Do not delete the C from the CDU and CSU


DAfter 1945, the C in the party name of the Christian Democratic Union stood for the deep longing for a new political beginning in the spirit of peace, human dignity and humanity, inspired by the universal spirit of the biblical message and its testimony of man being made in the image of God. But what about the validity of the C these days?

Our society is more heterogeneous, the ideological and religious spectrum is broader and more plural, and the influence of the two major churches has steadily weakened. Some now want to deduce from this that the Union should also reconsider the C in the party name. Most recently, the Mainz historian Andreas Rödder, himself a CDU member. He claims that the C “in an increasingly de-Christianized society” is increasingly perceived “as a barrier for non-Christians” and that a “land clearing up of the name question” can therefore be undertaken.

However, such an idea must be fundamentally contradicted. When Andreas Rödder speaks of the C as a “barrier for non-Christians”, he is subject to a fundamental misunderstanding: Due to its universal message, the C is not exclusive in terms of ideology, but plural connectable, inclusive and integrative. Especially in times of a decline in values ​​and a lack of social orientation, it is more attractive than ever before, not least for non-denominational people and those of other faiths.

Thomas Rachel (CDU) is spokesman for churches and religions of the Union faction in the Bundestag.


Thomas Rachel (CDU) is spokesman for churches and religions of the Union faction in the Bundestag.
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The C forms the central brand core and the unique selling point of the Union parties and not just a “name suffix”. Only the bridge-building and pragmatic-consensus-seeking basic orientation through the C creates the true balance of the most diverse interests and positions. The C was and is never an expression of a political-ideological doctrine, but of a living set of values ​​and mentality, which is permanently attractive due to its unifying image of man and its binding concept of freedom (freedom with responsibility). This Christian image of man, to which the Union parties are committed, is a self-commitment and a “thorn in the flesh” (Richard von Weizsäcker).


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