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It doesn't always have to be Google. The Internet offers numerous websites that can be used for targeted research. German teachers of religion can also look forward to this month. At, educators will in the future be able to find high-quality teaching modules, current news and editorially selected suggestions for shaping their lessons. Internet increasingly important in lesson preparation The religious education Internet portal complements the existing church support system (teaching materials, teacher training, media centers, etc.) in a contemporary way.) for religious instruction in schools.

It doesn't always have to be Google. The Internet offers numerous websites that can be used for targeted research. German religion teachers can also rejoice as of this month. At, educators will be able to find high-quality lesson modules, current news and editorially selected suggestions for designing their lessons in the future.

Internet increasingly important in lesson preparation The religious education Internet portal complements the previous church support system (teaching materials, teacher training, media centers, etc.) in a contemporary way.) for religious education in schools. Empirical studies show that more and more teachers are making use of the information available on the Internet to prepare and teach their lessons.The portal enables the provision of new media formats such as films, audio files, podcasts or images. Interactive offers such as a contact pool, surveys and moderated discussion forums bring teachers in contact with each other and with religious education contact points throughout Germany.


Then “rather keep quiet

Guido Westerwelle won't rest: "Shoveling snow" instead of "late Roman decadence" is the latest image of the FDP secretary general in the social debate. "So the discussion is idiotic," finds Ludwig Schick. The Archbishop of Bamberg advises Westerwelle to keep quiet – but that is not in sight, the FDP announces a "cornerstone paper".

Schick stressed on Monday: "Shoveling snow will not get anyone out of unemployment."In addition, education vouchers for children and young people "can only be described as a belated carnival scalawag". The archbishop added: "Those who do not want to seriously discuss the ie of unemployment and poverty should rather remain silent!"Westerwelle had described over the weekend assignments to shovel snow as reasonable work for "Hartz IV" recipients. In the planned expansion of aid for children, he suggested education vouchers instead of cash.Schick criticized, without explicitly naming Westerwelle: "The 'Hartz IV' discussion is idiotic."The debate must be "characterized by respect and encouragement". In addition the policy must create "better basic conditions" for more jobs in structurally weak areas and strengthen for this the middle class.

"Debate without people in mind" The debate around Hartz IV is led at present without having the humans concerned in the view. This is about the future of society, about integration and participation. Of course, Hartz IV recipients must get out of welfare and unemployment benefits as quickly as possible, the archbishop stressed. But they should be given work from which they could live independently. Hartz IV makes dependent and dependent, unemployment increasingly passive and depressive. The archbishop demanded that more and simple jobs be created close to where people live. In the countryside, agriculture would have to be strengthened and landscape conservation promoted; jobs could also be created in the social and care sectors.


Rethinking needed

Force-feeding the dying is gradually becoming the medical standard in Germany. The presidents of the German Medical Association, Jorg-Dietrich Hoppe, and the German Caritas Association, Peter Neher, call for a rethink on this ie in an article in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" newspaper.

According to the report, a high number of dementia patients in nursing homes in particular are artificially fed through stomach tubes, so-called peg probes. About 140.000 of these probes are inserted every year in Germany, two-thirds of them in nursing homes. About one in two of these tube users is said to have dementia. Hoppe said to it, a stomach tube can be very stressful for dying people. The doctor is obliged to help the dying in such a way that they can leave life under humane conditions. "Assistance consists of palliative care and thus also assistance and care for basic care. This does not always include feeding and hydration through a stomach tube, as they can be a heavy burden for the dying," emphasized the president of the medical association. Neher demanded that peg probes should only be inserted if there are medical reasons and there is no other way to ensure the nutrition of a person. The executive director of the German Hospice Foundation, Eugen Brysch, said, "We experience in practice every day that the people who come to us for advice categorically reject artificial nutrition. Behind this is the fear of vegetating for years, of a life without quality of life, maintained only by the feeding tube."This fear must be countered. Unfortunately the drafts for a patient order law discussed in the Bundestag would offer no solution.

