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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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THE STATE AND RELIGION.

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will shortly assemble, will give its opinion
beforehand.*

In the meantime there remains a serious
want of provision in the laws on religious
matters.

It is worthy of note that the tendency of
modern legislation has manifested itself
likewise in the provisions of the law of 1869 on
the Diet, according to which the right of
suffrage does not depend on religious belief, and
eligibility for candidature is compatible with
any Christian creed. The laws on communal
administration also make no distinction of
rights on account of the faith professed by the
members of the Commune, and the civil and
political rights of members of other Churches
are thus recognised as being the same as those
of the Lutherans, except with regard to
admissibility to Government service.t

* This Bill was submitted to the Diet of 1888 and passed,
but in a somewhat mutilated form on account of the
opposition of the clergy and peasantry.—(Translator’s note.)

f Since 1741 the Anglican and Reformed Churches have
been recognised in Finland as authorised religions.—(Author’s
note.)

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