Reykjavík District Court ruled yesterday that the Icelandic state does not have to give the Pagan Society comparable funding to what the State Church is receiving. The pagans said they intend to appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, high chieftain of the Pagan Society, told Bladid that the pagans will appeal to the Supreme Court and to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg if necessary.
The Pagan Society claims the state’s distribution of funding to religious communities unjust as the State Church gets more funding for each member than the Pagan Society, as
Reykjavík District Court explained in its ruling that the State Church has to undertake many projects by law, so it is not unjust that it gets more funding from the state than other religious communities.
Hilmarsson told Bladid he had always suspected than they would have to appeal and that part of the plan had been pointing out that the legal system in Iceland was faulty. He is hoping the Supreme Court will enforce a change in the laws.