muslim students the chance to adopt a critical approach to their own religion.
In an interview with the Heilbronner Stimme newspaper, the bishop said all faiths in Germany must be compatible with the country’s democratic constitution.
“Tolerance, religious freedom and freedom of conscience must apply to all religions,” he said.
Mr Bedford-Strohm’s proposed that Islamic associations in Germany should be responsible for the courses and said he hoped they would organise themselves to be a “clear partner” for the German state.
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