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Poland was in the Soviet block and had lots of members of the Communist Party. At the same time most people in Poland are practicing Catholics ( more than 90%). So by the pigeon hole principle, there should have been many religious communists in Poland during the Soviet time.


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A secular state does not mean that elected representatives are not allowed to publicly follow a religion or use their religious convictions to justify decisions they make. What it actually means is: Separation of religious institutions and the state. Religious leaders do not have any legislative, executive or judicial powers just based on their religious ...


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See the Wikipedia article on "Secularlism". There are many definitions of the term. The most common meaning is institutional separation of church and state. This clearly exists to a far greater degree in the UK or US than in Iran. For many committed atheists, a country like the UK or US is not as secular as it should be for reasons you hint at in ...


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Uyghurs are a convenient scapegoat since they are mostly Muslims so they can easily tarred as terrorists and given how hard the CCP is pushing them with not just the internment camps but also the heaviest most intrusive surveillance in all of China and no doubt even more instigation many are bound to support Islamic extremists. The CCP considers everyone a ...


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Because the Uyghurs are one of the largest, non-han chinese minorities, and therefore they pose a threat to the increasingly fascistic and pro-han CCP, and coincidentally, a perfect scapegoat.


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I think the other-ness (Muslim) and Soviet-backed separatist movements play a role in why Uyghur people specifically are targeted. Though as the other answer points out, this had previously been happening with other ethnic groups (and still continues). But I wanted to make another point. There are roughly 11,191,500 Uyghur in the Xinjiang region. This is ...


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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 same in Tibet. The answer is they did! And the same Party member that was in charge of developing the surveilllance state and re-education camps in Tibet (Chen ...


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The best example I'm aware of is of former Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, and his wife, Maureen. The couple married in 1988, and both were members of the Watchtower movement. While both were excommunicated due to their political careers, there is evidence to suggest that at least Levy remained active in the church for a period of time between his ...


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Please study the history of the Hagia Sophia. It was original a Christian church, and the Orthodox Churches have voiced concerns about the recent events. In short: It's complicated. Turkey is officially a secular country, so reversing the transformation into a museum by Atatürk can be seen as another step in converting Turkey into a Muslim state.


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The most obvious objective difference is that Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992. That event was discussed in international media at the time. Now it's old news, Hagia Sofia is not. Another possible diffence is that Hagia Sofia is, in my experience, much more internationally famous. It is arguably as famous as the Taj Mahal. As far as I can tell the Babri ...


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