I like my title — All Welcome (Except on Christmas) — better than the one used by Yahoo! News for this Reuters story:
Some senior German politicians have caused a stir by suggesting that only citizens who pay church tax should be allowed to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
Worried that regular churchgoers cannot find a seat due to the popularity of the traditional Christmas service….
What’s the rate of this church tax, ten percent?
And how are the collected monies disbursed?
Martin Lindner, a member of the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) in Berlin, also expressed alarm at the lack of places in church and told Bild that parish members should get tickets entitling them to the best seats.
I wonder where their best seats are?
Where are the best seats in your meeting house? And what makes them so?
Germany’s Catholic and Protestant churches get most of their funding from revenues collected by the tax office.
So most people don’t tithe or give offerings?!