Good news from Norway

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Feardorcha
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Good news from Norway

Post by Feardorcha » Thu May 24, 2012 10:37 am

Norway has separated church and state.
http://www.thelocal.no/page/view/norway ... -and-state
I wonder how many EU countries still have official ties between a religion and state. I imagine all the republics don't and the monarchies do.
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Re: Good news from Norway

Post by paolovf » Thu May 24, 2012 10:57 am

This is great news. Hopefully it will encourage other countries do the same.
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Re: Good news from Norway

Post by Idle-Emma » Thu May 24, 2012 4:59 pm

It is great news. Having a state religion is crazy anyway, but in a country where 46% considered themselves atheists as that article says it just makes no sense.
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Re: Good news from Norway

Post by ptferg » Fri May 25, 2012 2:59 am

Official state religions are actually quite rare, only England, Greece, and Denmark have state religions in Europe. Of course pretty all Islamic nations have Islam as the State religion. However, just because a nation doesn't officially have a state religion does not mean there is complete separation between church and state, obviously Ireland being a perfect example. So although breaking official ties is good news, it would be better news if laws which ensure complete separation between church and state were enacted.
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Re: Good news from Norway

Post by Feardorcha » Fri May 25, 2012 9:54 am

And it would be better news again if religions disbanded.
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