Bavaria has become the second German state to propose the ban of headscarves in schools. Following in the controversial footsteps of its neighbors in Baden-Württemberg, Bavarian government officials announced the draft bill on Tuesday. If passed by the southern German state’s parliament, where the ruling Christian Social Union has a two-thirds majority, Muslim teachers would no longer be allowed to wear headscarves in class. Monika Hohlmeier, Bavaria’s education minister, said that the headscarf as a religious symbol reduces the position of women in society, state and family and effectively prevents the emancipation of Muslim women. This stands as a contradiction to the democratic and constitutional values of Bavaria, she added. The Bavarian state parliament is expected to take final decision on the bill in January.