Religious Freedom Under Attack in Hungary
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  • joe

    While I agree completely with the majority opinion of the Fidesz and Jobbik government, I think you might be barking up the wrong tree here. Like most central European states, the government subsidizes “recognized” religions through either indirect taxation (tax-free status) or direct, voluntary taxation (Germany).

    I agree that this law is prejudiced against newer religions, but the end goal does not have to be eradication. It could just be establish more state control over what appears to be a large number of churches. The government wants to know how they got their money, who are their congregants and why they settled in the real estate they chose.

    This happens in western Europe as well. If I want to open a kosher butcher shop in France, a non-elected, state-sponsored committee of Jewish elders has to approve my application or I can not legally use the term “kosher” on my meat. I can’t appeal. It’s the alpha and omega of Jewish meat. Napoleon set the committee up and a few years ago the ECHR found it a fine thing and a legal institution.

    You can find similar instances of state intrusion into confessional life all over Europe as a whole. Just because Hungary has returned to itself in the Horthy years apparently does not mean that state meddling in the confessional body is new or philosophically repugnant to European governments.

  • Corlyss

    Religious freedom is increasingly under assault here.

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