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Type Journal Article - Journal of Church and State
Title State, Religion, and Law in Cameroon: Regulatory Control, Tension, and Accommodation
Author(s)
Volume 57
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 18-43
URL https://repository.up.ac.za/dspace/bitstream/handle/2263/56302/Fombad_State_2015.pdf?sequence=1
Abstract
This paper examines the complex relations that have existed over the years between religious
organisations and the state in Cameroon. It focuses on the tensions that have arisen as the
state tried, especially after 1990 to recognise and protect freedom of religion and religious
diversity whilst working closely with the diverse religious organisations in the country to
further the political, economic and social development of the country. It is shown that the
idea of state secularity, neutrality and independence with respect to the diverse religious
organisations is fairly nuanced. What clearly emerges is that in spite of resistance and even
occasionally, open confrontation, religious denominations in Cameroon are no longer as
passive as they were in the past and have the potential to play an even greater role in
promoting change and the common good.

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