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Friday, July 10, 2009

SSPX calls on German Justice Minister to apologise

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The SSPX calls on the Federal Minister of Justice Zypries to withdraw her discriminatory statements against the SSPX.

Ms. Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister of Justice (SPD), defamed the SSPX in a terrible manner. We demand an immediate withdrawal of these allegations.

Because the SSPX plans at the CSD in Stuttgart to hold a vigil for the keeping of God's commandments, its members were described in an aggressive statement from Mrs. Zypries to the Catholic News Service as "religious extremists", who should be dealt with in the same way as the extreme right. Even comparisons with Islamist fundamentalists have been made.

We urge Ms. Zypries to immediately withdraw these allegations.

According to the Basic Law, every person in this country the right to freely express their opinion in speech, writing and image (GG Art 5 para 1). The SSPX possesses this freedom along with any other citizen. We proclaim the commandments of God as contained in Holy Scripture, and one of these is: "Thou shalt not commit adultery." If it is now banned in Germany, to make public God's commandment, then the constitutional foundations of religion (GG Art 4 para 1) have been undermined.

We therefore ask openly: Do confessing Catholics have fewer rights in the country as those who agree with the preceding opinion.

Are the words of Mrs. Zypries not a serious attack on the fundamental rights of a Catholic minority to ensure that their convictions can also be publicly known, along with everyone else’s?

By what right can a minister place Catholic clergy on an equal footing with Islamist fundamentalists?

The preamble of the Basic Law refers to the responsibility of the German people before God. We openly ask: Who is still for the Christian values, which once were held by the founding fathers of the German constitution?

Was not homosexual activity nor in the 60's a criminal offense (Penal Code § 175 / repealed in the 2nd Criminal Law Reform of July 4, 1969)? Does no one in Germany note the unimaginable loss of values?

Those who today in Germany condemn the practice of homosexuality becomes public enemies and are stamped as terror suspects. Ms. Zypries' comments are going in the direction of a dictatorship over opinions.
Pater Andreas Steiner, spokesman for the SSPX in Germany
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