Under special circumstances, Christmas was celebrated in Garding in the district of Nordfriesland. For all three church services on Christmas Eve, employees of a security service stood at the only open entrance to St. Christian’s Church in the middle of the market square. In addition, the police patrolled. They will also be present at all church events until mid-January, reports Pastor Thomas Knippenberg in response to inquiries. This was also the case yesterday at the Plattdüütschen Wiehnacht in St. Christian’s.
The reason: a young man had smeared the church on the Third Sunday of Advent with Islamic slogans. When a citizen caught him, he threatened that person, according to Pastor Knippenberg. “Then we contacted the police.” The young man also attacked attendees to the carol-singing that Sunday. He also quarreled with Pastor Knippenberg. “Obviously, he has something against the Christian Christmas.”