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Legal Implications of the Jewish Ritual of Selling Chametz

Overview Judaism has a religious practice called the "sale of chametz". I have questions about the practice's legal implications within the law of the United States (or any other country). ...
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In places where religion is officially recognized, can they give any human or group of humans a copyright over religious scriptures?

EG in Jordan let's say, and you have the idea to translate the Quran into Ithkuil or Navajo or something like that, can a court actually give them copyright if by the law of Jordan, God is officially ...
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Is it legal to openly pray for divine judgment on a person, if threatening to do the actions oneself would be illegal?

It is usually illegal for Bob to say to Alice, "I'm going to kill you." That is a threat. What if Bob instead openly prays to a deity which he believes can and does answer prayers, (I don't ...
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United States residents can't preach in Canada?

I have recently been told by someone with a background working in American border patrol that if an American tells a Canadian border patrol agent they're crossing to worship, things will be fine; but ...
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Where in law are churches exempt from Form 990?

Churches enjoy non-profit status without complying with most non-profit disclosure requirements. From the IRS website: "Generally, tax-exempt organizations must file an annual information return (...
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The persons who wear face coverings, such as a niqab, is it permissible for a court to require them to not wear it during testimony?

It would help if they were lying on the stand, but more commonly, the jury or the judge who is the trier of fact and decides what weight to give testimony might benefit from being able to see facial ...
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Can one rightfully sue stack exchange for religious discrimination?

In the disciplined arena of Stack Overflow, a case has come to light where a user faced a 180-day ban for incorporating the term "B”H" at the beginning of their posts. This term, deeply ...
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If a law requiring people to worship pagan gods was passed in modern times, would it be valid (or enforceable)?

A such law would literally reinstate the pre-Christian religion of ancient times (from over 1,000 years ago or even earlier).
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Does implied consent protect an organization's ability to discipline former members?

Somewhat inspired by this question, I found this website. To summarize, they imply that they would be legally protected from civil suits from former members who are being disciplined. Would this ...
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Can a church legally initiate formal discipline against a member who has officially withdrawn/resigned from the church?

Suppose Jane is a member of a fundamentalist Evangelical church. She violates church doctrine and submits her resignation. At this point, church doctrine calls for her to be shunned by the church ...
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Is religious confession legally privileged?

I'm referring to Catholic confession to a priest. I'm sure, like attorney-client privilege, that if you disclose a future crime you are planning to commit then they can and will tell the police. I'm ...
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Is there anything in the US Constitution to prevent Georgia, USA to stop me from buying liquor before 12:30 based on religious grounds?

I, an agnostic person, was perturbed just now being told I couldn’t buy wine, the only thing I came in to buy, at 11:30AM on a Sunday in Augusta Georgia, because the law prevents them (Walmart) from ...
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Is handing out bibles near school property a 1st amendment violation?

Context: There was some random guy handing out pocket bibles on the road path leading out of the school a few weeks ago. I don't think they were on school property, but they were close if that is ...
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Are street preachers worthy of being sectioned?

Some of them are really ridiculous, like they stand on street corners where they are likely to harass the most people and often they don’t even speak the best (by which I mean the most intelligible) ...
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Religion is a "protected class" in California. Does that extend to things like homophobia/transphobia due to religion?

In California, I'm pretty sure employers aren't allowed to discriminate based on religion (e.g. you can't not hire someone just because they're Jewish). In other words, religion is a "protected ...
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Why are religious figures given the status of "legal person" in India?

In India, religious figures have been given the status of legal person, and from the case law, I've read there doesn't seem to be a clear rationale for this. Corporations and organizations are also ...
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Effect of Kennedy v Bremerton on political speech

Most media coverage of Kennedy v. Bremerton revolves around religious exercise and whether the school was hostile to it. However, the majority opinion holds that Kennedy's prayer was protected by both ...
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Can a software include a list of deities/gods?

Consider a software that allows users to create profiles that identify the user. If this software includes and allows users to choose what god/deity they believe in (or their favorite god/deity), is ...
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Legal advantages of making a nonprofit into a church?

Do churches in the US have any special legal protections beyond that which a 501(c)(3) would have? Religious organizations tend to have some immunities in the US, so I'm wondering what, if anything, ...
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In what states of the U.S., and under what conditions can a priest be compelled to testify of information a penitent disclosed to them?

If the states where it is privileged, and may not be admissible in court are fewer, which states are they? Does it matter if information disclosed during priest-penitent communications had been known ...
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Does the Satanic Temples new abortion 'ritual' allow abortions under religious freedom?

The Satanic Temple has recently announced an abortion ritual. It's clearly a parody ritual added only after abortion was made illegal, but then again the USA tends to be very generous with their ...
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Do US public school students have a First Amendment right to be able to perform sacred music?

I believe that in the US, public schools are allowed to perform music with religious texts, and that this has been upheld by the Supreme Court on the grounds that the music program is teaching music, ...
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Definition of "religious belief" under the UK Crime and Disorder Act 1998

The UK's 1998 Crime and Disorder Act defines "religious group": In this section “religious group” means a group of persons defined by reference to religious belief or lack of religious ...
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Is it unlawful discrimination to not provide faith-specific facilities?

Meet Charlie. Charlie is a devout Catholic and has a 10 hour layover in Narnia Airport. He decides that he will go and have a bit of restorative prayer at the Christian chapel provided. Now meet Dan, ...
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Is there any religious exemption to EEOC-1 reporting requirements?

