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Why aren't (tax exempt) churches allowed to be political, and why not tax all churches?

Politics and religion often intersect in the United States and many other countries. However, churches generally don't support political candidates (though certain religious leaders do because they're ...
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Why do politics around abortion affiliate so heavily with religious status?

TL;DR: The political arguments on either side of the pro-choice/pro-life debate have virtually nothing to do with religion, so why are the politics and people's positions on this issue so correlated ...
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How politically aligned with Moscow has the Russian Orthodox Church's position on the Russo-Ukrainian War been since it started in 2014?

The Hill's Pope blasts Russia’s ‘infantile’ war says: Francis has to date avoided referring to Russia or Putin by name. But Saturday’s personalization of the powerful figure responsible marked a new ...
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Why isn't Putin excommunicated by the orthodox church? [closed]

I wonder: Why isn't Putin excommunicated by the orthodox church? It seems he likes to show up as Christian in church for political reasons, but what he does is not Christian at all. Or does the ...
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Why is that for Indian Muslims, wealth and upward social mobility is not associated with greater female seclusion?

India has one of the lowest female labour participation in the world (ref), this twitter thread says that as Indian families become wealthier, they tighten female mobility to buy respectability in ...
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Does public spending involving religious organizations (i.e. the Church) follow the same transparency rules as for other public spending?

Several months ago, a Romanian NGO's investigation (Recorder - The Clan of the Great White) revealed that the public spending involving the Romanian Orthodox Church seems to be very opaque. I am ...
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Have any US politicians proposed fully cutting funding from religious schools?

According to hhs.gov, religious schools can receive government funding for non-religious activities. As with most things religion related, this seems like it could be controversial in the US, and ...
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How did Russia suddenly change from being an atheist country to being a Christian country?

I know that religious faith is a personal thing, some people have a stronger faith than others, and for some people religion is more a matter of cultural identity than personal conviction. Also how ...
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Can you be an avowed atheist in Iran?

It seems that, at least as recently as 2014, Iran had a death penalty for apostasy. But apostasy isn't non-belief. In fact, that charge seems to be a rather contextual matter. In this Guardian story ...
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Does the Taliban government of Afghanistan have a written legal code?

Since the Taliban took effective control of Afghanistan in 2021, I've been reading various sources claiming that they are restricting the movements of women and girls in public, but it is unclear if ...
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Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religion to the public?

Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religious beliefs to the public? Let's say that the President is a member of an unpopular religious group. Do they have to disclose that fact to the ...
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Why is China regulating religion?

Article 36 of the Chinese constitution says that citizens “enjoy freedom of religious belief.” It bans discrimination based on religion and forbids state organs, public organizations, or individuals ...
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What are the advantages of an apostasy certificate to a Polish citizen?

There have been reports of an increase in Polish Catholics applying for apostasy certificates to leave the church. I believe that some Islamic countries' laws are different for Muslims and non-Muslims ...
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What is the conservative argument against modern contraception?

I am asking this in the context of the Republican Party in the US being against contraception. That seems odd to me since even the anti-abortion Christian party in the country I live are for handing ...
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Can the US Roman Catholic Bishops establish rules against the will of the Pope?

The US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops made a step towards banning politicians who support abortion rights from the Eucharist (Holy Communion). This step was made against the explicit position of ...
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Is Israel prejudiced against Jews that are atheists?

From this answer, (emphasis added by me) Whether a Jew can cease being Jewish is a controversial topic. In the eyes of the Israeli state it is possible, but probably requires a religious conversion. ...
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Arguments for and against forcing religious organizations to pay taxes (United States) [closed]

In the United States, currently, religious organizations are not required to pay taxes The first amendment doesn’t prevent religious organizations from paying taxes, link https://www....
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Has Pakistan's Federal Ministry for Human Rights condemned the treatment of Muslims in China?

In the latest round of verbal slaps between France and Muslim countries: France’s foreign ministry has demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw comments made by one of its ministers that President ...
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Is there evidence of on-going legislation specifically targeting Muslims in France?

In 2004, France banned wearing conspicuous religious symbols in schools. In particular, this bans the Muslim headscarf, the Jewish kippah, and the Sikh turban. The turban has now been exempted as ...
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What actions have governments critical of Macron's response to the murder of Samuel Paty called for?

Following the murder of Samuel Paty in France two weeks ago, Emmanuel Macron gave a speech [fr] in which he defended freedom of expression and said "we won't give up on caricatures". This ...
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Why is the USA so much more religious then other developed nations [duplicate]

The USA is an outlier in it's overall religiosity (ie percentage of citizens that consider religion a major factor in their lives) when it comes to developed & wealthy nations, being nearly twice ...
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Are countries identifying themselves as secular, truly secular countries?

In this video, I see that members of parliaments, PM, and so on are taking oath by holding a book. Is it a bible? If Yes, is England a secular country or not? In this video, I see POTUS is holding a ...
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Why is China primarily targeting the Uyghurs with their internment camps?

In recent years, Chinese re-education camps have become widely known in the Western press. According to Wikipedia: As of 2018, it was estimated that the Chinese authorities may have detained hundreds ...
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Why is the Hagia Sophia decision of Turkey attracting so much attention around the world? [closed]

In Spain, there are numerous mosques converted into churches. TRT compiled a list of Islamic landmarks in Greece which were converted into various things including an adult film studio. In India, they ...
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Why are there currently only 25 Lords Spiritual?

