Role of negative religious freedom in Finland

The Supreme Administrative Court in Finland today denied the Freethinkers access to the population registry data; there is an interesting debate surrounding the decision, involving discussions of what exactly is the special protected status that religious beliefs enjoy in Finland (as well as in some other countries) as compared to e.g. political beliefs. Political parties can get people’s addresses from the Registry to send their adverts, but non-believers will not be given similar right. The decision (which was a tight vote, 3-2) is here:  http://www.kho.fi/paatokset/45678.htm.

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the Tampere University, Finland.