Controversial for a long time In the debate over euthanasia and assisted dying in Germany, ending artificial feeding has long been controversial. In the medical, legal and theological literature, the withholding of solid food or liquid has been the subject of heated debate since the 1980s. While one side equates such measures with the termination of other medical treatments, the other side strictly rejects the termination of artificial nutrition as letting the patient starve and die of thirst. The guidelines of the German Medical Association formulate a middle position: according to them, the situation of each patient must be carefully considered and more weight must also be given to the will of the patient. In the context of such an estimation the feeling of hunger or thirst is to be satisfied with the patients in any case.


Holy cards in all sizes

Things are gradually getting serious in the Passion Play town of Oberammergau. There are still a few weeks until the 15. May. Then, after ten years, the curtain will rise again on the play about the suffering and death of Jesus.

At the beginning of January, the director of the play, Christian Stuckl, invited young people to rehearse for the first time on the open-air stage. Neither freezing temperatures nor rainy weather have kept the men and women from following their obligation since then. The tradition has been upheld in the Upper Bavarian community since the citizens promised in 1633 to stage a Passion play every ten years to avert the plague that was rampant at the time. With more than 2.In 2010, 500 women and men want to make as many inhabitants of the 5.000-soul town to play along as never before. This year's stage sets were designed by Stefan Hageneier. The 13 "Living Pictures" are also part of it. They present scenes from the Old Testament analogous to the Passion event. The expulsion from paradise" is presented in red and yellow tones. It is the end of February when this scene is set up. The archangel Michael is supposed to stand high above. Its wings, with a span of a good four meters, are already there and mounted on a metal stand – they would otherwise be too heavy for a human being to carry. Stage sculptor Armin Hecht climbs onto the narrow, wobbly wooden bench in jeans and hoodie and mimes the archangel. He can also get a halo to match. They are available in small, medium and large sizes. Hageneier has taken the precaution of saving the pictures on his cell phone. Now he wants to test the effect on the stage from the auditorium. In return, Hecht gets a flaming sword pressed into his right hand by a colleague. "Take it in the other one," shouts the set designer. In fact, this works better than before. The artist, who otherwise works for German and international theaters, is a perfectionist. In 1990, the native of Oberammergau played an angel himself in the Passion. After an apprenticeship as a wood sculptor, a period as an assistant at the Munchner Kammerspiele and in New York, he was responsible for the stage design of the Passion for the first time in 2000.

They sit in shifts at the industrial sewing machines Just a few minutes away from the theater, sculptors are at work in the materials yard. The carving student Tonette Eberspacher creates a huge snare out of white Styrofoam, which winds itself around a staff. The work is just over two meters tall. "It can take me up to three days," says Eberspacher. At the table next to them, stage painter Christian Huber is making sure that another snake is painted the right brown-yellow color. New wooden baskets also have to be trimmed to look old with a few brush strokes. The 14 seamstresses are also under prere. The women have been at work since May 2009. They sit in shifts at the industrial sewing machines, where, for example, the cloaks for the high council are made. Silvia Heinzeller sews on a pair of cotton trousers. A member of the pack will carry it later. Splendid robes have also passed through her hands. "Heavy fabrics that are not always comfortable to wear."So that none of the performers has to scratch themselves constantly on stage, we have taken precautions: "We are sewing a lining into it."On the table in front of Ingrid Jager, the head of the tailor shop, are the pieces of paper with the measurements of the two Pilate actors and their telephone numbers. From head size to calf circumference, everything is noted down. In the afternoon, play director Stuckl also arrives. With a wealth of gestures, he immediately directs the men on stage who, as Egyptian soldiers, follow the Israelites through the Red Sea: "Can you stretch up your arms and pretend that you are drowning??"And already the army and chariot seem to be sinking in the great waves. In between, Stuckl repeatedly gives interviews to teams of journalists from all over the world. They are supervised by Jesus actor Fredrik Mayet. The 29-year-old is not only busy preparing for the role of a lifetime, but also organizes the press work for the Passion Play in parallel. Before 2.000 years ago it was different: The apostles and evangelists did the PR job.