According to this brief report from the New York Times, Spain has decided to end government subsidies to the Catholic Church. This seems like fairly major news, given that this practice has been going on for a long time. Could it be more evidence for the waning influence of religion in Europe?
Unfortunately, government subsidies of religion continue in the United States under the guise of "faith-based" initiatives. It seems to me that the American taxpayer deserves more for his or her investment than this sort of nonsense. I don't know about you, but I have a problem with supporting programs which have been made exempt from the normal standards of evidence applied to secular programs.
Tags: Spain, Catholic Church, religion, faith-based, secular