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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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? [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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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 (...
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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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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 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 cultural assimilation a violation of human rights for immigrants? [closed]

For immigrants, is it a violation of human rights to use cultural assimilation policies ?
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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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Police(?) taking relics from a church. What is the background?

In this video one can see police (or some other people in black uniform) taking relics by force from a church. What is the background of the event?
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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 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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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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Is there separation of religion and state in Canada?

The reigning sovereign of Canada is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Granted, the Monarch's role in the Government and the Church is largely ceremonial, but the truth remains that ...
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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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General term for voting procedure 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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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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Does the Hobby Lobby case apply to all corporations and all birth control?

I'm concerned with the ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, and that some other workers will have the right to force corporations to provide services regardless of their deeply held religious beliefs. ...
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Are U.S. politicians assumed to be Christians?

Are U.S. politicians assumed to be Christians (no matter which sect)? Is it possible for an atheist or Muslim believer to become US president? Are there any legal obstacles?