Washington Post religion writer Michelle Boorstein has been trying to reach members of President Donald Trump’s evangelical council to see if they have anything to say about his latest crude outburst. So far, it has been crickets. I suspect that’s all Boorstein will get.
After 500 years of serving as the official state church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway was partially separated from the government on Jan. 1.
Under the new arrangement, Norway’s 1,250 priests and bishops will no longer be employees of the state who are appointed by the king and whose salaries are paid by taxes. The groundwork for the division was laid nine years ago, and is now coming to fruition.
Last Friday, as you know, Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik killed eight people with a car bomb in Oslo. He followed this explosion with gunfire at a Labor Party youth camp on Norway’s Utoya Island, which left at least 68 dead.