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Pulpit Clause
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[German Version]

At the request of the liberal Bavarian minister of culture Johannes v. Lutz (1826–1890), §130a, the Kanzelparagraph, was included in the German criminal code by a law of Dec 10, 1871, part of the legislation enacted during the Kulturkampf. It threatened the clergy, with other official religious leaders, with up to two years imprisonment if they discussed state matters in public or in their preaching and threatened the public order. A law of Feb 28, 1872, extended the statutory offense to include dissemination of similar ideas in writing. During the Kirchenkampf (Nation…

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Link, Christoph, “Pulpit Clause”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11273>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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