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Power in the wrong hands

Governing politicians and cowardly priests stand in the way of a distinction between state and church.


Of course, there should be some church bells when the Human Ethical Confederation and the so-called dark men of the Norwegian Church not only want the same church order, but also use the same arguments to separate church and state: religious freedom and human rights.

The designs are very different. While the humanists want the state's differential treatment of people's beliefs, the "conservatives" want to steer clear of political, pagan governments from their (free) church. It is no secret that changing political regimes use their church power to build a loyal church.

So the "conservatives" have the confidence to believe that they can win the theological power struggle if only the politicians let go, while the more popular and "liberal" priests and bishops are afraid that lack of political control will lead to a narrower church space. It's cowardly. And it is strange that liberal forces in the church no longer believe in their own project of an open and inclusive church, without political control. This does not mean that society needs to ease the demand for transparency around important democratic processes such as diocesan appointments. Closed church rooms smell.

Then we have the politicians. The minister will soon appoint a new bishop in the liberal Hamar diocese. Although the church has given its advice and had its votes, it is the political broiler Trond Giske who decides. He will not give up that power. It seems that the desire to govern the church is more valuable than basic human rights principles and religious freedom for the Labor Party in this matter.

The marriage between state and church is also rooted in the Constitution; half of the government must be a member of the state church. This requirement comes in addition to all other considerations a prime minister must and should take, such as gender, political bias and geography. Which means that we must give thanks to a Northern-Norwegian everyday hero as business minister, without confidence in his own ministry. Rabiate Kleiv Fiskvik and LO got their will and the directors who were not really directors got fewer seats at the king's table.

On top of all that, future political stars can be sacrificed because they are not baptized. Maybe Jens Stoltenberg can explain why he wants to make it so difficult for himself? Tomorrow the Prime Minister will visit his "young" at AUF's summer camp on Utøya. Listen to them, Jens. In fact, they have realized that a distinction between state and church is imperative.

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