Crosses Removed From Hospital Walls and Thrown Into Trash Bags

Country: Germany

Date of incident: February 25, 2010

Twelve crosses were removed from the walls of the surgery unit of the public hospital of Bad Soden, Germany, in February, while patients were watching.

The crosses were subsequently thrown into trash bags. Hospital management concedes that the removal was not conducted with the necessary sensitivity. The reason for the removal was the complaint of a Muslim patient.
Protestant dean Eberhard Kühn of Bad Soden says that the cross on the wall would not jeopardize the healing process of a Muslim patient but that it is – on the contrary – a sign that he is being taken seriously also in his spiritual dimension. For more details in German, please view: