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Yurttagül, Ali

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Zaman - Turkey | 19/03/2015

German headscarf ruling exemplary

The German Constitutional Court's ruling last week that teachers may wear headscarves is exemplary for religious freedom, the Islamic-conservative daily Zaman comments: "Nowadays in Germany the headscarf is just as much an everyday symbol of belief as the cross. ... According to the constitution the state is obliged to guarantee religious freedom and the practice of religion for its citizens. To fulfil this obligation the state must regard all religions with the same neutrality. ... These conditions in non-secular Germany call into question the purportedly secular Turkey. As we know, secular Turkey is not neutral. The state ignores other religions and even marginalises them. ... Because the courts in Germany are sensitive in their interpretation of basic rights the kind of despotism we see in Turkey is virtually impossible."

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