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Questions tagged [religion]

Questions about religious influences on politics or political influences on religion.

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Why do people think there is a “War on Christmas”? [closed]

I don't believe that there is a "War on Christmas". However 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 ...
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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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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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How are inter-religious disputes handled in the US and Canada? [closed]

I was reading Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?. Perhaps religion has a definitive clause somewhere in federal law, no doubt, and indeed religions are prevented ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

I am wondering about developed countries in general, but my experience (and the focus of this question) is the USA and Canada. There are laws in place to prevent discrimination. It is illegal, for ...
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Do any US politicians publicly state they support removing religious symbolism from things like coins?

In the American Dollar you can see religious symbolism such us The Eye of Providence or The Owl of Minerva also the motto "In God We Trust" is repeated multiple times. When swearing an oath in front ...
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Why is exorcism still allowed (legal) in highly developed countries?

According to this article exorcism still receives legal protection in US: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism ...
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Is using religious texts to justify political decisions a violation of the separation of church and state?

Although not stated verbatim, the concept of separation of church and state has been associated with the US constitution. This is to help enforce our first amendment right, freedom of religion. Yet ...
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What is the constitutionality of having official Christian chaplains in the House and Senate?

In U.S. Congress, both the House and Senate have their own chaplain, who typically say a prayer in the chamber when it convenes for the day. All chaplains in the House and Senate since the chamber's ...
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Can an incoming President take power slightly earlier or later to avoid conflict with a Sabbath?

The President's term is fixed to a specific length. That means its start and end dates are not dependent on which weekday is most convenient (as opposed to a national holiday like Veteran's Day), and ...
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Why is there a significant difference between religious makeup of the legislative body and that of adult population in US?

According to this article there seem to be quite a difference between religion of Congress members and that of general population: The religious makeup of the legislative body is overwhelmingly and ...
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Why does Indonesian identity card religion include only 6 religions?

According to Wikipedia, Indonesian identity card includes religion of the person: The card requires identification with one of the six officially recognised religions in Indonesia: Islam, ...
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Can Macron legally reform Islam in France?

In February 2018, french president Emmanuel Macron said : "I want to lay the foundations for the whole organization of Islam in France" He plans to do this to diminish the number of young ...
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Is there any political party in Indonesia that wants to repeal blasphemy laws?

I've heard Nasdem may want to do it. However, I couldn't find the link. I am sure there are many that wants those repealed. Here is a back story. As for background stories, you can read a summary ...
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Why list religion on an ID card?

For example in Indonesia religion is listed on everyone's ID card (many religious conservatives demand that) but I don't see why it should be. I've heard some claim that it's important so that when ...
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Has any Catholic been knighted in the UK in recent history? [closed]

In the past 50-100 years, has a British monarch knighted anyone of self-professed Catholic persuation? This question is about English Church influence on English establishment. Has anyone of the ...
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Are there any societies/nations that use Torah laws?

There are societies that use Sharia laws. Are there any societies that use Torah laws? I know that the Torah influences some societies to enact some "far fetch" laws. Christians, for example, use, "...
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To what extent do religious congregations in the US advocate a political party?

In the United States, to what extent do religious congregations advocate a political party, candidate, or political spectrum (liberal vs conservative)? The geological scope of my question is just the ...
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Is Saipov considered white or a person of color by Americans? [closed]

Amongst Americans, either of the left-wing variety or right-wing variety, who categorise people as being "white" or "persons of color", which category do they put Sayfullo Saipov in, and what ...
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Why can't a local government run a religious public school?

Clearly the establishment clause forbids a religious public school run by the federal government. And by the process of incorporation of amendments 1 to 8 to the states by the due process clause of ...
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When did modern Middle-Eastern terrorism start?

Terrorism, specifically coming from the Middle East, has been an epidemic. It has stretched across the globe from US, France, UK, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany and even parts of ...
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Has any organization ever made it off the SPLC list?

The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a well-publicized list of organizations that promote hateful agendas. Without debating the merits of the list -- which would be outside the scope of the ...
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Is enfranchisement the answer to the middle east problem, or is dictatorship necessary for stability in the region? [closed]

There are examples to show that the government acts to moderate the wishes of the population at large. In case of a democracy, the religious mindset of the people would translate into policies that ...
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How does Russia define religious extremism?

Currently, Jehovah's Witnesses are banned from meeting or preaching in Russia due to accusations of religious extremism. Jehovah's Witnesses are known for being pacifists (they refuse military service,...
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Why is Catholic Church hurrying to sanctify Mother Theresa? [closed]

Note: This question deals with the political dimension of the Vatican City decisions, thus its presence on the Politics site. According to this article, it takes quite some time for someone to become ...
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Is anarchism opposed to the concept of god? [closed]

Why the negation of God by plenty of anarchists? I understand the negation of organized religion, because it confines and subdues the masses if each individual does not think or questions the human ...
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Is christian communism a real political system? [duplicate]

Is christian communism a real political system? If so, what are the main points defended by it?
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How does religion interfere with medical practice in US?

