Journal Article

Religious Freedom and Control in Independent Slovenia

Aleš Črnič and Gregor Lesjak

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 64, issue 3, pages 349-366
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Religious Freedom and Control in Independent Slovenia

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The religious situation in Slovenia, due to its specific historical circumstances, differs from the rest of the former Yugoslavia as well as from other post-socialist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. So far as religious indicators are concerned, Slovene society might in fact be grouped with Western, rather than East European societies. Even during the socialist period, it was possible to talk about a relative religious freedom in Slovenia. Today, the Slovene Constitution guarantees religious freedom and insists that religious communities should be treated equally and kept separate from the state. The principal Law that regulates religion was adopted from the legal order of Socialist Yugoslavia but is now out-of-date and, in places, non-Constitutional. Two proposals for new Laws have been awaiting parliamentary action since, respectively, 1996 and 1998. The delay has been due to a general lack of interest in religious issues, and for various political reasons including a preoccupation of the state with an adjustment to the legal system of the European Union. Possibly the most obvious, and so far legally unsanctioned, change in the relationship between the state and religious communities can be seen in a reinterpretation of the Constitutional principle of the equality of religious communities that has permitted a distinction to be drawn between the communities.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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