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Church of Sweden warns of SMS opt-out service

The Local · 2 Jul 2010, 11:50

Published: 02 Jul 2010 11:50 GMT+02:00

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"All in all, the marketing attempts to discredit the Church of Sweden by giving a very distorted and negative image of the church's activities, which is obviously meant to directly influence church members to buy the company's service," said Maria Lundqvist-Norling, head of the church's legal department, in a statement.

According to Lundqvist-Norling, the company's marketing of its kyrkoavgift website exaggerates the difficulties for members to withdraw from the church, arguing that anyone who wants to leave can do so easily.

The firm offers its service for a fee of 100 kronor ($13) whereby interested parties can simply send an SMS and receive a withdrawal form in return with which they can cancel their membership.

Lundkvist-Norling argues however that this withdrawal form is not necessary and those wishing to leave can simply notify their pastor personally or by submitting a personally signed document.

The church argues that the service in practice means that kyrkoavgift.se only has to find out which church a person belongs to, and can then write the address on an envelope and send it in themselves.

The information on the website is also criticized for allegedly containing a number of factual errors and inaccuracies about the services and entitlements associated with church membership.

For example, the church argues that the website wrongly conveys the impression that non-members are entitled to hold a funeral service at one of its parishes.

The most serious objection the church raises against the compilation of "material information" on the website is that it omits a large part of the church's activities that a church member may want to support through membership.

The site argues in return that it is cheaper to cancel church membership and pay directly for the complimentary services available to members, including weddings, baptisms and funerals.

The company comes in for more criticism for allegedly using a logo similar to the church's own and argues that the site is thus trying to convey the impression that it is linked to the Church of Sweden.

The church has stated that it is considering legal action against kyrkoavgift.se and has called on the Consumer Ombudsman (Konsumentombudsmannen - KO) to review whether the marketing is consistent with good marketing practices and what is improper under the Marketing Act.

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Information about parish membership is freely available in Sweden. The church's own website offers an individual search function, and national registration is still filed according to parish.

The Church of Sweden was the official state church until 2000 and as of 2008, 72.9 percent of Sweden's population belonged to the church. However, only about 5 percent of church members regularly attend services.

Membership dues are collected by the tax agency through a levy based on income tax declarations.

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13:15 July 2, 2010 by Twiceshy
Good call. Text and get out fast:




13:37 July 2, 2010 by Open Minded
Since everyday reports comes that Jesus was not crucified then we need to close Churches.

The Christianity is based on this Jesus died for your sin. These reports everyday proves he did not die. These reports comes from Bible scholars,Masters PhDs. Professors. It does not comes from Islamic source.

We already said this 1400 ys ago :)

Close the Churches and come back the root of first and last religion "Islam" . and Worship the God who Jesus himself prayed for and The God who Jesus himself fasted for him, The God who Jesus himself said that " My father is greater than I"

The God of Jesus,Moses,David,Muhammad,Adam... come back to the root where all of these messengers preached one message to worship one God not monkey ,cow, or three in one or four one. None of them preached or describe a god like this so stop it :) and worship the only one God and in the language where all these great messenger called him was similar to Allah or Allah.

God is English/Greek, Jesus is not Jewish name I am sure if you call him Jesus he would be like excuse me? Bible is Greek word, Christian is Greek word. and yes Jesus did not speak Greek so where these words come from? I tell you!

Fabricated 40 to 100 to 300 or 2000 years after Jesus. and still they are changing every min they change bible.

Come back to the root oh you people ,and worship the God who is worthy of worship.

14:24 July 2, 2010 by Kevin Harris
@Open Minded

Do you know what a misnomer is?

Is it:

a) an alien species from the first series of Star Trek

b) part of a four stroke combustion engine

c) a name which suggests an interpretation that is untrue
14:48 July 2, 2010 by calebian22
Open minded,

No thanks. I would rather be an infidel.
15:43 July 2, 2010 by americanska
Open Minded - would you really be happy if there were no sexy western women in short skirts around? Or maybe your just into little kids, or gay?

even if we were all muslim - we'd still be a rich country and the arab nations would still be in the crappy middle east and they would just find another reason to brainwash people into hating us.
17:19 July 2, 2010 by europeman31
americanska and calebian22: soon when your eyes will be closed than you will see the real picture . think before it is too late . we all have to die one day and this you cannot deny . And we will be raised up one day which most of you deny but this denial is out of ignorance and following desires and whims.

17:19 July 2, 2010 by Open Minded
calebian22, as you wish :)

Americanska, You need to have a respect I can disrespect you and your complete American nation and I can tell how you people become rich.

Well In Islam there is no value for poor and rich , riches are more in danger in Islam for what God has given them, they would be accountable for what they have and they would be questioned on how they spend money.

So if you are rich or your nation is rich, then you guys needs to help poor countries. gives more charity and help needy , but let me give you a hint only the Oil Gas and Gold mineral of middle east can buy your all countries so it is not matter of money. quit about money .

We do not look at the womans look. As soon as she wear sexy bikni she becomes an object where nasty and thirsty men would be after her to have her.

then all would look at her in sexual eyes :P this is evil. Bible says those women who do not wear Hijab , she should shave her head lol Bible is more strict on woman. Islam says wear something nice so you be an object .
18:01 July 2, 2010 by calebian22
open minded and europeman31,

I am perfectly content, taking my chances regarding my beliefs and my eventual death. I have made the correct choice.
19:11 July 2, 2010 by americanska
Calebian22 - correct you have.

europeman31, openminded = you sound the brainwashed robots.

and those robes are not nice - you are against giving women the right to wear what they want. they are YOUR object and nothing else. why not let your girl how herself off.......you cavemen...litteraly
22:40 July 2, 2010 by j.Olsson
If the Swedish clergy were true believers, if the Swedish church had not aligned itself with government funding, if the TRUTH was taught properly, the exodus from practicing Christianity in this country would not have happened. But there has been a campaign against Christ, and people have become intimidated and mislead. Christ was about love and forgiveness, healing and mystery...we need Christ whether we believe it or not.
23:34 July 2, 2010 by Larry Thrash
Christianity is so old fashion. So uncool to speak of Christianity at one's cocktail party. Plus there are rules in Christianity that I don't like. The new religion of Global Warming is a cooler religion any way. Plus we can make the government control those "other people" via the power of the state. What a cool religion that Global Warming (excuse me "Climate Change").

Most of the priest in the Church of Sweden have abandoned Christianity for this new religion any way. Now that's cool and hip.
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