Majority of Germans thinks a church does not have to fly a rainbow flag


Central Europe


Rainbow flag lies in on a table in a church. Photo ANP, Remko de Waal

Churches do not need to hang a rainbow flag to show inclusivity. That is the opinion of a clear majority of the German population.

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of the respondents to a survey of Die Tagespost responded no to the question of whether churches should hang LGBT flags on their buildings to show tolerance and human rights. Only 19 per cent believes that houses of worship should do so.

Younger respondents were more likely to plead for rainbow flags on churches than their older fellow respondents. Yet, in all age groups, people favouring flags are a minority, the Catholic newspaper writes.

Political preference

Of respondents belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, 72 per cent is against rainbow flags in churches. Among Protestants, their share is 69 per cent. Free churches seem to be more tolerant towards the rainbow flag. Approximately 60 per cent believes the flags are not necessary for churches, while 35 per cent believes churches should fly the LGBT flag.

Political preference does not really seem to influence the attitude towards the rainbow flag among respondents. Especially among supporters of the right-wing AfD party, most are opposed to the flag (82 per cent).



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