School management has forced a teacher in Berlin, Germany, to remove a cross necklace from her attire when she’s in the classroom. School administrators in the capital city enforced a neutrality law that bans teachers and civil servants from wearing religious symbols and clothing in public. “The neutrality law has generally applied to Muslim women who wear a hijab, or headscarf,” reported The Local, an English-language publication in Germany.
Across Europe, controversial Muslim headscarf bans have sparked debate on this issue.”To be banned are visible symbols of a religious affiliation,” Yale University noted about the situation in Berlin. “Pieces of jewelry, however, such as a cross on a chain, are allowed. City-run kindergartens, adult education institutions and vocational schools will also be exempted from the ruling. Religious education in public schools will also not be affected.” READ MORE