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What clothing is included in Tajikstan's recent sumptuary law?

The government of Tajikistan recently passed a law imposing restrictions on the types of clothing that are legal within the country. This law has generally been described as a "hijab ban," ...
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Why do a majority of White Evangelicals not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants?

In a survey released on Thursday, PRRI found that, while overall support for a pathway to citizenship has remained virtually unchanged between 2013 and 2021 (63% to 62%), some faith groups have ...
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Which democratic countries / states don't recognise Israel de facto or de jure (the Economist democracy Index)?

Re the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish nation, what are the countries that deny Israel either de facto or de jure and are democracies, defined by being at least 6.00+ on the economist democracy ...
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Why does a religious holiday increase the risk of military conflict?

Many sources claim that the Muslim holiday of Ramadan might be a point of escalation of the war in the Middle East. For example, this WSJ article) says The risk of the conflict spreading during ...
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Religiously affiliated colleges receiving state (gov) funding

Is this a violation of the separation of church and state? For what kind of aid? I was surprised to read that MacDaniel College was forced to remove crosses and disaffiliate itself from the Methodist ...
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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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What prompts dictatorships to often target and oppress religions?

The commission also voiced alarm over regulations on religious practice in the Muslim-majority country under President Ilham Aliyev, including a requirement that all religious groups be registered and ...
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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,...
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Why is the religious fractionalization index of Turkey so low given that 20 percent of the population are Alevi?

In the data from Wikipedia, Turkey has a religious fractionalization index value of 0.0049 which makes it the fifth least fractionalized country. But from this data it can be seen that 20 percent of ...
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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 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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Why do Communist states (e.g. USSR, China) oppose religion so much?

Why did 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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How did Iowa go from being a "blue" to "red" state?

In 1988, Democrat Michael Dukakis won Iowa 55-45, a margin second only to Rhode Island, despite losing the general election 46-54. As late as 2008 and 2012, Barrack Obama won the state. Yet Iowa went ...
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Is there any contingent of Muslims who support the right to burn the Quran?

Is there any political group of Muslims who advocate the right to do things like burn the Quran, ie, because they believe in free speech, or that non-Muslims are not bound to the religious ...
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Is systematic discrimination based on religion considered apartheid?

The crime of apartheid is defined as "an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the ...
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Why is Hindu nationalism such a powerful political force in India? [duplicate]

I'm not very knowledgeable about Indian politics, save for the occasional news item on international media. From what I can gather, the word "Hindu nationalism" has really been the defining ...
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How are different religions correlated to progressives?

Are there some data or studies on the religious statuses of progressive politicians (social democrats, democratic socialists, Green party members, ...) in US? For example, I heard that Bernie Sanders ...
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Does freedom of association give private organizations the right to discriminate on a religious basis?

Freedom of association "is the right to join or leave groups of a person's own choosing, and for the group to take collective action to pursue the interests of members." The right is ...
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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 does Indonesia have a Hindu national emblem when the country is 86% Muslim?

National emblem of Indonesia The Wikipedia article says that -- Garuda, the disciples carrier or vehicle (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, appears in many ancient Hindu-Buddhist temples of ancient ...
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Are there any countries with restrictions on the usage of religious names in certain contexts? [closed]

An example of such context(s) would be usage of religious names in computer/mobile apps or in dictionaries.
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Do any democracies with strong freedom of expression have laws against religious desecration?

Sweden is considering law change to stop public Koran burnings, Aftonbladet reports | Reuters An Iraqi immigrant to Sweden burned the Koran outside a Stockholm mosque last week, causing outrage in ...
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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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Is there a relation between religion and crime rates? [closed]

Each main religion should be listed along with the percantange of their crime rates within the continents of Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. I'm not asking to merge the continents into crime ...
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What stereotypes are true when it comes to religion, genders, race, military, and the government? [closed]

Provide accurate information of evidence along with the stereotype that is true base on one or more of the subjects that I listed above.
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UK allegiance oath - Is there a secular alternative?

It has been proposed that at the Coronation, the "general public" will be "invited" to swear an oath which takes the form "I swear that I will pay true allegiance to your ...
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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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Why is there a huge rise in Hindu Nationalism in India?

At its inception, the Indian constitution avoided the word "secular", though the founders of the constitution (and later the indian courts) affirmed that secularism was an inherent part of ...
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Are there Jewish religious fundamentalists that subscribe to politics of violence?

There are umpteen examples of religion being used in politics. In our modern times, with secular principles enshrined in most democracies, the influence of religion in governance has greatly reduced. ...
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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 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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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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What are the likely international consequences if the status quo in Jerusalem is changed? [closed]

My question is based on the news from January 3rd, when Ben Gvir, the new National Security Minister of Israel, visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is well-known that there is a status quo in ...
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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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General term for voting system where one group pre-selects n out of m, other selects 1 out of n?

The Wikipedia article on Opus Dei, the somewhat controversial, conservative institution of the Roman Catholic Church, currently explains an aspect of the institution's leadership selection procedures ...
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Does the Arizona bill grant a religious exemption to discrimination laws?

The Arizona state legislature has just passed a bill called SB 1062, designed to protect religious liberty. Opponents claim that it will allow businesses to refuse to serve people on the grounds of ...
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How does Ret. US Supreme Court Justice Breyer propose to "...decide cases in a way that will prevent social discord stemming from religion"?

In CNN's September 26, 2022 excerpt from Who's Talking to Chris Wallace Ex-Supreme court justice visibly emotional discussing Roe v. Wade reversal, Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says: ...
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Why is the Iran regime so obsessed with Salman Rushdie?

I'm trying to understand why the Iran regime considers Salman Rushdie such a problem that they put millions of dollars bounties on him over the years. From my vague understanding Rushdie wrote an ...
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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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What does India gain nowadays by continuing to give asylum to the Dalai Lama?

Can anyone tell me why India is still giving asylum to the Dalai Lama? I mean, haven't the circumstances changed already after 70 years of the annexation of Tibet by the PRC? Isn't the Dalai Lama a ...
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Is there any other country in the world outside the EU that allows this kind of "freedom of expression/speech"? [closed]

There were some Islamophobic incidents that took place in the EU targeting Islam. In France, Charlie Hebdo published cartoons; in Denmark, Jyllands-Posten published cartoons; and in Norway, people ...
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Does Hindutva have a concept roughly equivalent to Sharia and do they push for it to be included in the constitution?

In many countries with a Muslim majority the constitution mentions at least Islam or both that and Sharia. And inclusion of the latter is often a plank of some Islamist parties e.g. Contrary to Egypt,...
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Are there political movements that advocate using "Hinduism" as a basis for a society or state?

I know that, according to the West, Islam has a political aspect or agenda and that is called Political Islam. Political Islam can be understood as a political ideology that promotes the -- "...
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Why is it that for Indian Muslims in rural areas, wealth and upward social mobility are not associated with greater female seclusion?

India has one of the lowest female labour participation rates in the world (ref), this twitter thread says that as Indian families become wealthier, they tighten female mobility to buy respectability ...
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What is the "religious organization" that motivated Abe Shinzo's killer?

Looking into the motive of former prime minister Abe Shinzo's suspected killer, Yamagami Tetsuya, not many details are being given in the press, but there is mention of an unnamed religious ...
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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 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 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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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 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 ...