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"Terrorism has no religion." Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts?

You say these things don't happen when they do. Case in point, the notorious Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (9/11 mastermind and behind Daniel Pearl's execution) who WAS jailed in Egypt early in his life, had ...
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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 events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

A bit of background is necessary. Recently India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It allows only non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to get citizenship ...
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What is the conservative argument against modern contraception?

very few people – just 4% of all U.S. adults – think contraception is immoral. 5% Democrats and 4% of Republicans - Pew poll, September 2016. In other words, There is no conservative argument ...
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Isn't acknowledging the existence of God, as a state, a contradiction of the separation of Church and State?

No, it isn't a contradiction under US law. This has been tested in the Federal Courts, see for example O'Hair v. Blumenthal, and Aronow v. United States. The basic reasoning is summarized in this ...
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Why is China regulating religion?

I would take a somewhat less cynical view than @JamesK, who frames the matter as a Machiavellian motivated action in his answer, rather than as a legitimate ideological stance and policy with ...
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Why is the US so religious compared to other Western democracies?

While the United States doesn't have a national religion, the US has fairly deep religious liberty roots, and it has lead to a few twists and turns in the religious sentiment Religious Refugees Every ...
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Why is China regulating religion?

The Church is a source of authority other than the Communist Party of China. One of the basic principles of the PRC, even as it moves from war to peace and from Cultural Revolution to Xi Jinping ...
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Why is the US so religious compared to other Western democracies?

Answering this question properly would require a broad discussion of the religious tensions and transformations in England during the 16th and 17th centuries, starting with the English Reformation ...
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Why is China primarily targeting the Uyghurs with their internment camps?

The question you added in comments I think is more specifically interesting; We mostly know why the CCP does what it does in Xinjiang (GC Campbell comment), but following that logic, it would do the ...
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Prayer at the Presidential Inauguration

Is this customary? Yes, there is a whole wiki on it. Obama had pastor Rick Warren at his inauguration. How does this align with a secular government? Isn't it one? The government is still ...
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Prayer at the Presidential Inauguration

History Since 1933, prayer has been a consistent part of presidential inaugurations in America [Source: Newdow v Bush, Civil Action. Pg.7] . Since 1933 the President-Elect has visited a church for ...
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Why is there a significant difference between religious makeup of the legislative body and that of adult population in US?

The main reason is game-theoretical asymmetry. If you "identify" (officially, as per self-label) as a Christian - or any other religion - non-religious people would most likely not decide to avoid ...
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Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religion to the public?

Legally, no. Article VI of the Constitution specifically says no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. So the government ...
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Germany's Ladenschlussgesetz in comparison to Israel's business laws about the Sabbath

Many Germans who have friends and family really enjoy the fact that there is one "common day off" in the week which is the same for all family members. Going to church together has become rather ...
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Does the Taliban government of Afghanistan have a written legal code?

This Q is pretty narrow in its title, but then asks more generally My question is really whether it is just that - that local officials make whatever decisions they think most aligns with their ...
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Isn't acknowledging the existence of God, as a state, a contradiction of the separation of Church and State?

Disclaimer: I'm not that versed in history, so the following might have factual mistakes. To understand the source of the American separation of church and state, you'll have to take a dive into ...
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Why is Islam the fastest growing religion?

Without any stats to back my speculations, here are a few reasons why I would expect it to be that way: Stating the obvious but recent immigration to Europe included many people from countries where ...
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How does the Pope influence politics in countries where there is a separation between Church and State?

Let's assume that the United States is one of the countries where church and state are separated. Politicians can still care about papal opinion because some of their voters do. According to ...
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Isn't acknowledging the existence of God, as a state, a contradiction of the separation of Church and State?

"Separation of church and state" is not actually required by the US Constitution. Wikipedia says that the phrase "separation of church and state" was first used by Thomas Jefferson in this letter in ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

The Citizenship Act of 2019 gives refugees who have fled persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan a path to Indian citizenship, but it only applies to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, ...
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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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Can an incoming President take power slightly earlier or later to avoid conflict with a Sabbath?

There is no provision for delaying the outgoing president's departure. It would be possible for the outgoing vice president to resign and allow the incoming president to become vice president prior ...
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Isn't acknowledging the existence of God, as a state, a contradiction of the separation of Church and State?

This is a rather principialist question, and politics is a much more pragmatic field. Philosophically, yes, a State should not acknowledge a god, there are religions without gods, agnosticism and ...
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Germany's Ladenschlussgesetz in comparison to Israel's business laws about the Sabbath

I'm not familiar with Germany but there's a similar law in France, and I guess in a few other countries. The law is amended from time to time and there are quite a lot of exemptions, but the general ...
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"Terrorism has no religion." Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts?

Evidently, they do. There are a lot of Muslim countries who combat terrorism. I think Muslim governments are even more concerned with terrorism than anybody else and take very hard-line measures. ...
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