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Secular state must monitor mosques, says Kauder

(London Post)    Mosques in Germany should be placed under state supervision, according to a leading conservative parliamentarian. Volker Kauder distanced himself, however, from a Bavarian call that imams speak German.

Sermons delivered in some mosques in Germany do not conform with Germany’s secular state precepts, said Kauder who heads the conservatives’ parliamentary group in Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag.

Germany was constituted as a secular state in which religion does not stand above the state, but rather the state over religion, Kauder told the “Berliner Zeitung” newspaper.

All must comply with this precept, said Kauder, while claiming that in some mosques within Germany sermons were held that did conform with the modern understanding of statehood.

“There is a need for the state to act,” Kauder said. “There must be supervision.”

ipj/kms (KNA, dpa, Reuters)

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