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Silent dancers descend on Frankfurt to break Christian law

The Local · 23 Apr 2011, 10:05

Published: 23 Apr 2011 10:05 GMT+02:00

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A number of German states still have laws which ban public dancing on a number of important Christian holidays, including Hesse, where a number of club owners protested this year.

The youth organisation of the state’s Green Party called for the Frankfurt dance in a Facebook flashmob notice.

Police said around 1,000 people showed up at the Römerberg in front of the city hall, most of them as suggested, with their own MP3 players, so passersby were treated to the sight of a big group of silent dancers.

“It is not the job of the state to secure the observation of Christian rites. Frankfurt city is referring to the Hessian holidays law. This must be modernised as soon as possible,” said Ouasima Chami and Benjamin Weiß, joint chairs of the Hesse Young Greens in a statement.

But Roger Töpelmann, spokesman for the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau said Good Friday served to direct attention to the suffering in the world, including the latest horrors in Fukushima and Libya.

These thoughts do not fit with the idea that, “every citizen should be allowed to express themselves freely.”

Hessian Interior Minister Boris Rhein, of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, said the rule was still relevant.

He said Hesse was a, “Christian-western oriented” state and that thus it was, “important and correct that there is no rock around the clock on the most important Christian holidays of the year.”

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Some of the dancers on the Römerberg were wearing masks of his face.


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Your comments about this article

15:57 April 23, 2011 by Al uk
Damn hippies!
17:32 April 23, 2011 by jmclewis
Where are these people protesting the rights of women in Islamic culture?
19:38 April 23, 2011 by cobalisk
Sometimes being global is acting local.

Religious oppression is religious oppression no matter where it is.

The idea that dancing is wrong or disrespectful is stupid.

Asking why people do not protest other things misses the point, there are many areas of religious oppression that can be addressed and all are valid. Taking on easier targets is not less relevant and tactically it is a sounder policy. Small victories breed confidence to take on the larger issues.
21:31 April 23, 2011 by Baynik
This whole thing just shows how degraded society has become. If you cannot show respect to other peoples religious convictions, then you are the intolerant one! It is extremely offensive to me and others who believe this to be one of the most important events in the history of mankind! If you don't agree, then fine, but to act so disrespectfully only shows their lack of human dignity and culture! I am against this dumb law, but plain common decency tells me to show respect for what others believe to be of utmost importance. Can't wait for that day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.... (oops, I'm being disrespectful, oppressing and intolerant!!!)
06:10 April 24, 2011 by DOZ
Sound awfully Fascist. Reliving old past times eh!
21:03 April 25, 2011 by Major-General Sir Binden-Blood
Typical left wing hypocrites! Would they be protesting at a Muslim law? Or a Muslim ban on anything? Perhaps the Muslim ban on eating food during the daylight hours of Ram madam! No because they are cowards and have no balls! Except that Christianity now seems to be an easy target!
22:56 April 25, 2011 by MrBowlocks
In reply to Baynik, isn't it disrespectful toward people who love to dance to force your religious beliefs upon them? And what is undignified or uncultured about dancing? To put it slightly more forcefully, what gives you the right to tell people what to do when you are free to do and believe what you like? Did somebody say intolerant?......
05:02 April 26, 2011 by jihao
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09:53 April 26, 2011 by Student_LU
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10:39 April 26, 2011 by Gaffers
I applaud the dancers. They expressed themselves in a peaceful, non confrontational way against an outdated law.

Christians are hypocrites. They denounce oppression in other religions yet expect their own beliefs to be supported and enforced by the state and it's laws. How is this different from Islamic countries? Only the name has changed but the principle is the same.

I would venture that the majority are no longer interested in observing these religious holidays and as a democracy the laws should reflect that.
11:19 April 26, 2011 by moistvelvet
I wondered why the lap dancing club was always closed on Good Friday, damn Christians with their weird religious traditions being forced on everyone else.

Church bells were ringing loud at 10pm Friday night, but people can't dance because it might offend or disturb!
11:59 April 26, 2011 by ir thomson
haha only in germany :) and i thaught that even though the ruling party in parliment is a christian party (wich is strange enough... haha ) lol it is just to funny...!!! but that in the grund gesetz, haha lol ,, not aloud to dance,, hehe what a joke!! lol so in the constitution it does state doesent it that religion and the state are seperate, hehe somebody hasent been paying atention when wrighting the laws or is this state above the law, a executive,a legislature, and a judiciary that are one and the same and above all governd by a god is this a monarchy? why then do they insist on calling it a democracy?
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