Olaf Latzel (52 y/o) is a campaigner for the faith. The pastor of the St. Martini parish always has a crowded church for his controversial Sunday sermons. During the Corona crisis, at least 10,000 followers switch to his digital church services via telephone or Internet.
But especially in the left-wing scene the evangelical man of God is a source of controversy. For five weeks he has been massively stalked and attacked. Latzel: “Unknown persons have scratched my car on all sides. The display case and the church door have been smeared with left-wing symbols and hate slogans.” At the beginning of March, 50 leftist protesters disrupted a church service. They handed out fake forms in front of the church for an immediate leaving of the church. Latzel: “Many parishioners were afraid, felt threatened.”
And the terror continued. A full 10-liter yogurt bucket was thrown against the church door. A prankster ordered a car in the pastor’s name from a VW dealership. Especially bad: at Latzel’s digital live church services unknown hackers try to smuggle hate slogans and porn sites onto the homepage.
The preacher: “I wonder what would happen if our church was actually a mosque? We are defencelessly at the mercy of these hostilities. The police come quickly. But all proceedings have been dropped so far.”