DENMARK: School bans Muslims from praying during school hours

776503SOPU in Hillerød – an educational institution that offers social and health education, adult vocational training courses and other classes – is defending its decision to prohibit Muslim women and students from praying and practicing their religion while on school grounds.

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CPH POST  “Some have seen a young woman lie down and pray in a communal area,” SOPU head Inger Margrethe Nielsen told Berlingske. “We have had her training manager have a chat with her. We have a number of rules at the school, and one of them is that you keep private matters such as faith and politics to yourself.”

The school also said its rules reflect what students will encounter when they leave school to take a job, as practicing religion is not allowed in most workplaces.

The case follows one in which six Muslim women were last month refused an education at VUC Lyngby because they wore niqabs that left only their eyes visible. They were offered an online education in lieu of class time.

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