Since the creation of independent Lostisland in 2010, it was run as a secular republic; this may change soon though, depending on the ongoing referendum on declaring Judaism as the state religion.
Following a suggestion of a Lostislandic citizen received by the Federal Government, the President for Life has signed a Decree providing for a referendum on amending the constitution and embracing Judaism as the state religion of Lostisland. The referendum, which started on 26 October and shall last till Monday, is the first Lostisland-wide voting on a constitutional change since the adoption of the current constitution in 2015.
As per the Lostislandic privacy laws the name of a citizen who requested the referendum may not be revealed, nor any polls were conducted to find out how much support the idea has among other Lostislandic citizens. Dr Meir Kasirer, the Lostislandic Ambassador to Israel condemned the suggestion in a respective thread in the Lostisland facebook group and confirmed that had voted against it. President Yaroslav Mar without stating his own position clarified that the referendum was sanctioned in order to honor the traditions of the Lostislandic direct democracy, while other officials have not commented on the issue.
Should the referendum approve the amedment, p. 1 of Article X of the the Constitution of Lostisland from “the Federal Republic of Lostisland is a secular state. No state or obligatory religion may be established” will be changed to “the State religion of the Federal Republic of Lostisland is Judaism”, while p. 2, according to which the “religious associations shall be separate from the State and shall be equal before the law” – to “religious associations other than Jewish organizations shall be separate from the State and equal before the law”.
The Lostislandic agencies do not publish any exit polls, meaning that the result wouldn’t become known until Monday.