I have recently had an idea about State religion. At the moment certain countries have a State religion, and the people who believe in that religion benefit in certain ways. For example, England is officially a Christian country and so schools are legally obliged to stage a daily act of collective worship, and the majority of these acts are required to be “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”. In addition, there are 26 bishops who automatically receive a place in the House of Lords.
My idea is that people are allowed to vote for the State religion, rather than have one imposed on them by tradition. In the same way that political parties campaign for support, so each religion could say why people should elect them. The elected religion would then get the various benefits, including, in England’s case, the majority of school prayers and the 26 representatives in the Lords. Obviously, there would also be a ‘none’ option, and, if this received the majority vote, there would be no State religion. The winning religion (or ‘none’) would get four years in office.
What do you think? Do you find the idea interesting? Obviously the powers of the State religion would have to be limited, and people would be free to believe whatever they wanted (in the same way people can still support one political party even when another is in power). Do you have the right to demand a secular country if the majority of people are against it? What coalitions might be formed? Comment and vote now!