Friday, September 23, 2011

Pope tells German Muslims all must be bound by German law - not Sharia law

Meeting representatives of the country's four million Muslims, he said the constitution drawn up in post-war West Germany was solid enough to adapt to a pluralistic society in a globalised world and make room for new religions as well.

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Muslims last year that Islamic law, sharia, had no place in Germany. She and other conservative politicians have recently been stressing Germany's Christian roots.

Benedict told Muslim leaders that societies needed to agree on fundamental principles: "This common frame of reference is articulated by the constitution, whose juridical content is binding on every citizen, whether he belongs to a faith community or not."

| Reuters

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