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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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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In what conditions could a National Sunday Law be implemented? [closed]

There are religious groups supporting the idea that before the end of the time, as result of an eventual increase of the Church power received from the State, a National Sunday Law will be implemented:...
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Why do people say the Indiana Religious Freedom Act will be used to discriminate against gays?

Indiana's recent Religious Freedom Restoration Act has cause a bit of a stir. Political leaders such as Clinton, business leaders such as Benioff and Cook, celebrities as well as protestors have all ...
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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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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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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 it necessary for a communist to be an atheist?

Is it necessary for a communist to be an atheist? Have there been exceptions to this rule where a communist country or leader was comfortable with religion? Since all communist countries persecuted ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Did Reagan's use of "God bless America" in his 1980 speech reflect tones that were already present in the political discussion?

I have long known that this was an exceptionally poor question in its previous form. I've wanted to work on it, and I've hopefully got a good angle. The premise refers to: If one looks at nearly 360 ...
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What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?

Almost everyday we hear about Shia and Sunni Muslims fighting each other. It is said that most Muslims die every year because of religion. What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?
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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 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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Granting citizenship for belonging to religion

Which countries will grant you citizenship automatically if you convert to a certain religion?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For the U.S. Christian Right, are Sunday store openings an issue?

In The Netherlands and many other European countries, stores are (or were until recently) closed on Sundays, and particularly Christian parties (strongly) oppose allowing stores to be open on Sundays, ...
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Is requiring removal of face coverings a violation of a persons civil rights?

After the attacks on 911, proper identification became important especially when boarding a plane or using other mass transit. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to identify someone whose face is ...
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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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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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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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How does the Pope influence politics in countries where there is a separation between Church and State?

I do not know how the 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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Which religious groups have made use of the religious exemption under Obamacare?

In Islam, for example, conventional insurance is usually considered haraam (forbidden). Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, those who fail to ...
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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 ...