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Arizona, an excellent piece; especially about the "separation of church and State" it is time they do the same thing here. Also to put the churches under State property and then tax them would be a great idea. But yeah here they are 300 years behind with France. Every American should read this article.
If this country would have been smart then we would not have all the "shit" we are in now. Let alone that the "evangelicals" determine who runs the government.
Here is part of it, quote:
Before the French Revolution, Catholicism was the state religion of France. Due to the passage of the Declarations of the Right of Man in 1789, the Jules Ferry Laws of the 1880’s, and the 1905 French Law on the Separation of Churches and the State, France today is decidedly secular. Although Catholicism is still the dominant Christian religion, the main religion of France (at 39.6%) is “no religion”. Even among Catholics, only 5% attend mass on Sunday. Ironically, one of the effects of the 1905 law, which separated church from state, is that the state gained ownership of all the churches that were built before that year, which means that Notre Dame cathedral actually belongs to the nation of France and not to the archdiocese of Paris.
According to a Eurobarometer survey conducted in 2010, 27% of French citizens responded that they "believe there is a God", 27% answered that they "believe there is some sort of spirit or life force", and 40% answered that they "do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force". This makes France one of the most irreligious countries in the world.