According to the Parliament.UK website, 26 bishops are granted places in the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Lords includes 26 Church of England Archbishops and Bishops who sit on an ...
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Why do voters in the US not approve of atheist politicians?

At least in the presidential area of government (from the president down), there are no out atheists. I don't know if there are no out atheists in all of government, but I do know that there are no ...
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Are/were there self-identified Jehovah's witness politicians?

I am curious about religion. Jehovah's Witnesses are officially apolitical. But, I am curious about Jehovah's witnesses and whether there are any self-identified Witnesses in governments around the ...
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Why do Catholics support European integration more than Protestants?

In their paper Does Religion Matter?: Christianity and Public Support for the European Union, Nelsen et. al explore the effect of religious denomination, and the strength of that religious conviction ...
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Why is the US so religious compared to other Western democracies?

According to the Pew Research Center, around 88% of Americans had at least some belief in a God, with around 63% being "absolutely certain" of this. This is in stark contrast to other comparable ...
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Can the Pope be impeached?

Generally, an appointment to the papacy is for life, but on several occasions, most recently Benedict XVI in 2013, the Pope has resigned from the post. This means that the Catholic Church recognises ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

This article from the BBC describes appalling violence in the Indian capital, which has led to a death toll of 27 at the time of writing. The article mentions that the spark that ignited the riots ...
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How high is sympathy for Israel among Bolsonaro's supporters and/or Brazilian Evangelicals?

An article in Le Monde Diplomatique claims that: Like Trump, Bolsonaro is highly dependent on his nation’s politically powerful Evangelical community, and they are Israel one-hundred percenters. [.....
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Does Iran have religious protections for members of the Zoroastrianism faith?

I know Iran is majority Muslim and that some of the other faiths that can be found in Iran like the Bahai Faith have been persecuted throughout its existence. I have also learned that Zoroastrianism ...
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Why exactly is Laïcité (the law on separation of church and state) not valid in Alsace?

I've read that Due to the special historical situation (Laïcité is not valid in Alsace), there is a university with a theology faculty (Catholic and Protestant). In 2009 a Master's degree in ...
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Is there an index of state support for (the official) religion?

There is more than one index of religious freedom published, but I'm curious if another dimension of state involvement in religious life has been quantified, namely how much state support religious ...
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Are 'state religion' and 'official religion' the same things?

Are 'state religion' and 'official religion' the same things? For example, Pakistan has state religion while Sri Lanka has official religion. On https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_religion , it ...
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Germany's Ladenschlussgesetz in comparison to Israel's business laws about the Sabbath

Currently in Israel, a big political question that stands is whether grocery stores or other businesses should be open on Saturday (Shabbat, holy day for a large portion of business owners). Currently,...
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Which theocracies exist today?

I’ve been trying to work out which countries existing today count as theocracies. From what I could find, the definition of a theocracy is “a system of government in which priests rule in the name of ...
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What is the reason for extreme antisemitism among Muslims? [closed]

The current Iranian regime, and many other middle eastern Muslim regimes regularly call for the destruction of Israel and slaughter of all the Jews, from CNN: A new document by Iran's supreme ...
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Do racist/xenophobic Buddhists (attempt to) base their prejudice in religious doctrine?

Do the various racist or xenophobic movements in countries with Buddhist majorities (mainly in South East Asia) usually claim to base their prejudice (against other religions or ethnic groups) on ...
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Why is has the US not "followed through" with secularisation after the hippie movement?

Well this is (once again) from the viewpoint from one from Europe, specifically the Netherlands. During the 50s and 60s we had a very strict religious "pillars" in society, where one only interacts ...
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Legal basis of religion for Citizenship Amendment Bill

According to the website http://www.prsindia.org, about the Citizenship Amendment bill that India recently passed in Lok Sabha is states that The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make ...
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What exactly constitutes a "religious test" as defined in the US Constitution?

Article 6 of the US Constitution states that no "religious test" can be required for any office or public trust. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several ...
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Why does nobody consider science or capitalism sacrosanct? [closed]

I do not know any country in the world that jails people for "blaspheming" against science. People are free to say evolution is just a theory. Nobody says "that's blasphemy, jail him". We may think ...
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Why do people think there is a "War on Christmas"?

I always hear of this belief of a "War on Christmas" motivating people to vote against Democrats in the United States. What causes people to believe there is this "War on Christmas"?
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Isn't acknowledging the existence of God, as a state, a contradiction of the separation of Church and State?

I'm not an expert in politics at all, but I have been wondering about this for a while. If Church and State are supposed to be separated, isn't it a bit of a contradiction to have "God" so strongly "...
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Do anti blasphemy laws increase corruption?

This asked why Islamic countries are more corrupt and the question was closed for "being too broad". Islamic countries tend to be non secular and they often have laws against "blasphemy". ...
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Convention to stop defamation of religion

Pakistani prime minister said that we shall be introduced a convention to stop the ‘’defamation of any religion’’ and this work will be supervised by jurist. The question is: Is there any legal ...
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Is Israeli political party Kulanu religious or anti-religious?

What is their position about religious laws in the country? What is their history of voting on the laws about religious issues?
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Why does BJP want to know Rahul Gandhi's gotra?

Why is the BJP so concerned about what caste and gotra Rahul Gandhi belong to? Every party in India claims to remove casteism but why does the BJP repeatedly bring up the caste and the religion of the ...
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