Why can't you choose your religion

Religious instruction

In Germany, it is not the schools - and thus the state - but the religious communities that are responsible for the content of religious instruction. You choose the teachers and determine, for example, what will be dealt with in the classroom. In our Basic Law, the most important code of law in Germany, it is even written that religion must be offered in schools.

Religion is mostly taught separately

Religious instruction is regulated a little differently in each of our 16 federal states. Only one thing is the same almost everywhere: religion is taught strictly separately. Protestant students attend Protestant religious education classes, Catholic students attend Catholic classes, and in every second federal state there are now also classes for Muslims. If you do not belong to any faith, teaching is voluntary. Lessons are compulsory for everyone else. However, students can unsubscribe from religious education classes.

Students can cancel their religion classes

At the age of 14 young people in almost all federal states can decide for themselves whether they want to take part in religious education or not. You are then "of religious age". This means that they also have the right to leave the previous religious community or to join another religious community. If you deregister from religious education classes, you usually get substitute classes such as ethics or philosophy.

Status: 06/13/2017, 2:15 p.m.