After an order from the German state of Bavaria, Christian crosses will be placed at the entrances to all its public buildings this month.
Markus Soder, the new leader of the largely conservative and heavily Catholic state, said that people shouldn't necessarily interpret the crosses as religious symbols. In a statement, he asserted, "It stands for elemental values, such as charity, human dignity and tolerance."
Some political leaders have opposed the move, noting that Germany's constitution requires a degree of neutrality on religion.
"The constitution has no denomination," said Christian Lindner, leader of Germany's Free Democratic Party, according to USA Today.
Religious minority leaders also opposed the rule, which...