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Should Religions Receive Public Funding?
Religious organisations in liberal democracies should not receive any public funding (direct or indirect).
A common standard in liberal democracies is the illegality of publicly funding religious organizations (directly or indirectly). It is thus inconsistent with the norms of liberal democracies to fund religious organizations.
The taxes of non-religious citizens should not go to religious organisations.
The oversight required to ensure that public funding is being used properly will force governments to monitor religious organizations, something that is both difficult to accomplish and in the interests of neither governments nor religious organizations.
The norms of many religious organizations are at odds with modern democratic norms. Funding these organizations runs the risk of seeming to endorse these norms.
Religious schools provide valuable education to many children in society; without state assistance, some of these children will lose out on such education.
Every individual has a right to practice their religion; sometimes, this practice requires a religious institution which can only survive if the state provides financial assistance.
Government funding of religious organizations can be an efficient way of fulfilling social needs that would otherwise go unaddressed.
Should all religions be banned on a global scale?
Should Ontario have only one public, secular school system?
Should religious education be compulsory in public schools?