I am not the kind of guy who belittles other people for their religion. I am religious myself, but in a very complex and odd kind of way. I wont bore you with the details, especially because I truly believe religion is a personal matter and should be treated much like your penis; it’s okay to have one and enjoy it in private, but it is offensive to others to display it in public.
With that being said I’d like to remind Americans – especially those who believe in the Abrahamic god – that Danes are actually “godless heathens”. Yeah, we do have a lot of churches. As a matter of fact we even have a “Minister for churches” since we have so many churches in Denmark. Every little village has one and they are old.
These churches are financed through “church tax”, from which a Dane can opt out by informing TAX – the danish IRS is actually called SKAT in all capital letters and is directly translated into TAX – but not many Danes have done so. Most stay members because they want their children to have the great party at their Confirmation – a sort of coming-of-age thing we have in Denmark – and they do like the “hygge” in church around christmas. The rest of the year, however, Danes don’t give a shit.
That is, in fact, how religion works in Denmark. We. Don’t. Care.
This is mainly because there is no “religious market” in Denmark. We don’t have competition between faiths as you do in the United States. We have one church sanctioned by the government, and while we do have freedom of religion and that allows Jews, Muslims and other Christian faiths (Catholics are a small minority) as well as “Asatru” (Norse mythology) to practise their faith, most Danes are simply atheistic.
And not atheistic in the religion-bashing way as you will find american atheists to be. Danes simply don’t think about gods and the like. It’s not part of our culture. This is part of the foundation for our “wellfare” state; since there is no gods to dictate our behavior we have to make up our morals ourselves.
This is a good thing, as well as a bad thing. Danes have been lead to believe that the government is always right and that they have a say in all matters; which, of course, is a lie, but let’s leave it at that, shall we. I am not prepared to go into the whole “representative democracy is a scam” argument right now. I’ll do that another time.
What is important here is that if a nanny-state is to be succesfully implemented in the US, as your politicians would like for you to do, you actually need to throw God out first. The laws, rules, regulations and so forth represented by the bible would be a competitor to the power of the government. And government can’t have competition!
If your politicians are to implement their wet dream of a wellfare state – or you yourself believe a wellfare state is a good idea – you will first have to “kill God” in general – that is; make one church the official church of your nation, get all the others to slowly dissipate and then just… well, forget about god.
The Danes have – are you prepared to do the same?