|Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 66):|
In Switzerland you have two "Landeskirchen" (national churches), one being the Protestant-Evangelic Church and the other one the Roman Catholic one, who get taxes and are state-financed (federal level). And Christmas and Easter are strictly regulated by law in regard to opening hours for business. Such things partially are regulated on Cantonal level and in some cases by overruling federal law. The point however is that the trees are lighted, the children get their gifts and the major festivities at home are done in the evening of 24th "Heiligabend" (Holy Evening) throughout Switzerland.
Costa Rica has an official religion. Our Constitution says [wrongfully] that:
ArtÃculo 75.- La ReligiÃ³n CatÃ³lica, ApostÃ³lica, Romana, es la del Estado, el cual contribuye a su mantenimiento, sin impedir el libre ejercicio en la RepÃºblica de otros cultos que no se opongan a la moral universal ni a las buenas costumbres.
(AsÃ variada su numeraciÃ³n por Ley No. 5703 del 6 de junio de 1975)
[the official religion[sic] of the State of Costa Rica is the Catholic, Roman Catholic, and the State must contribute economically with it]. Nevertheless the freedom of cult is allow.
Also total freedom for businesses regarding opening hours.
'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind'. Albert Einstein