Bill: Establishment of the Trigunian National Church Act
Votes: This is an ordinary bill. It requires more yes votes than no votes. This bill will not pass any sooner than the deadline.
Voting deadline: March 3588
|This Act proposes the establishment of a state religion under the auspices of a Trigunian National Church, which shall be run by a Synod of 20 bishops appointed by the monarch on the advice of his Prem'yer. The monarch shall be the titular Head of the Church, and the bishop of Petrovgrad - known as the "Archbishop of Petrovgrad" - shall facilitate the day-to-day running of the Church and enjoy "first-amongst-equals" status amongst the bishops.|
Article 1 - Blasphemers will usually be subject to fines. Only the most serious, repeat offenders will be subject to prison sentences.
Article 2 - The monarch, on the advice of the Prem'yer, will appoint the ministers of the Trigunian National Church, but not the ministers of any other religious bodies in Trigunia. Similarly, the state will set and pay the salaries of TNC ministers, but not those of other religious bodies.
Article 4 - Non-TNC religions may not construct religious buildings, organise religious meetings with more than 20 people present or attempt to evangelise in the public sphere. The TNC is our national religion and must be respected as such.
Articles 5&7 - Every school, public or private, must help to raise children in the faith and teachings of the TNC.
Article 6 - All non-TNC religious organisations will be taxed as companies.
Prem'yer of Trigunia
OOC: The TNC is loosely based on orthodox/theognosian churches, with a few borrowings from the Terran Patriarchal Church, such as the description of God as "Boh".
Old value:: No state penalties are issued for blasphemy.
Current: No state penalties are issued for blasphemy.
Proposed: Public blasphemy is considered a minor offense.
Proposal[?] to change Government policy concerning the visitation of foreign missionaries.
Old value:: Foreign missionaries are not permitted to enter the nation.
Current: The government determines which missionaries are permitted to visit on a person by person basis.
Proposed: The government determines which missionaries are permitted to visit on a person by person basis.
Proposal[?] to change The state's intervention in the appointment of ministers of religion.
Old value:: The state does not intervene in the appointment of ministers of any religion whatsoever.
Current: The state has the right to veto the appointment of any ministers of religion.
Proposed: The state appoints all heads and other ministers of all religions.
Proposal[?] to change Government policy towards evangelism and religious advertising.
Old value:: Religions are permitted to freely promote and advertise themselves.
Current: Religions are permitted to freely promote and advertise themselves.
Proposed: Religions are required to obtain government approval before promoting themselves or advertising in any manner.
Old value:: No religions are taxed.
Current: Religions are treated as companies, and all profit is taxed, however, charitable donations are not taxed.
Proposed: Recognized religions are not taxed.
Old value:: Religious schools are not allowed.
Current: Religious schools are allowed, but are strictly regulated. Only recognised religions may set up religious schools.
Proposed: All schools are required to be religious in nature.
Proposal[?] to change The government's policy with respect to prayer in schools.
Old value:: Teacher-led prayers in schools are forbidden.
Current: The government leaves this decision up to the schools themselves.
Proposed: Teacher-led prayers are mandatory in schools.
Old value:: Any form of religion is banned.
Current: There is no government policy concerning a state religion.
Proposed: There is an official state religion, but membership is completely voluntary.
These messages have been posted to debate on this bill:
|Date||05:59:34, December 07, 2013 CET||From||Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Trigunii||To||Debating the Establishment of the Trigunian National Church Act|
|Message||This is just too weak! Articles 3 and 8 allow the continued existence of the SPC in Trigunia, which is simply unacceptable. SPC follwoers should convert to the true faith on the pain of exile. Still this is a vast improvement on the status quo.|
|Date||18:36:11, December 07, 2013 CET||From||Trigunskaya Natsional'naya Partiya||To||Debating the Establishment of the Trigunian National Church Act|
|Message||Like Grigori Redovich, we would like everybody to convert to the true faith, but we will not attempt to force conversion on people. Genuine conversion comes by choice, not by coercion. We will, however, restrict the ability of heretic religions to lead our people astray, and we will give the true church every possible opportunity to win souls over for Boh.|
Prem'yer of Trigunia
|Date||19:41:42, December 07, 2013 CET||From||Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund||To||Debating the Establishment of the Trigunian National Church Act|
We presume the Liberal representative meant the Terran Patriarchal "Church", not our organisation, which has not maintained a strong presence in Trigunia in recent ages. For us, it is enough that the new Trigunian Church has abjured the paganism of the Deltarian heathens, and returned to the true faith in God and Spirit. The rest is solely an offer of friendship from His Holiness the Arch-Patriarch, whom I represent.
Father Vaclav Ivaneyev,
Apostolic Vicar of His Holiness Arch-Patriarch Josephus VII in Trigunia
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