Some school field trips are more important than others; at least for German schools. But these parents found this out the hard way when they were fined for skipping out on a field trip that they did not want their child to attend.
According to Breitbart News, the parents of one young student were sent to court and fined after preventing the child from attending a field trip to a mosque. The couple was fined last year, but their subsequent appeal was rejected last week. The Higher Regional Court in Schleswig upheld the fine and ruling, which sanctioned the family for skipping out on a field trip they did not wish their child to attend.
Skipping a Field Trip Comes with a Price
In June of 2016, the unidentified parents kept their son home from school for one day because the school had planned a field trip to a mosque. The Rendsburg Mosque is near the school and the trip would take part of a day.
The parents were issued a fine of 50 euros for skipping the trip; the school cited that the child missed several lessons in addition to the mosque trip.
Not Just Germany
Apparently, similar stories are emerging from other parts of Europe. Parents in the UK are skipping school when it comes to mandatory lessons on Islam and mosque visits as well. The increasingly common trips to religious facilities are triggering protests among British parents, who think too much emphasis is being placed on Islam over other religions. Some British parents have begun opting out of mosque trips entirely. The schools have not reacted well.
A Cornwall school singled out students who skipped a trip to a mosque in 2015. The children were publicly berated and repeatedly asked why they were skipping the trip.
Another school simply passed a rule that made mosque trips a requirement. For those pupils, visits to the mosque are now mandatory for all.
In Staffordshire, the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education called out parents for skipping mosque visits, calling those families “islamophobic”:
“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 Islamaphobia [sic] and how this can be addressed,” they said.
Parents Fight Back
In both Germany and the United Kingdom, parents are facing court and financial penalties for skipping out on mosque field trips. Some parents are also keeping children home to skip increasingly frequent lessons on Islam in the classroom. This trend will likely continue, as Muslims outnumber Christians in over 30 church schools in London alone, according to Breitbart.
There has been no penalty in Germany or in the UK for missing a trip to a church, cathedral or Synagogue, only students who skip out on visiting local mosques are called to atone for their actions or charged a financial penalty.
~ Conservative Zone