A Protestant pastor in the German city of Bremen has been charged with incitement for comments he allegedly made about homosexuality.
The pastor is said to have described homosexuals as criminals and homosexuality as “a form of degeneration of society.”
“It makes people insecure, destroys civilisation and culture,” he is mental to have said and also warned about the existence of a so-called “homolobby.“
An audio recording of his comments was originally posted to YouTube. It has long since been taken down.
Prosecutors considered some of the comments to be examples of criminal incitement, arguing that they disturb public peace and incite hatred towards a group based on sexual orientation.
Authorities also said the comments were an attack on human dignity.
Following the incident, the Bremen Evangelical Church distanced itself from the comments and launched disciplinary proceedings against the pastor
The Christopher Street Day (CSD) association for gay rights in Bremen welcome the indictment. Board member Robert Dadanski told the EPD news service, “that it is not okay to hate and discriminate.”