An Afghan culture-enricher expressed his theological differences with an Evangelical church in the German city of Nordhausen by removing the furniture and appointments from the church. The responsible authorities acted with tolerant firmness against the misguided miscreant in a manner that can only be comprehended if one is German.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Neue Nordhäuser Zeitung:
Different Creeds At the Frauenberg Church
Church cleared because of religious differences
Thursday afternoon at the Frauenbergkirche in Nordhausen: Pastor Klemens Müller happened to look out of the window and watched a man carry the movable furniture out of the church. He had already dragged chairs, hymnals, and the cross from the church wall and other altar items onto the forecourt and didn’t seem to have finished his work yet…
When approached by the pastor, who had hurried over and had not ordered an evacuation team for his church, the young man justified his actions with religious principles. In the dispute with Pastor Müller, who was introduced to the Frauenberg congregation at the beginning of October, he described the Christian faith as wrong and took the view that it is fundamentally a mistake that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Which is why he felt compelled to redecorate a house of worship in such a manner. He did not act aggressively and made his point of view clear that he could not accept the Christian faith. However, he was so understanding that he stopped his clearing work after Pastor Müller confronted him.
However, the congregation of the St. Maria Frauenberg Church had imagined something different under its previously quite successful slogan of an “open church”. On Sunday, the generous opening times of the church, which have been offered for weeks, will end as planned. There will not be a figure of Christ on the cross for the time being, because it broke during the “transport work”. Whether it was intentional or accidental cannot be determined after the fact. While Pastor Müller was in dialogue with the peaceful and calm man about questions of faith, his secretary called the police, who in the end imposed a ban on the intruder and, after recording his personal details, pronounced a dismissal and filed a complaint.
It is now up to the parish to decide whether the religious zealot will be charged with burglary or trespassing. The police report later states that a 30-year-old man rioted and a complaint was made.
For everyone who is interested: The man comes from Afghanistan and came to Germany in 2017.
Perhaps Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” [a play by Gotthold Ephraim pleading for religious tolerance] should be offered again in the city theater in the near future. For some contemporaries, the work on tolerance among world religions seems to be urgently required.
— Olaf Schulze
Based on our article on the incident yesterday in the Frauenberg Church, the Nordhausen district administrator Matthias Jendricke said the following to the nnz (Neue Nordhäuser Zeitung): “I condemn this trespassing with property damage in the strongest possible terms. Such behavior is the reason why I made a plea in the summer not to accept any further refugees from Afghanistan. Most of them reject our culture. It is a mistake to think that they would want to integrate well, as yesterday’s incident proves once again.
“In addition, we currently have no way of deporting people who have committed criminal offenses to their home country, because there are no longer any flight connections to Afghanistan. We don’t need a new admission contingent for Thuringia and we won’t solve Afghanistan’s problems if we bring unlimited numbers of these people to us.”
Contrary to previous reports, the man is 25 and not 30 years old. He came to Germany in the autumn of 2015 and has lived in the Nordhausen district since 2016. The parish will file charges for property damage and trespassing because a showcase inside the church was broken into and cleared out.