In a rare candid moment, German media reported at least 200 cases of damaged churches in the region of Bavaria alone every year.
In addition, attacks on summit crosses are also increasing in the region’s mountains. Crosses on several mountain tops have been toppled and destroyed with axes or saws.
There’s a growing anger among the indigenous German population over the attacks. Some people think Islamists are behind it.
But the attacks on churches and summit crosses are not isolated cases; for months, attacks on Christian symbols have been reported from several Bavarian cantons.
There have been reports of desecration from Pentecost, Längental and from the “Prinzkopf” which lies between Sylvensteinstausee and Tyrol.
Some repairs of historic churches can cost tens of thousands of euros. It’s an attack on people’s faith and communities suspect there is a religious motive behind it, e.g. Muslim migrants might be trying to sow fear in the population.
Web translation from the original German link above:
200 cases of Church damage – alone in Bavaria
The attack on the Summit cross on the sharp tab and puke is not an isolated case. For months, attacks on Christian symbols are being reported in various Alpine valleys. The first case in Bavaria occurred at Pentecost 2016 on the Dudl-Alm in the Valley of the length, then there will be an incident on the Prince’s head between Sylvensteinstausee and Tyrol. Over the summer period, then also Bavarian churches were again the target of destruction and vandalism. A particularly severe case shattered the Church of St. Anton in Passau. Vicar Manuel Schlögl reported the wanton devastation of his Church: “our great lectures cross which was broken here by the perpetrators with brute force into two parts. Chandeliers were overturned, the eternal light was beaten from the lamp, and here at the high altar the perpetrators have set the altar cover the Lamb over the Tabernacle and set on fire, probably with the intention of fire to the whole altar.” Bayerischer Rundfunk reported: “the damage is in the tens of thousands. “Worse for the community: the attack on their faith.” Not only in Passau, the municipality suspected religious motifs of Islamic immigrants, the police however warns against premature conclusions in all cases and determined “in all directions”. The judicial police has currently over again to do it with Sacrileges. The perpetrators are often youthful rioters with a migration background.
Alone in Bavaria, Kirchenschändung displays approximately 200 cases a year. Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Graf (Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich) engaged in sectarian violence for more than 30 years. There were attacks on religious symbols have always, he says. But lately, he observed a change. “The climate is certainly more aggressive become regarding hate speech against dissenters, both as regards exclusion mechanisms. Yes, the aggressiveness has been easy.” In the wake of media reports of destroyed Summit crosses log other areas in Germany similar attacks on Christian symbols. In the Saarland boss who is Evangelical Church in Bous, Germany the parish hired a private security service, “at least our services without previous cleaning action can take place”, so the Revd Juliane Opiolla. In the district Coesfeld, Marie figures, statues and wayside crosses destruction attacks victims have fallen. As the West German broadcasting, citing the police reported damage were reported late October in seven cases. The locations of the figures are all in the area of Dülmen. Some statues have been knocked off the fingers or noses. Specifically, the destroyer also seek symbolic heads of Christianity. So, a statue of St. Francis in front of the old centre was beheaded Clara monastery in lüdinghausen, Germany, and at a Madonna baby Jesus was beheaded before the St. Agatha Church in Dülmen Rorup. The signs of a threat is increasing. When will we talk of them being the visible Christian imprint of our country, of our whole native culture circle in serious danger?