GPB
104.5 FM
function pluginCreated() { // We don't need to see the plugin, so hide it by resizing var plugin = document.getElementById('myPlugin'); plugin.height = 0; plugin.width = 0; plugin.callPluginMethod(); }
644

Merkel preaches tolerance, religious freedom at Reformation ceremony


Invoking the spirit of the Reformation, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for religious freedom and tolerance on Tuesday and said Germany should lend extra support to the children of refugees “who have experienced awful things.”

“We have learned that tolerance is the soul of Europe,” she said at a ceremony on the 500th anniversary of the reformation in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther is said to have nailed his theses challenging Catholicism to a church door.

Luther argued against what he saw as abusive practices by Catholic preachers, though the reformation divided western Christianity and resulted in violence, persecution and discrimination.

Merkel, the daughter of a protestant pastor, praised Luther’s translation of the Bible into a standard form of written German, which she said made its teachings accessible to the population at large. “Religious education was a fundamental concern of the reformation,” she said, stressing the importance of education for everyone.

“To learn and develop skills, some children need to be given more support than others - for example when parental support is lacking. This applies too to integrating children from refugee families who have experienced and undergone awful things.”

Merkel has come under fire for allowing more than one million migrants to enter Germany over the past two years - a decision that saw her conservatives bleed support to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a national election last month.

People from different backgrounds often knew too little about each other, she said, stressing the importance of dialogue between religions. “Just as the freedom of belief always has to be protected from religious fanaticism, so freedom of worship, on the other hand, requires that religion be protected from contempt,” Merkel added. To honor the 500th anniversary, Reformation Day was a public holiday in Germany this year, Reuters reports.


ფოტოგალერეა
Add Your Comment below
Related
Germany is a strategic partner of Georgia - Ruling team assesses meeting held in Berlin
Germany is a strategic partner of Georgia - Ruling team assesses meeting held in Berlin
The ruling team assesses the meeting held between Georgian Prime Minister and German Chancellor as an important event in relations between
Read Story
Georgian PM and German Chancellor Meet in Berlin
Georgian PM and German Chancellor Meet in Berlin
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin earlier today. Bilateral relations and prep
Read Story
Georgian PM and German Chancellor Meet in Berlin
Georgian PM and German Chancellor Meet in Berlin
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin earlier today. 
Read Story
Georgian PM to meet with German Chancellor
Georgian PM to meet with German Chancellor
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today. 
Read Story
Georgian PM to meet with German Chancellor
Georgian PM to meet with German Chancellor
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 27. 
Read Story
Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulates Angela Merkel on reelection
Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulates Angela Merkel on reelection
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulates Angela Merkel on becoming a German Chancellor for a new term.
Read Story
CNN: Merkel gets a fourth term but German voters deliver far-right surge
CNN: Merkel gets a fourth term but German voters deliver far-right surge
Angela Merkel has won a fourth term as German Chancellor, but with her party's lead in parliament cut and the country facing a surge in sup
Read Story
Angela Merkel wins fourth term but AfD makes gains, exit poll says
Angela Merkel wins fourth term but AfD makes gains, exit poll says
Exit poll: Merkel on course for fourth term, but big breakthrough for AfD
Read Story