German state court struck down Muslim headscarf ban

On July 7, 2006, a court in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg struck down a ban on the wearing of headscarves by female Muslim teachers. The case originated when Baden-Wuerttemberg passed a law in 2004 forbidding "outward expressions that undermine the neutrality of the government or peace between political and religious creeds in school." Baden-Wuerttemberg defended the law, arguing that public school teachers needed to show political and religious neutrality, but the administrative tribunal held that the legislation was discriminatory because it applied to Muslim women wearing headscarves and not Catholic nuns wearing veils.


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