"Islam must be taught in all German schools to help 'immunize' pupils from radical leanings, Bavarian bishop of the Lutheran Church argues, calling on Muslim organizations to take responsibility for religious education.
Introduction of 'extensive Islam classes' in all German schools would best safeguard young Muslims from 'fundamentalists’ temptation' towards them, Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (EFD), Bavarian Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm said, Heilbronne Stimme newspaper reported on Friday.
Muslim schoolchildren must also have an opportunity to critically familiarize themselves with their religious traditions, the bishop believes.
'In the meantime, they can learn something new about Islam – and this is to be based on the Basic Law [the German Constitution],' he added.
Either the government or the religious communities should have a lead role in introducing Islam as a school subject, Bedford-Strohm said. 'I wish that Muslims in Germany could have clear communication with the state. Then Islamic organizations may also take responsibility for the religious education in schools, like the Christian churches do.'"
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