After not allowing their young son to attend a school field trip to a local mosque, parents were fined 50 euros for making him miss several lessons that day, losing their higher court appeal last week of a German district court’s decision.
The alleged offence took place back in June 2016, when the parents of the boy would not permit him attend school that day to avoid the visit to Rendsburg Mosque and subsequent lessons.
“The parents were fined by a district court in Northern Germany in July last year after they prevented their son from attending the trip, but when the pair attempted to appeal the court ruling, they were rejected by the Higher Regional Court in Schleswig,” the Neon Nettle media group reported. “The court fined the parents 50 euros because they had allegedly forced their child to miss several lessons, according to [German daily] Hamburger Morgenpost.”
Islamic indoctrination mandatory …
The recent ruling affirms the district court’s determination that schoolchildren in Germany have no choice but to attend mandatory school field trips to mosques – and those who don’t will end up in court facing “truancy” charges.
“[T]he parents had been [initially] issued a 270-British pound ($353-dollar) fine from the local education authority, after they stopped their 13-year-old son from going on the geography field trip in the northern German town of Rendsburg in Kiel,” the United Kingdom paper, the Express, reported in October 2016. “A Ministry of Education in Germany has rules [that] all children must visit mosques on school trips.”
Fear that their teenager would be pushed to accept Islamic beliefs was the motivating factor behind the parents’ resolve to withhold their son from the mosque visit and subsequent lessons enforcing and validating what teachings students learned from the Islamic center of worship.
“The parents who originally sparked the debate said they don't belong to any religious group, and cited ‘ideological reasons’ for their decision, claiming they were worried their son could become ‘indoctrinated’ by the trip,” the Express’s Indra Warnes informed at the time. “In a letter addressed to the school, the father reportedly argued, ‘For years, we have been hearing reports about religiously motivated violence connected with Islamic people.’"
Parents argued that legal guardians and children should have the decision of whether or not they (underaged students) enter religious centers.
“They maintained that nobody should be forced to enter a place of worship against their will,” Warnes noted. “The parents said they feared their son could be 'indoctrinated' by the geography field trip.”
But the head of the school asserted that everyone must abide by the country’s rules that all students comply and attend.
“Meanwhile, the school's principal, Renate Fritzsche, said no exceptions could be made to Germany's mandatory education laws,” Warnes added.
Problems across the English Channel, as well
A similar controversy rages in the U.K., as well, where British parents have also reportedly removed their children from lessons on Islam and refused to give schools permission for their children to attend local mosques.
“In Cornwall, a school reacted to parents pulling their children out of a trip in 2015 by publicly humiliating their children, singling them out in front of other pupils by forcing them to answer questions as to why they could not attend the mosque,” Breitbart News reported. “Later that year, governors of a rural school in Cornwall reacted to concerned parents by simply making mosque trips mandatory for all pupils.”
Two year later, parents allegedly suffering from so-called “Islamophobia” were found to be at fault in the matter.
“In 2017, Staffordshire’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) also wrote a document in reaction to parents pulling their children out of mosque visits, claiming that ‘Islamophobia’ may have been behind the trend,” Breitbart’s Chris Tomlinson recounted.
The education officials indicated that mosques, in particular, have been targeted in the objections, and suggested that such fears are rooted in discrimination and should be changed.
“While objections are raised about visits to a number of places of worship, they are most frequently about visits to mosques, which raises the bigger issue of Islamophobia and how this can be addressed,” SACRE declared in its reaction letter, according to Breitbart.
Similar to growing concerns in Germany, British parents are wanting to keep their children from being subjected to indoctrinating lessons on Islam following mosque visits – fearing propagation of the religion in the wake of numerous Islamic terrorist attacks resulting in mass killings throughout the island nation in recent years.
“Earlier this year, it was revealed that parents in Essex have gone even further, and have not only stopped their children visiting mosques, but have also removed them from Religious Education lessons on Islam,” Tomlinson informed.