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Answering my own questions: the regular year-end bump is explained with taxes by the website owners, the bump earlier this year is explained by new tax plans and the election of the new archbishop; while that February 2008 peak had a funny reason: media publicity for the website when the number of church resignations it fostered hit 100,000.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Oct 17th, 2010 at 04:28:03 PM EST
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Swedens Lutheran Church lost many members when they made a successful campaign to inform members that they could vote in the church elections. Apparently reminding the members that they are members is a bad thing.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Oct 17th, 2010 at 05:02:40 PM EST
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Or it is that one cannot be responsible for what the majority decide if one is not a member. Being reminded that they could vote might have spooked them.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 17th, 2010 at 11:20:33 PM EST
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