Germany: Berlin Church Holds 'Homophobia Is a Sin' Service Ahead of Pride March

SOT, Anetter Detering, Former Green party politician and GayChurch Berlin activist (German): "God we need your powerful love to support the fight for freedom of LGBT people in Poland, Russia, and Hungary as a fight for our freedom from ourselves."

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Berlin's Gethsemane Church held a service under the motto 'homophobia is a sin,' on Saturday, ahead of a Pride march in the German capital.

Sign says: "Homophobia is a sin."

Wolfgang Beyer from GayChurch Berlin spoke at the service saying, "God is not the problem, he does not hate homosexuality because it comes from him, nothing can be taken from him when people feel what was given to them as a gift from God."

Bishop of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia Christian Stablein also addressed the attendees.

"Renewing the confession means that in place of the sentence 'homosexuality is sin,' a sentence that was never true, one that you have heard so far too often, and which I will not repeat again, that the sentence 'Homophobia is sin' takes its place," said Stablein.

After the service Berlin's first 'East Pride' Christopher Street Day march was set to start from outside the church. The demo aims to honour the history of the LGBTQ struggle in East Germany, while also highlighting the ongoing discrimination and hostility suffered by the LGBTQ community in Eastern Europe.

SOUNDBITES:

SOT, Wolfgang Beyer, GayChurch Berlin spokesman (German): "God is not the problem, he does not hate homosexuality because it comes from him, nothing can be taken from him when people feel what was given to them as a gift from God."

SOT, Wolfgang Beyer, GayChurch Berlin spokesman (German): "Homophobia takes away the promise that everything is given to me, that nothing can be taken from me, when others openly show their own homosexuality, their own transsexuality or their own transgenderedness. Nobody loses anything when we start looking for the problem not in homosexuality or trans-identity, but in a wrong understanding of God. God does not lose anything either."

Blasphemous LGBT icon

SOT, Christian Stablein, Bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin, Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia (German): "Renewing the confession means that in place of the sentence 'homosexuality is sin,' a sentence that was never true, one that you have heard so far too often, and which I will not repeat again, that the sentence 'Homophobia is sin' takes its place.

SOT, Anetter Detering, Former Green party politician and GayChurch Berlin activist (German): "God we need your powerful love to support the fight for freedom of LGBT people in Poland, Russia, and Hungary as a fight for our freedom from ourselves."

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