German Christians debate whether conservative state’s new law honors or hijacks the core symbol of their faith. “A clearly visible cross must be placed in the entrance area of every service building to serve as a reminder of the historical and cultural influence of Bavaria.” So reads a controversial new law introduced in Germany’s second-most populous state. Markus Söder, premier of Germany’s Christian Social Union party (CSU), was the driving force behind the new law, which went into effect on June 1 and has caused a schism between church and state leaders. Söder called the ruling an “affirmation of our…