And now you might think, you can save the German church - taxes, if you expose your walkout from the church. In this case you have to visit a German local court respective a German register office. Then you will get a certification from the authority you have to sent to the fiscal - office. The clergyman of your hometown´s parish is not allowed to accept your decision because of the church - laws.
But there are a lot of social institutions - hospitals, kindergartens, homes for the aged -, which are depending from a churchly sponsorchip, although the churches spent only about 8 % of their income for social purposesses. The German state churches are the second largest employers in our country, especially in the social domain. If you are a doctor, a kindergartner, a nurse or something similar, you will be very often depending on the church to be your employer. The church only gives work to church members which pay church - taxes. A lot of people are forced to be church - members and to pay church - taxes because of professional or private reasons.
Indeed antidiscrmination - laws exist also in the Federal Republic of Germany, but there are exception rules for the churches. Our "democratic state" tolerates and supports religious discrimination and other infringements of the law by the churches.
But there is one urgent exception: When the churches give work to forced laborers - conscientious objectors (= people who don´t want to serve for the military) and unemployed persons - the churches havn´t to pay for, the churches are not interested in the (non) - Christian attitude of people they can exploite.