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News (Germany): "German State To Require Muslims Take Test On Homosexuality" - 365Gay.com

German State To Require Muslims Take Test On Homosexuality
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

http://365gay.com/Newscon06/01/010206germany.htm

Posted: January 2, 2006 - 9:00 pm ET

(Berlin) Under a new law that went into effect this week the state of Baden-Württemberg is requiring that Muslims applying to become German citizens take a cultural test to determine if they "are suitable".

The test will seek their views on homosexuality and other issues such as bigamy and women's rights. The exam will be on top of a federal test which includes language proficiency skills and a general knowledge of the country.

Prospective citizens must have resided in Germany for at least eight years and have no criminal record.

State officials said that the test will gauge an applicants "loyalty to German values".

Those who pass the test and become German citizens could have it revoked if they are found guilty of homophobia or other crimes such as wife-beating.

Other German states have indicated they are looking at similar tests.

Critics say that the test is biased and discriminatory because it is applied only to Muslims. They say that if a test is to be given it should be administered to any applicant for citizenship.

Supporters of the test say that Muslims in general have shown hostility toward gays.

Both physical and verbal attacks against gays are a crime in Germany.

The Netherlands is considering a similar test. The proposal was made almost a year ago, but parliament has not yet acted.

The Dutch proposal would include questions such as "can two men marry?"

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