Yay for the Norwegians! According to Canada’s National Post, all legislative hurdles have been cleared to remove Lutheranism as the official state religion. The change takes effect June 15:
“The Evangelical Lutheran religion will no longer be the state’s official religion,” parliament wrote in a statement, pointing out that the church would receive public financing “on par with other religious and belief-based societies.”
The bad news:
It stressed though that “the Norwegian Church will continue to have a special basis in the constitution and the state will be built upon ‘our Christian and humanistic heritage’.”
The good news:
The Norwegian Church, which supported the change, counts nearly four million of Norway’s 4.7 million inhabitants as members. . .
The current requirement for at least half of all government ministers to be members of the Church will also be scrapped, and even the minister of church affairs will no longer need to belong to the church.
But the royal family will still be required to belong to the church. No Jewish King of Norway!
In honor of this positive move toward secularism, I’ll post a photo of one of the most awesome (and fluffy) cat breeds, the Norwegian Forest Cat: