BERLIN, June 1, 2006 (UPI) — Legislators in Germany’s largest state have voted to ban Muslim teachers from wearing headscarves at work.
The regional parliament of North-Rhine Westphalia approved the ban on Wednesday, Deutsche Welle reported. Half of the country’s states now have headscarf bans.
Muslims are the third-largest religious group in Germany after Protestants and Catholics. Critics of headscarf bans say the policies can make it almost impossible for Muslim women to become teachers — and are unfair because they single out Islam.