What price religion? In some parts of the World it is exclusion or hatred but in Germany the price of religion is an additional tax burden. This is now resulting in a mass exodus from some religions.
The Catholic Church in Germany has been hit hard. With recent accusations of child abuse by some priests some Catholics are opting to turn their backs on the Church. The bonus is that they will pay less tax.
According to the BBC "The levy was introduced in the 19th Century in compensation for the nationalisation of religious property." Personally this blogger believes that a faith which gathers taxes in such a way goes against the teachings of Christ. He after all turfed the moneylenders out of the Church. Priests in Germany maintain that the revenue they receive is put to good and charitable use
Christian faiths such as Roman Catholics are power houses of wealth. That too must go against the grain of Christianity. It has always struck this blogger as the height of hypocrisy.
In Germany Protestants, Catholics or Jews who are registered officially as belonging to this faith pay an additional tax. The special church tax. An example given in the BBC news report claims, "If your tax bill is for 10,000 euros, then 800 euros will go on top of that and your total tax combined will be 10,800 euros." Hardly chicken feed then.
Around 30% of the German population are said to be Catholics. The church has been pushed into action as many have opted to leave the faith. This means that the taxes are no longer paid. In order to force the issue the church is now threatening a range of measures.
A German Bishop's Decree agreed by the Vatican threatens that there are no half measures with the Catholic faith. You are either a fully paid up member or you are out in the cold. Those who refuse to pay the tax may find that they will:-