From The Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/15/no-more-official-religion-for-norway
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Norway is distancing itself from its Christian past. The Storting — the country’s Parliament — will amend the constitution so that the state no longer has an official religion, ending the 1,000-year tradition of the Church of Norway.
A parliamentary committee report presented Tuesday contains a unanimous recommendation to have the state permanently separate from the church.
All 169 members of the seven parties in Parliament, including 10 representatives from the Christian Democratic Party and 30 from the Conservative Party, are said to be behind the move, according to a report from TV2.
The government will no longer have a minister of churches, and the state will no longer be responsible for the appointment of bishops and deans.
Instead, Norway will treat all religions and philosophies equally.
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