In the cross hairs: crucifixes go up in public offices in Germany, stirring culture wars

Posted: June 9, 2018 at 2:46 a.m.

The town of Deggendorf is in the Bavaria state of Germany. An order to hang crucifixes in government buildings has renewed a culture clash since Germany opened its doors to more than a million migrants.

When the order came to hang a cross in the entrance of every state building in Bavaria, the mayor of Deggendorf was not particularly bothered by the religious symbolism.

Horst Seehofer (second from right), the German interior minister, attends an annual spring fete in Deggendorf, Germany, in May.

A crucifix hangs in the reception area of the town hall building in Deggendorf, Germany.

The Rev. Martin Neidl is a Catholic priest in Deggendorf, Germany.

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