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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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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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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“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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could the US legally adopt Indonesia's 'religion in schools' setup?

There have been recent news stories about Indonesia's plan to increase religious teaching in schools. This intrigues me, as here in the United States, schools can't force students to worship specific ...
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Are clergy required to perform interracial and/or same-sex marriages in the United States?

In Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court invalidated laws against interracial marriages. This, along with laws around equal protection and non-discrimination made for a compelling ...
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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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How important is God in USA politics?

As European citizen (French), I have never been used to seeing biblical notions in politics, but in the USA it seems quite common. For example, former French president Jacques Chirac revealed that the ...
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Is there any democratic non-secular state?

I don't know any democratic non-secular state. And I think that this is impossible. Since if there is no separation between state and religion, it means that in such a democratic country the state ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How easy is it to implement a National Sunday Law? [closed]

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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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 do some of the Druze oppose the regime in Syria?

I don't understand why some of the Druze are supporting the effort to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria. The Baathists/Alawi in Syria, since they are a minority, have always been relatively ...
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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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Why do communist states (e.g. USSR, China) oppose religion so much?

Why do both communist people and communist states oppose religion so much, sometimes with violence and arson. There are many other secular non-communist states in the world that do not have such a ...
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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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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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What communities or groups, religious or not, are exempt from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

If you are familiar with the Amish, they do not contribute to the Social Security Insurance program. Some of the larger communities came together in lawsuit to exempt themselves from it. They first ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 (...
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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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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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Why is Islam the fastest growing religion? [closed]

I was surprised to find out that Islam is the fastest growing religion in West. What is the reason for this? Please clarify it for me. Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group (US-...
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When the founding fathers of the USA added Freedom of Religion, were there any religions in North America that killed in the name of religion?

Many of the people who came to North America in the first place came to avoid religious persecution. This being the case; at the time the founding fathers added Freedom of Religion to the ...
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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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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 ...