Bavaria orders crosses to be displayed on all state buildings

Bavaria orders crosses to be displayed on all state buildings May 2, 2018

In a moment of sheer lunacy, the government of Bavaria recently ruled that all entrances to state buildings must display a Christian cross – a move that has annoyed many, including a Catholic cardinal.
Said Bavaria’s new leader, Markus Söder, pictured hanging a cross in the entrance area of the Bavarian state chancellery in Munich on April 24, 2018:

It stands for elemental values, such as charity, human dignity and tolerance.

The state government said in a statement that hanging crosses in public buildings is :

A visible commitment to the basic values of the legal and social order in Bavaria and Germany.


But Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, above, who as recently as 2015 asserted that crosses should be displayed in classrooms and courtrooms, roundly criticised the April decision. He is quoted here as saying that the cross is:

A sign of opposition to violence, injustice, sin and death, but not a sign [of exclusion] against other people..

The cross can be misunderstood as purely a cultural symbol, he said, and thus misused by the state. It is not up to the state to explain what a cross means, the cardinal emphasised, saying that Bavaria’s government has triggered “division, unrest and adversity” with the order.

But the move was welcomed by Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Bavaria’s Regensburg diocese, above. He said:

The cross is the epitome of Western culture. It is the expression of a culture of love, compassion and affirmation of life. It belongs to the foundations of Europe.
Its public presence — which in traditionally Catholic Bavaria is near ubiquitous — should be seen as such, he said, and welcomed and appreciated.

This is the reason, Bishop Voderholzer said, that Christians have placed crosses atop the peaks of Bavarian mountains:

Not the national flag or other symbols of human rule, as others might have liked to see at other times, but the cross. It should be widely visible, the cross, the sign of salvation and life in which Christ is heaven and earth, God and reconciled people, victims and perpetrators.

Söder and other politicians of the state’s governing Christian Social Union party disagreed with Cardinal Marx’s interpretation of the government’s decision.
The accusation that the government would attempt to misappropriate the cross or designate it as a purely cultural symbol was flatly rejected by Söder, a Lutheran who hails from the Protestant region of Franconia in northern Bavaria. He insisted:

Of course, the cross is primarily a religious symbol.

This was also emphasised by Catholic commentator Birgit Kelle in an editorial for the newspaper Die Welt:

Every Muslim, every atheist, and every other believer can feel safe under this cross, which does not constitute a claim to power, but a commitment to treat each person equally and decently, regardless of their background, faith, ability, or gender.

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  • Terry

    The cross is an icon of christain, mainly Roman Catholic, control. It is the icon of the biggest global crime syndicate and pedophile ring. The cross should be as reviled as the swastika. And I thought modern day Germans were smarter and more rational than to allow the RCC to still dominate them. After all it was originally the RCC who peddled the Anti Semitism that poisoned the minds of Germans to such an extent that they supported the Holocaust as did many in the countries that the Nazis infested. If Jews think that the UK Labour party is anti semitic them they should take a long hard look at what the RCC is doing in Germany.
    “Every Muslim, every atheist, and every other believer can feel safe under this cross, which does not constitute a claim to power, but a commitment to treat each person equally and decently, regardless of their background, faith, ability, or gender”. BULLSHIT. The Cross is an Icon of repression, subjucation and exploitation.

  • Broga

    ” It is the expression of a culture of love, compassion and affirmation of life.”
    But in practice its followers have visited death and agony on millions who failed to believe in the Tyrant God as defined by his priests.

  • L.Long

    “It stands for elemental values, such as charity, human dignity and tolerance.” He’s a bald faced LIAR! I’ve read the book o’BS and it does not stand for that at all! Although most hypocritical xtians claim this is so!

  • Angela_K

    Tribal territory marking by Catholics. This is offensive on so many levels, especially to non-believers. And let’s not forget the Christian cross is a torture symbol.

  • AgentCormac

    They’re like dogs pissing on lampposts.

  • David Fleming

    Dogs marking their territory.

  • Cali Ron

    The cross was a device used to torture and kill. It is a symbol of torture and death, so appropriate for religion which has the blood of so many people on it. It’s also a symbol of intolerance reminding non christians they are not a part of or equal to christians and definitely not appropriate for any government building.
    Typical of them to misrepresent their own icon.

  • StephenJP

    “Love, compassion and affirmation of life” be blowed. “Epitome of Western culture” is nearer the mark: Bavaria is the most religiose part of Germany, and this is an attempt by Bavarians to reassert what they see as their core values in the face of Merkel’s immigration policy over the past few years. Since the latter is not exactly popular at the moment, they may be on to something. A very bad sign, all the same.
    And from my climbing days, I know that iron crosses on the tops of mountains are damn dangerous: they attract the wrath of the Lord in the form of lightning. Maybe lots of crosses on doors will do the same.

  • Johan

    Just as dogs piss on posts to mark their ground christians use crosses.

  • gedediah

    How hard is it to understand? Displaying the cross in public places is telling other faiths and atheists you are not welcome here.

  • Vanity Unfair

    GODWIN ALERT
    It would not be the first time crosses have been made mandatory on public buildings in Germany.

  • 1859

    I wonder if there was a cross somewhere in Auschwitz? Buchenwald? Belsen? Dachau? etc?

  • barriejohn

    @1859: Were you thinking of this symbol, by any chance?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika#Hypothesis_of_origin
    The Cross as an icon predates Christianity by millennia, and crucifixions were often carried out using a simple stake anyway (NT reference: “hanged on a tree” in Acts 5:30).