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← Norway abolishes state sponsored Church of Norway

Tiende Landeplage's Avatar Jump to comment 43 by Tiende Landeplage

As Yngve says (comment 41), this is only one small step in the right direction. Still, as one of the natives, I feel like shouting "HURRA!"

And what a nice coincidence to be reading this news on our national holiday, Constitution Day.

Comment 28 by RobertJames Cool, they should redesign their flag without a cross now.

I'll refer to the classic poem "Rent Flag" (1937) by noted Norwegian author Arnulf Øverland. A few years before he wrote it, his lecture "Kristendommen - den tiende landeplage" ("Christianity - the Tenth Plague") had caused him to be tried for blasphemy.

Rent Flag

Stryk kristenkorset av ditt flag/Og heis det rent og rødt./La ingen by deg det bedrag/At frelseren er født./Og vil du ikke dø som en trell,/Så må du saktens fri deg selv.

Translation:

Pure Flag

Erase the Christian cross from your flag/And hoist it pure and red./Let no one feed you the lie/That the saviour is born./And if you don’t want to die a slave,/Then you will have to free yourself.

Thu, 17 May 2012 11:33:31 UTC | #942008