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Question 30

[1719] Question 30: "How far should a state that guarantees the freedom of information and worship for the individual leave pedagogic and social tasks to organisations and institutions that are religiously-based? If the free development and decision of the individual possible, if the state does not sufficiently provide educational and social institutions, on which the individual religious communities have no effect? [1720] Can the democratic state fulfil zis obligation, without an extensive and well-developed network of educational and social institutions, in which citizens of all creeds live together, to provide for the protection and furtherance of general binding civic and humane values?"

[1721] Answer: The state is to leave educational and social tasks so far to religiously-based organisations and institutions as these tasks are appropriately met, i.e. without that somebody takes justifiably exception to that or that any person thinking religiously differently feels that ze is likewise in good hands like the religious adherent. The increasing development makes it possible that the friction points (can) become here less and less. [1722] As long as nobody is forced for unjustifiable reasons to have to make use of such organisations and institutions, i.e. as long as there are enough viable alternatives, the state is not to be reproached. Every educational and social institution is to enable the free development and decision of the individual and is not to seek to constrain them, if compelling reasons are not opposed to that, then there are also here no problems. [1723] It is at liberty for the state to create sufficiently the mentioned education and social institutions. Even if the citizens live together, widely separated after creeds, for what there might be, because of the development, less and less reasons, generally binding civic and humane values can be protected and furthered, since these (should) play an important role for each important religious community. [1724] If this is not the case for a religious community, it is to move in on this appropriately within the framework of the lawful possibilities, if action is needed. The question is extended by the posing of the question, which educational and social institutions may be religiously bound. All educational and social facilities can be religiously bound, as long as no positions are taken up that are viewed controversially by majorities. [1725] In this case, position-dependently, a vote on the responsibilities is to make available where it is to ensure that this choice exists. Here, the state has to provide for a fair distribution of the responsibilities, by appropriately considering the different groups concerning the positions according to their strength and ability to take on responsibilities, using an (international) standardised and certified point system. [1726] It may (financially) further these groups, while respecting its neutrality, according to a law or a ordinance, and thus compensate for unjust presuppositions. For this purpose, the group are to be entitled to take a stand and, in case of dispute, the possibility to go to law. The criteria for the distribution and points system are to make accessible to the groups for themselves. If something is unclear, a sufficient explanation of the state should see to remedy.

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