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State Support & State Acknowledgement Of Religion

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This chapter focuses on precise ramifications. It outlines that some forms of constitutional state support can and indeed should be distinguished from the far-reaching implications of systems of positive state-religion identification, whilst other forms, though de jure presented as 'state support', approximate to the establishment of religion. In the latter case the choice to avoid the terminology of 'state' or 'official' religion would appear to be a political one. Some states constitutionally acknowledge certain religious phenomena, or simply acknowledge the historical role of a religion or the position of a religion as predominant religion. It is contended that some forms of 'state acknowledgement' are preferential while other forms are purely non-preferential in nature. It will often be necessary to go beyond constitutional terminology and take into account statutory law and state practice as well.

Keywords: state acknowledgement; state support; state-religion relationship

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