Bible verses in Berlin cafe: Restaurant owner investigated

The Berlin public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into suspected hate speech against the Christian operator of a Korean restaurant.

The reason for this measure, is Bible verses that the owner had hung on the walls of her restaurant, reported the news agency idea.

Among other things, there are also verses which state: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination […] If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”

The lawyer for the 71-year-old landlady Christin Park Young-Ai said that the restaurant in the Schöneberg district had meanwhile been searched by order of the Tiergarten district court. The court justified the action with an alleged “homophobic and misanthropic attitude” displayed by Parks.

Her lawyer lodged a complaint noting the freedom of religion. The Bible is freely available in Germany and uncensored. “But if the Bible can be read in Germany, it can also be quoted.”

Park said in an interview with a Christian Internet portal earlier that she had hung up the Bible passages in her restaurant because the word of God was alive and powerful and could fill the void in people’s hearts. She prayed every day for her guests that they would be drawn to the Christian faith before they die.

Because of the verses and psalms, she had been attacked several times. She hoped, however, that at least one of them would recognize his sin and find his way back to God.

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