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The situation of persecuted Christians in Germany

According to WCD data from 2020, Christians in the country constitute 65.9 percent. the entire population. A clear downward trend has been observed since the 1990s. The de-Christianization of Germany (still in the 20th century Christians constituted 96% of the society) takes place through the promotion of liberal ideology in the academic and political environment and the promotion of religious pluralism, which paradoxically favors the spread of Islam.


The Federal Constitutional Court – in response to the demographic changes that took place after World War II, during the economic crisis (2008-2012) and recently in connection with mass migration (2012-2017) – suggested that the state must act in accordance with “constructive neutrality”. It resulted in limiting the rights and freedoms of Christians. Freedom of speech and parental rights have been particularly hard hit. German authorities are eagerly fighting religious symbols and censoring the statements of journalists who criticize homosexual practices. In September 2020, the journalist and writer Birgit Kelle, who criticized the gender ideology, was attacked. The so-called culture of erasing, i.e. removing from the media space public persons who speak negatively about gender ideology, same-sex pseudo marriages, abortion, etc.

Korean restaurant owner Park Young-Ai faced a house search and questioning by police in September 2020 for criticizing homosexual acts and referring to Bible verses. The officers applied disproportionate measures to her. A survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute of Public Opinion in 2019 confirmed that two-thirds of respondents believe that you need to be careful when speaking about certain topics, because opinions are acceptable and those that are not tolerated. In particular, you need to be alert to topics related to immigration, homosexuality and patriotism.

Christian schoolchildren and students face persecution because of their faith. The Student Mission in Germany (SMD) has documented dozens of cases of discrimination against Christian student groups. They are denied the use of campus facilities and the rental of rooms. They are not accredited by student governments. They face threats because of their views on moral issues and controversial social issues. They are accused of “homophobia” or “anti-feminism” and are not allowed to organize lectures, discussions, etc.

Initiatives have emerged to ban “controversial books” at universities and to expel lecturers who do not accept homosexuality and other practices contrary to Christian morality. Scholars criticizing abortion are condemned by other faculty. The culture of debate at German universities is clearly narrowing. Attacks on converts are increasing, as is vandalism, looting and damage to property, as well as attacks on clergy and temple burns. Between 2019 and 2020, 255 violent attacks against Christians were documented. In Cologne, the Catholic church, which invited to the screening of the film “Unplanned”, was destroyed. 


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