Atheists, make way for this strange bedfellow.
The head of the German Bishops’ Conference has sharply criticized the premier of the southern German state of Bavaria for ordering Christian crosses to be hung in all state buildings.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx told German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday that Premier Markus Söder’s order had sparked public “division, unrest and animosity.”
If you’ll recall, last week, Söder, who is the head of the southern German state of Bavaria, crowed about a new law saying that government buildings over which he and his cabinet have jurisdiction will be required to display crosses in the entrance halls. The measure is slated to go into effect on June 1. Bavarians, Söder said, should see the move as an acknowledgement of their state’s culture, not a promotion of Christianity.
But Marx, who is based in the Bavarian capital, Munich, suggested Söder did not understand the true meaning of the cross.
“You don’t understand the cross if you only see it as a cultural symbol,” Marx said. Söder’s order, he added, had amounted to “expropriating the cross in the name of the state.”
I’m not exactly sure what that means. Maybe Marx isn’t so much pro-church-state separation as he is invested in the idea that the cross must be viewed as the uniquely Christian symbol it clearly is.
Either way, that serves the secular argument just fine, in this case. If Söder’s plan to mix religion and politics through an appeal to “culture” finds little or no support among Christian leaders, whatever their reasons, the odious law is further de-legitimized.
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