I have recently watched a short documentary about abortion and refusal of performing such procedures due to religious reasons in my native country. The legislation is not clear, since two rights seem ...
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The background of politicising religion in present-day US political debate

I was having a discussion with a friend today on the American political debate. For me, as an outsider, it is very much my opinion that in recent decades the general level of politicising religion ...
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Why is India gradually becoming a Hindu country?

Although late, the Indian constitution incorporated secularism in 1974, technically, India had no bar in functioning as a Hindu country, as according to Wikipedia, ... neither India's constitution ...
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How does the Pope influence politics in countries where there is a separation between Church and State?

I do not know how Pope's activity is covered in Western media, but local media in my country (Romania) covers all the important meetings of the Pope. Many of these meetings are with important ...
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Does Marine Le Pen oppose circumcision?

In Marine Le Pen's Insane Kippah Ban Defense it's stated that Marine Le Pen is opposed to (male) circumcision: This becomes most apparent in Le Pen’s views on the headscarf and the yarmulke: ...
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How do secular democratic government deal with religious laws?

Modern democracies guarantee both the freedom of religion and equality before law. This creates a paradox since most of the religions have their own laws, thus creating a system of different laws for ...
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Do the the Census Bureau and the IRS of the USA employ or consult theolgians?

I have often wondered why the bureaucrats in the United States are considered able to determine what is a denomination or even a religion. Are a number of career bureaucrats competent to make such ...
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How easy is it to implement a National Sunday Law?

The 7th Day Adventist Church mentions that before the end of the time, the Papacy and the USA will introduce a Sunday Law (known as Blue Law) which will enforce the keeping of Sunday as worship day (...
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Prayer at the Presidential Inauguration

I'm watching the inauguration of the 45th president and am stunned2 that three Christian3 clergy persons pray for the president and the country, obviously in order to give the incoming president the ...
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Why do the Dutch Euro coins have a religious inscription on their edge?

The euro coins for 1 and 2 euros allow for an inscription on the edge of the coin. Each country is allowed to use an inscription of their choosing. (Euro coins allow for a national side as well, for ...
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Why religious fractionalization index of Turkey so low given %20 percent of Alevi existance?

In the data from Wikipedia Turkey has religious fractionalization index value 0.0049 which makes it the fifth least fractionalized country. But from this data it can be seen that %20 percent of the ...
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Granting citizenship for belonging to religion

Which countries will grant you citizenship automatically if you convert to a certain religion?
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How can minority churches such as Protestant survive in a stricly secular state like France?

In the country where I live (Switzerland), the state is not strictly secular, and is supporting some churches. The vast majority of the population is not religious anymore (regardless of whether or ...
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How can a classless society exist with religion

Are classless societies and religion mutually exclusive? I believe that this is one of the major hurdles of communism; that the only way to remove socioreligious classes would be to ban religion, but ...
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Why is Russia Today largely unsympathetic to Muslims in western countries?

I don't read much Russia Today, but some of its articles aren't very sympathetic to Muslims living in western countries. (There may be better examples, but this article cites Breitbart and is roughly ...
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Are Pastafarians trying to undermine religious exemptions for identity photos?

Pastafarians have been successfully gaining the right to wear colanders in government identification photos such as those in driver's licenses, when they wouldn't otherwise be allowed to. Are they ...
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What are the crime rates by religion in USA?

Not looking for hate crimes. Looking for percentage of crimes per capita broken down by religion of the perpetrator. (Example: 1M Protestants in USA, 10k crimes by Protestants, rate of 0.01% per ...
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Are there any atheist politicians in the Republican Party (GOP)?

I haven't seen any non-religious Republicans. Is it a present qualification for politicians running on the GOP ticket to be religious?
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Why is ISIS bombing Shiite mosques?

When reading about attacks by ISIS in the past year or so, I noticed that a lot of them involved attacks on Shiite mosques, in several countries. While I understand that ISIS hates Shia Islam, and ...
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“Terrorism has no religion.” Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts?

There is a perspective, pretty popular in both mid-East and Western worlds, which says that the majority of Muslims do not share the radical views Provided this is true, why don't we see calls for ...
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Why don't US elected officials swear on the Constitution?

Why don't U.S. elected officials swear on the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, instead of the Bible (or another "holy book"), in the spirit of true secularism and separation of church (...