State-sponsored lessons in Islam could protect young Muslims from radical ideologies, the Evangelical Church's head bishop has said. The pontiff has called for all schools in Germany to teach the religion.

"Young Muslim pupils should get the chance to critically analyze their religion's traditions," Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chairman of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), told German newspaper "Heilbronner Stimme."

This could be the best way to make young people immune to fundamentalist ideas, he said.

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