The Norwegian government wants to tighten rules related to religious or philosophical communities that take in contributions from states that do not respect the right to religious freedom. The bill is now being sent for consultation.
“Funding of religious communities in Norway from foreign states that do not respect the right to freedom of religion and belief can challenge important democratic values on which our society is based,” Minister for Children and Families Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) noted in a press release.
According to the proposal, the County Governor would be able to reject grants if the religious or philosophical community receives one or more contributions amounting to a total of NOK 35,000 or more during a calendar year from a state that does not respect the right to religious and philosophical freedom.
However, the new legal provision will not be a ban on receiving grants from abroad.
“Religious and philosophical communities have the right to raise money. Grants can only be refused if they receive funding from states that do not respect the right to freedom of religion and belief,” Ropstad pointed out.
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