Switzerland - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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The Swiss constitution guarantees freedom of worship and prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion. Laws concerning religious groups vary in different cantons. In most cantons only three denominations (Reformed, Roman Catholic, and Christ Catholic churches) are recognized as public institutions, which gives them certain privileges (for example, the possibility to raise a church tax or to teach in schools). These privileges are considered by some to be a form of discrimination.

While the many stereotypes of the two large denominations (Reformed and Roman Catholic) have in the last decades virtually vanished in Swiss society, certain prejudice exists against non-Christian religions. Xenophobia focuses especially on Islam. Because 88.3 percent of Muslims do not have Swiss nationality, they are subject to restrictive laws for foreigners. It is also common for people to hold stereotypes of and feel much prejudice toward Hindu gurus and religious groups. Anti-Semitism is...

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