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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Robert A. Yelle, and Mateo Taussig-Rubbo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775366

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.001.0001

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When Is Religion, Religion, and a Knife, a Knife—and Who Decides?

When Is Religion, Religion, and a Knife, a Knife—and Who Decides?

The Case of Denmark

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(p.341) Chapter Seventeen When Is Religion, Religion, and a Knife, a Knife—and Who Decides?
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After Secular Law
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Tim Jensen

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.003.0018

This chapter discusses the legal regulation of religion in Denmark. It reviews three recent cases in the Danish courts concerning freedom of religion and concludes that, in this most secular nation, a population sometimes described as made up of “irreligious Lutherans,” still-dominant Protestant normative notions of religion are imposed on minority religious opinions and traditions. It frames the discussion with a rereading of Danish secularism as a kind of Christianity, exemplified in the contemporary use in Danish passports of a photo of a tenth-century runic stone with a cross, a stone that proclaimed the conversion of Denmark to this still-dominant religion.

Keywords:   religion regulation, Danish courts, freedom of religion, most secular nation, Danish secularism, Christianity

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