ADVERTISING
 
Monday, November 19   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Media
Do the media in your country usually portray evangelical Christians accurately?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Germany
 

Two thirds of Protestants against displaying crosses in public buildings

The Minister President of Bavaria plans to hang the Christian symbol in every state building by June. Catholics mainly oppose the decision as well.

SOURCES Idea AUTHOR Evangelical Focus MUNICH 30 APRIL 2018 10:08 h GMT+1
A cross should be haning on every state building wall in Baviera, Germany. / James LW (Unsplashc, CC0)

The initiative announced last week by Minister President of Bavaria, Markus Söder, to honour the “Christian identity” troughout the biggest ‘Land’ of Germany, has caused a national debate.



A survey published in German newspaper Bild Am Sonntag showed that 64% of the population is against hanging crosses in public buildings.



Even Christians oppose the initiative, according to the survey. 62% of Protestants said they were against, and only 34% in favour.



Among Catholics, 48% of the respondents disapproved the initiative, whereas 38% supported it.



 



CROSS SHOULD NOT BE USED TO DIVIDE, YOUNG CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS



According to German news agency Idea, an open letter by the Union of Young Catholics and the Evangelical Youth (of the mainline Protestant Church) called to stop the initiative.



“As young Christians we are shocked”, the letter says, because “the Christian symbol of the salvation of God for everyone is being used to draw limits and exclude people”.



The political use of Christian symbols only leads to “emptying its theological meaning”, they added.



 



SÖDER: “EXPRESSION OF THE SPIRITUAL CHARACTER OF BAVARIA”



Minister President of Bavaria Markus Söder and his Christian Democrat party CSU said the measure would be implemented in June.



According to Söder, hanging a cross in the entrance of every Bavarian state building is a “visible acknowledgement to the basic values of the social and legislative order”.



Söder defined the cross as a “fundamental symbol of the Christian and Western identity” and displaying it is an “expression of the spiritual and cultural character of Bavaria”.


 


POLL
State and Religion
Should religious symbols be displayed in buildings of the public administration?



SEE MORE POLLS
 
 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Two thirds of Protestants against displaying crosses in public buildings
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!” Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!”

Bulgarian evangelicals protested peacefully on November 11 against a draft law which could severely restrict religious freedom of faith minorities. Churches rallied in Sofia and other cities after the Sunday worship services.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
VIDEO Video
 
Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement” Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement”

“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.