In response to a recent court decision that said a Berlin high school must provide a Muslim student with a prayer room, a debate has flared up that pits religious freedom against a German law to keep public institutions religion-neutral.

Berlin Senator for Education Juergen Zoellner defended his decision not to contest the court's decision. The state expects the "place of education, the school, to act neutrally," Zoellner told RBB Inforadio.

He was afraid any action could be perceived as "trying to influence the content" of the legal case, which is still awaiting a second phase.

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