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In Turkey, the State pays imams' wages, and provides religious education in public schools (article 24 of that country's Constitution). The State has a Department of Religious Affairs (article 136 of the Constitution), directly under the Prime Minister bureaucratically, responsible for organizing the Muslim religion - including what will and will not be mentioned in sermons given at mosques, especially on Fridays.
Muct be because the German government is not involved in levying Church Taxes, or because Spain or Italy don't have concordats. All that is in the past in Europe, but not in Turkey.

Except that it isn't.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 27th, 2006 at 04:01:29 AM EST
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I guess the reason Colman (and I) don't understand asdf's comment is his second blockquote, which shows that the Alsace region in France also has non-total separation of church and state (from the quote, a system similar to the German one).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Sep 27th, 2006 at 04:21:55 AM EST
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When I saw the "pre-1905" bit I interpreted the comment to be a parallel with WWI. Now I don't understand the comment either ;-P

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 27th, 2006 at 04:46:58 AM EST
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