For the last five years, 250 schools in Bavaria have offered Islamic religion classes. About 11,000 pupils from muslim families have take part in this pilot project. More want to take the classes but there's a shortage of qualified teachers.
Chancellor Merkel led the response to the new interior minister's remarks, saying the 4 million Muslims living in Germany and their religion belong in the country. SPD ministers called for practical integration measures.
In a slight to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam is not part of German culture. His comments underscore his efforts to push the government to the right.
Berlin has a dream: the House of One. It's intended to serve Christians, Muslims and Jews alike as a place of prayer and teaching. A fantastic idea, says DW columnist Gero Schliess.
Violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have forced Sri Lanka to impose a state of emergency. Despite the move, the government appears uncertain about how to respond to the violence, says analyst Alan Keenan.
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