German Newspaper Refuses to Publish Church's Advertisement

Country: Germany

Date of incident: December 20, 2015

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Media

The Weser-Kurier in Bremen has refused to publish an advertisement of a local Evangelical church containing a bible passage.

The Evangelical community of St. Martini wanted to publish an advertisement on December 20 in "Kurier am Sonntag" with the biblical message of Jesus Christ: "Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

On December 6, an advertisement of the community with a quote with a message of repentance from the Dutch Evangelist Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) was published on the front page. The community wanted to bring attention to the coming judgment of God because of their belief that Advent is a time of penance, according to Pastor Olaf Latzel.

The publication of the second advertisement was turned down on the grounds that there were "too many complaints" against the first. Pastor Latzel commented: "The world no longer tolerates the call to repentance."  Source: Idea