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Letters & Op-Eds - 2008

economist

Church and state

Jon O'Brien

28 February 2008

SIR - The Economist is to be applauded for suggesting that religion should not receive preferential treatment when it seeks to influence public policy. Religion, in all its forms, is but another form of vested special interest, like labour unions or business associations, and should be treated as such. Competing interests do bring different perspectives to public policy, but some of the privileges that religions enjoy are a disservice to all, and must be changed to ensure a level playing field for our attention and support in the battle of ideas.  

This Letter to the Editor was originally published in the 28 February edition of the Economist.