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Influence of established religion still going strong in Germany

This week, Peer Steinbrück, the prospective challenger of Chancellor Angela Merkel, announced that he had re-joined the Lutheran Church he had quit at the age of 18 years. So let’s take this as an opportunity to look at the influence of … Continue reading

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German court rules church tax opt-out ruled equivalent to leaving

In Germany religious communities which have been recognised as statutory corporations by the state can have the state’s tax authorities collect a religious tax from their members, which is usually an amount equivalent to 8-9% of the income tax owed … Continue reading

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Call the angel hotline – for 80 Euro cents

The Catholic Cathedral of Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, is known for its quirky angel statues. In April 2011, it installed a statue of an angel talking on a cellphone (photo by ackbar 2). A Dutch couple living near the cathedral then opened … Continue reading

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Civil union partnerships now equal to marriages in Germany

German civil union partnerships are now de facto equal to marriages. The biggest complaint of the German LGBT movement about the civil union partnerships was that it didn’t have the same tax rules as for married couples, not allowing for a joint … Continue reading

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Anonymous declares war on religion, targets Vatican and other religious websites

The internet group Anonymous has declared a “war on religion”, according to some websites, and targeted a number of religious websites, among them the Vatican’s. Other websites include those of Bethel Outreach International Church, Charlotte International Church, and Crossfire Ministries (see here and here … Continue reading

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German Lutheran Church monies paid out to Congolese militia accused of genocide

The German Lutheran Church is up in arms about a press report by a left-leaning newspaper, citing a UN report that $5,000 ended up in the hands of the Hutu militia FDLR currently operating in Congo. The FDLR includes members … Continue reading

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Faith schools in UK found not to be inclusive

Like many European nations without a separation of state and church, the UK has so-called  faith schools, i.e. schools that teach a national curriculum but are otherwise affiliated with a particular religion and often include acts of religious worship and … Continue reading

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