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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

You are looking at this through the eyes of a modern. Time for some history: One of the oldest European settlements on North America was made by Puritans, who were fleeing... government religious ...
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What do British people think about female-only carriages on trains?

A YouGov poll of 2948 people conducted in August 2017 gives: It has been suggested that trains should have women-only carriages. Which of the following comes closest to your view? Good idea - women ...
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Do voice assistants such as Alexa commonly have political opinions and do people believe them unthinkingly?

I wonder how we should react to a non-sentient robot claiming to hold a particular set of beliefs and principles. You should bear in mind that it is actually expressing the views of the controllers ...
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Why are arrest records public in the United States?

The US political system was designed by people who are profoundly sceptical of government power. Their Constitution is designed more to protect the citizens from the state than to protect the citizens ...
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Are countries other than the US concerned about pronouns and how they relate to gender?

There are movements for gender-inclusive language in almost every language that has grammatical gender, though the extent and favored solutions differ in each. Wikipedia has a long document discussing ...
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Why are arrest records public in the United States?

The information isn't meant to be used against the arrested person, but rather to protect them. The arresting authority has to make public who was arrested (with information that should identify them ...
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

If I'm reading this question right, it's assuming that discrimination between a country's own citizens and foreigners is "normal", and is only asking why are not all foreigners [to be] ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

This is a Canada-specific answer, but one that is likely applicable to the US as well. Anti-discrimination laws (or more generally in Canada, human rights laws, although are some other examples of ...
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Why is Canada's bill C-16 believed to be legislating pronoun use?

There is no factual basis for the claim that incorrect pronoun use will lead to negative consequences. The bill does two things: It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes under the ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

Regarding your example of discriminating against a Jew, I think that is a uniquely bad example because there is an ambiguity in that Jews are both a religion and an ethnic group, moreover they have ...
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

Citizenship is - definitionally - preferential (or to use your term, discriminatory). The concept of "citizen" only exists in a context where there are "non-citizens". If everyone ...
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How does social inequality differ from wealth inequality? (In a society with capitalism-esque ideals)

The difference is in the class mobility offered by the systems. Being in a particular social class gives you access to that class's resources because people discriminate based on classes. In the ...
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Why is it legal to discriminate by gender when letting rooms and flats?

However, when it comes to the renting - it all magically goes away It doesn't look like it. The only case where owners are allowed to discriminate is when (source): the owner is living in the ...
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Why is Communism singled out as a totalitarian party in US immigration laws?

The restrictions you're interested in were introduced in the 1950s, during the Second Red Scare. During this period, there was growing concern that "international communism" was intent on ...
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Is there a constitutional contradiction to prohibit discrimination based on nationality while restricting voting right based on nationality?

"Nationality" is not the ethnic origin, it is largely the same as the citizenship (from the dictionary, someone who officially belongs to a particular country, a citizen of a particular ...
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Do left wing organisations fight against disenfranchisement in countries/states where disenfranchised voters typically vote for right wing parties?

Disenfranchisement is a pretty rare political tactic on either the left or the right outside the United States, which has close to the lowest voter turnout rates among places that have genuine ...
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Does the term "white privilege" apply to Eastern Europeans?

Note: I live in Romania and my answer will be quite localized "White privilege" concept is virtually unknown in Romania (never heard of it on local media, from friends, only from Politics.SE). This ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

To the excellent answers already posted here, I would add the additional historical detail from the specific US experience: Religious affiliation is theoretically voluntary and self-chosen, as you ...
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Why are arrest records public in the United States?

The main reason for public arrests records were concerns about secret police carrying out arrests for political undesirables. Famous examples include the Gestapo (Germany prior to split), the Stasi (...
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Why did Eastern EU members embrace refugees from Ukraine but not refugees from other nations?

Three answers, which apply to different degrees in different countries: Many people in these countries feel also threatened by Russia. Their reaction is not to appease Russia but to confront it, and ...
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Why are gender and race mentioned so often in politics, even though they're supposed to be irrelevant in a progressive society?

The simplest answer is that your question is not correct in fact: you do not live in a “progressive” society. are supposed to be completely irrelevant and we should Should statements are usually ...
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Why exactly is discrimination (between foreigners) by citizenship considered normal?

It is virtually universally accepted that discrimination by a variety of characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc. is not acceptable. Is it? I mean, that ...
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How does social inequality differ from wealth inequality? (In a society with capitalism-esque ideals)

Your question in the headline differs markedly from the question in the main text, which looks like an invitation to debate. Since that would be a reason to close your question, I will focus on How ...
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Why is Canada's bill C-16 believed to be legislating pronoun use?

I think anyone reading the laws the bill modifies could reasonably come to that conclusion. According to the text of the Canadian Human Rights Act: It is a discriminatory practice, directly or ...
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Are there any programs in the US to increase male participation in female-dominated jobs?

Your question is a little confusing because on one hand (title) you ask about a movement, and on the other you ask about a government program. I don't know about the latter, but there is an "...
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Has the conflict in Ukraine provoked an increase in discrimination against ethnic Russians?

Yes, basically. To exemplify with Poland, as reported in April: Over fifty cases of discrimination were reported to the Center for Monitoring Racist and Xenophobic Behavior in Warsaw, its head Konrad ...
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Why are female offenders given lesser sentences for the same crime as men?

The untested premise here is that males receive harsher sentences for these kinds of crimes than females. To address your question and provide you with references you can read, I won't cite anything ...
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