Via The Local:
Education Minister Annette Schavan has defended the controversial policy of introducing lessons about Islam into German school classes, saying they aided integration.
She said learning lessons about Islam had been very constructive in schools, leading to better understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim students.
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“Of course I know about the fears of many Germans in connection with this topic,” she told Focus magazine. “But I see it as experienced religious freedom, as a dialogue between Christianity and Islam.”
She said there was no way such lessons were about installing Koran schools, or offering a platform to radical Islamists.
“No, we want to use this to bring Islam out of the back yard and make it transparent,” she said.