German court: No student right to pray in school

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 10:02 AM
German court: No student right to pray in school

Germany's top administrative court has ruled that students don't have the right to pray while in school if a conflict is created.

The court on Wednesday upheld a decision by a lower court which had denied that right to a Muslim student who had demanded a private prayer room at his Berlin high school.

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said while the decision did not prohibit students in general from praying during breaks, the Berlin student did not have a right to pray.

The court said praying should be banned if the religious act can cause religious conflicts at the school _ which it said was the case at the Berlin school. The court also said the creation of a separate prayer room would go beyond the capacities of the Berlin school.