Questions tagged [religion]

Questions about religious influences on politics or political influences on religion. Consider using with religion-specific tags, including [islam], [judaism] or [christianity] where appropriate.

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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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Why did China allow the building of the Spring Temple Buddha?

Why did China allow the building of the Spring Temple Buddha from 1997 to 2008? At first I thought this was pre-revolution. There is little information on why this religious monument exists. One would ...
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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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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 spread across the globe, to the US, France, UK, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany and even to 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 ...