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Danish Muslims Banned From Praying In School

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Muslim students at a Danish college will no longer be allowed to pray during working hours, as “religion doesn’t belong in education,” the principal said recently.

Muslim students are protesting the school’s move to no longer allow prayers on campus. Mia Victoria Lunderod Hansen, a female student at the school, posted a picture on Facebook where she calls for the school to reverse its decision, and treat everybody “equally.”

“We students don’t think this is right and therefore we’ve gone around the school collecting signatures,” Hansen said in the caption. “A situation like this should be taken care of [because] we believe that everyone should be treated equally.”

The prayer ban affects all religions, but was enforced after the Muslim prayers started taking up too much space, according to principal Margrethe Jensen.

“The Muslim prayer has become more and more visible,” Jensen told BT Thursday. “They have in some cases laid down in the hall ways and prayed. Religion does not belong in education, it is part of your private life.”

Some Danish schools ban female students from attending class unless they removed their full-face veils. Politicians have also fought to keep pork dishes as part of the lunch menus after some schools removed it to not offend Muslim students. (RELATED: Pork Wins ‘Meatball War’ With Muslim Immigration In Danish City)

“We have reminded our students about it and reprinted it in our code of conduct because we have had some incidents that required that we brush up on things,” Jensen told BT. “It is not a question of religion or ethnicity, but on learning, as we are an educational institution.”

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