Being a Muslim in a Trump America has proven to be quite a difficult task. The 45th President of the United States of America won the election based off a campaign that saw him sharing a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric.
After his win, the President did not relent in his anti-Muslim sentiments. In fact, one of his first actions as President of the United States was banning entry from seven majority Muslim countries. Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen were covered under a travel ban for 90 days following an order that President Trump signed on 27 January.
With all those actions, the Trump administration may have become the poster boy for anti-Muslim sentiment but a German school recently made a move that could be construed in the same way.
A high school in Western Germany sent out an order banning Muslim students from praying in the open describing their prayer as provocative prayer.
The school released a letter to their staff last month requesting that they identify and report any Muslim student found praying on the school premises.
The note which was translated by Huff Post read;
“Over the past few weeks, it has increasingly been observed that Muslim students are praying visibly in the school building, signalled by ritual washings in the bathrooms, the rolling out of prayer rugs, and taking of certain body postures. This is not permitted”
A spokesperson for the local district council told German outlet, Deutsche Welle, that the measure had to be introduced after “several teachers and students felt themselves under pressure due to the behaviour of the classmates.” Gross also said that the ban on provocative prayer was intended to promote peaceful coexistence and ensure the school peace.
The spokesperson did not elaborate on how Muslim students prayer equalled provocative prayer but did admit that the note included an “unfortunate choice of words.” The note which was posted on social media is already sparking a lot of outcry from people who consider it an attack on religious freedom.