Opinion: Islam Classes a Commendable but Long-Term Project

The teaching of Islam is to be added to Germany’s school curricula, but Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble admits the country’s 16 states as well as the Muslim community have yet to agree on the plan’s finer points. It’s hard to imagine Saudi Arabia’s interior minister inviting representatives from the country’s immigrant Christian community to a “Christianity Conference” to discuss social values and the Constitution. And then, moreover, taking the opportunity to promote better integration of Saudi Arabia’s Christian minority, ignoring public prejudices and protests against the building of new, strange-looking churches in their neighborhoods to emphasize the principle of religious freedom and call for Christianity classes in Saudi schools. Rainer Sollich reports.