THE INFLUENCE OF LEGAL REGULATIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF RELIOUS LIFE IN SLOVAK REPUBLIC
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In 1990 legislative conditions were established which enabled the free functioning of churches and religious organisations and provided religious freedom. Since then, there has been rise in the numbers of people declaring their faith and, at the same time, a gradual limitation of equal competition between groups working in this field. In comparison to other models in United States or in Western Europe that exhibit a gradual loosening of the ties between state and religion, in Slovakia, legislative modifications head towards the reinforcement of the link between traditional churches and the state. The deprivatisation of religion has arisen mainly due to direct state financial support of registered churches as well as the increasing influence of religious notions in politics. The treaty signed between the Slovak Republic and Vatican has had a significant impact, since it has meant setting up religious lessons in state and public schools as well as creating new working places in public and state administration for church representatives.
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