An Argument against Registration of Religions
3 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2019 Last revised: 5 Jun 2020
Date Written: September 4, 2019
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
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