I work for a church and school. We have just over 100 employees that work for a NFP integrated auxiliary of the church. The church and the auxiliary both are 501 c 3 with separate FEIN. Is the ...
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Can a Web site owner prohibit men from accessing a site for religious reasons?

Is it legal for a woman who writes a religious blog to not allow men to access the site because of a belief that women should not teach men about religion?
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How would the first constitution of India interpret hijab in the classrooms?

Recently, a court in Kerala, India, banned the hijab in classrooms, saying that the hijab is not an integral part of the religion of Islam. Therefore, theoretically, Muslims in any part of India ...
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Public Institution Food Services: Do nonreligious students without severe allergies have a right to gluten-free/kosher/halal options? (California)

To what extent may a public institution which offers meals for religious convention or for dietary restrictions (kosher/halal/gluten-free) deny other students these meal options? If a student requests ...
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Why are religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws legal?

For example, why is a cake maker allowed to refuse to serve people celebrating same sex marriage, due to personal religious beliefs? Why is this exemption allowed? Why is the government allowed to ...
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Can hospitals run by trusts discriminate based on religion in India

Suppose there's a hospital run by any trust. It gives free medicines to patients belonging to a particular religion and other patients have to pay for their medicines. However, India is a secular ...
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How is polygamy legally practiced in the United States of America [duplicate]

Let's say in this hypothetical scenario a man wanted to be married to multiple different women in the United States in the State of Tennessee. Would it be legal for the man to have a marriage license ...
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What's to stop me from declaring my work place a church to justify discriminatory hireing practices?

There are exemptions for religious institutions when it comes to hiring. They are allowed to refuse to hire someone due to their religion, sex, and presumably most other categories of people usually ...
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In the UK, can I legally request a different brand of medicine, if I cannot take the one prescribed for religious reasons?

I have been prescribed a medication by a specialist service in the NHS that does not contain a haram (religiously impermissible) excipient ingredient (i.e. non-active). When my prescription was ...
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If a bulletin posts an article that doesn't abide by fair use, who is liable?

If an article that doesn't abide by fair use is published on a bulletin, it definitely seems that the author of the article would be liable. But would the bulletin be as well? In other words, does a ...
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Can your workplace ask you personal details about your religion and sub-beliefs from religion in the US?

Not much other than the question. Can a workplace for example ask if you are Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness via survey... and then sub-questions based on your answers? I want cases ...
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"11 Bizarre Church Laws That Could Send You To Jail" - Is this legit?

I came across this article from the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/weird-church-laws_n_5398732 Is this article really true? For example, is it actually illegal to kill a housefly ...
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What constitutes a "religious belief"

Reading this article I have to wonder what "religion" all these SF police employees belong to that denies them access to the vaccine. Do they have to declare which religion they're a part of ...
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Which religions oppose vaccination, and on what grounds?

There has obviously been much discussion about (covid) vaccine mandates in the US. From my limited reading on the matter, it sounds like the federal government has empowered employers to require ...
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What are the consequences of having multiple wives as a Hindu in India?

According to the civil code for muslims in Wikipedia, it is found that a man can have multiple wives and there are certain laws for how he act in case of divorce. a Muslim man is allowed to marry up ...
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Can a lawyer question you about your religious beliefs during a trial?

Can a lawyer question you about your religious beliefs during a trial? I've heard that the U.S. census asking about your belief is illegal in the United States. It has been against the law since 1976 (...
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What would happen to the churches (physical buildings), works of art, etc. in case of a new schism?

In the recent past, in the opinion of some theologians, the German catholic church is close to a schism with the Catholic Church. Regardless of whether you agree or not, I'm interested in knowing what ...
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Is it prohibited to mock the LGBT community in France?

Recent question: Freedom of speech and blasphemy caused me to think about it and ask myself: is there any limits/prohibits for mocking in France? Is it legal to criticize the LGBT community? As we see,...
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Civil damages and reincarnation [closed]

If I reincarnate and civil damages persist, does the expected future value become infinite? Or is there a way to deal with this.
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Why aren't churches registered more massively?

When reading an article in the Huffington Post about how easy it is to register a church (as shown by John Oliver) I was wondering why the practice is not more widespread. The American IRS does not ...
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Gathering bans and Churches

With bans on gatherings due to the virus, can the government close churches or are they exempt due to seperation laws?
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Does spousal privilege extend to a suitor when CHURCH (catholic, baptist, free, et al) teachings are involved? [closed]

How can the legal system hurt one individual for following church teachings if both of them are of the same religion? In War Games the quote "The only way to win is to not play the game" (let a ...
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Do sanskrit-mottos from religious texts violate secularism in India?

In India many Government Institutions, agencies, Judicial Bodies etc use mottos from religious texts primarily Hindu texts like Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads etc. Does this violate concept of secularism ...
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Reasonable Accommodation confusion

I was looking at the following case study, and was not sure if it fell under the category of "Reasonable Accommodation" which is what I was thinking of how it could be approached: "An amusement park ...
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Does Iran allow promotion of Sunni in their country?

As far as I know Iran officially hold Twelver Shiism as the state religion. With that saying, does Iranian law prohibit people (especially in massive political/social movement) that promotes ...
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Can a religious baker refuse service to an underage couple-to-be, in accordance with his deeply-held religious beliefs?

As previously asked, bakers in certain US states can legally refuse service on the basis of sexual orientation. For the purposes of this question, assume that the state is Colorado. Child marriage is ...
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