Check this out: German Politicians want holiday pews reserved for regular congregants, not the holiday-only attendees. Yes, it’s true!
Politicians from the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) told Tuesday’s daily Bild newspaper it was unfair if regular attendants of church services couldn’t find a seat at Christmas.
“I support making services on December 24 open only to those who pay their church tax,” a member of the CDU board in the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg, Thomas Volk, told the mass-market daily. Germans pay church tax along with their income tax unless they opt out.
The head of the FDP’s parliamentary group in Berlin, Martin Lindner, said it was intolerable that in the past, active members of church congregations – often the elderly – had been forced to stand through the Christmas service because the pews were full.
“Church tax payers should not be kept outside during such important services,” he said. “Church members should be given tickets, for example, to give them priority seating.”
A few short thoughts:
- Thank God for a non-national church in America. This way no politician can tell me what to do with my parish.
- Church attendance is a privilege, not a right.
- My favorite shorthand for holiday parishioners is CEOs (Christmas-Easter-Only’s). Har har har…whew.
- First shall be last, last shall be first anyone?
“We should not be giving the impression that there is a two-class society in the church,” said Stefan Foerner, spokesman for Berlin’s Roman Catholic Archbishop. “Jesus would not ask whether someone paid their church tax or is baptised.”