Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Act of Faith
Essentially, with effect from 1st July, 2011, all organised religions or faiths will cease to exist in their current form and be handed over to private enterprise to administer. Assets held by religious organisations will be sequestered and made available, under tender, to the new private providers.
The Bills received their third reading today and were speedily ratified by the Unified Parliament. A spokesperson for The Ministry of Social Development said that it was gratifying to finally clarify the distinction between State and Church. 'These necessary reforms also reflect the Government's will to allow market forces to shape the future for all of our estates. The Church, in that sense, is no different from Health, Transport, Prisons and Defence - all of which are now being effectively managed by private providers.'
FWPs must provide a prospectus setting out the full range of services and related costs. Government will strictly regulate how the FWPs operate and ensure that there is no prospect of cartels or restrictive trade practices having a negative impact on competition for worshippers. 'We don't want the Anglicans and the Catholics getting together to fix the price of absolution. That would never do' said a spokesman from the Secular Audit Office (SAO)