Religion: Religionsfrihetslag

The word of the week in Sweden was religionsfrihetslag; it meant a new measure of religious freedom for Swedes.

Ever since a young nobleman named Gustav Vasa fought his way to the throne in the 16th century and broke with Rome, Sweden has been overwhelmingly Lutheran. For most of that time it has had a Lutheran state church with the kind of brassbound temporal authority that Protestants are often pointing fingers at the Roman Catholics for. The king of Sweden and all his ministers had te be members of the Church of Sweden,* all citizens had to pay taxes for its support,...

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