From Expatica, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
BRUSSELS — The Belgian state is to fund the wages of 245 imams in a bid to end discrimination against the Islamic faith.
Although Islam has been recognised as an official religion in Belgium for the last 30 years, it hasn’t been given the perks of other beliefs.
On Thursday, the federal parliament voted to grant EUR 4.83 million in 2005 to pay for imams in around 100 mosques….
The funding is a significant financial boost for Belgium’s mosques. Last year, Islam was granted just 0.5 percent of the overall religious budget, with EUR 1.27 million. The Catholic Church was given 88 percent of the cake, almost EUR 202 million.
Next year, some churches will not receive funding for assistant curates, a decision made partly because there is a shortage of curates.