Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hamburg set to be first German state to officially recognize Islam

The Hamburg agreement would integrate Muslims in several practical ways. For example, city schools would have to hire Muslims to teach Islam in religion classes all pupils attend. These are now run by teachers from the local Lutheran church.

It would ensure burial rights in municipal cemeteries, so Muslims can be interred in shrouds rather than coffins and have no other religious symbols nearby. Many immigrants prefer to be buried in their original countries to ensure a Muslim burial.

Muslim pupils would be free to skip school on two or three Islamic holidays and Muslim preachers could be posted in prisons.