An Argument against Registration of Religions

3 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2019 Last revised: 5 Jun 2020

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Jeremy Patrick

University of Southern Queensland School of Law

Date Written: September 4, 2019

Abstract

Several countries around the world have an official list of "approved" religions. Registered religions usually receive special privileges and benefits not available to unregistered religions. This paper argues that, from the perspective of freedom of religion and equality, the registration of religions is deeply problematic because it excludes minority religions, distorts the "free market of faith", and leads to governments co-opting religious institutions.

Keywords: Official Religions, Registration of Religions, Religious Freedom, Freedom of Religion

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Patrick, Jeremy J., An Argument against Registration of Religions (September 4, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3450988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3450988

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