Most Icelanders Against Free Plots For Religious Groups - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Against Free Plots For Religious Groups

Published October 15, 2013

A new poll shows that about 71% of Icelanders are against a law that requires municipalities to provide free plots of land for houses of worship.
As reported, city council representatives from the Best Party, the Left-Greens and the Social Democrats recently supported an idea at a council meeting to ask parliament to review the law on the Christian Fund, which was last drafted in 1970. This law requires, amongst other things, that municipalities provide free plots of land for the building of Christian churches.
Vísir now reports that, according to a new poll from Market and Media Research, 71.3% of Icelanders oppose the legal requirement. 18.8% had no opinion on the matter, and 10% supported it.
Halldór Halldórsson, chairperson of the Association of Icelandic Municipalities, told reporters that the poll results came as no surprise to him. He added furthermore that the lack of real estate tax these houses of worship will pay for the plots has also been a matter of contention.
At the time of this writing, parliament has not yet taken a decision on the matter.


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