Category Archives: Religious privileges

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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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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Financial crisis leads to erosion of religious privilege in Italy

The news from Italy that the Vatican will have to pay property taxes on real estate not directly connected to religious activities has been extraordinary. According to this excellent article on Concordat Watch, previously Italian law allowed tax exemptions for … Continue reading

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Church privileges in Austria

The situation of church privileges in Germany is complex, as it is different in each state. In Austria, that might be easier. I have come across a website from a protest movement listing the various privileges the Roman Catholic Church enjoys in … Continue reading

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German church privileges, lampooned

The heute show is a satirical news show on German television, trying to be the German answer to the Daily Show, airing every Friday for half an hour. The last show of course also talked about the papal visit to … Continue reading

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