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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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Is it legal to display Buddhist/Hindu swastikas in Germany?

In Germany, it is illegal to publicly display Nazi symbols, including the swastika. However, the swastika (and its chiral counterpart, the sauwastika) are Buddhist and Hindu religious symbols with ...
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Legal standing of pro-LGBT decor in stores

In this question, there are several items (such as decor) mentioned and recommended towards the end of making a business appear more LGBT-friendly. However, it is my understanding that the law DOES ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

Country: US State: Michigan Example: Ann belongs to a denomination that accepts the existence of transgender people as what they claim they are. Ann starts a company that grows to over 25 employees,...
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Legal ramifications if transgender identity was recognized as a religious belief?

Transgenderism is a sincerely held personal belief, relating to how one conducts oneself. What would be the legal ramifications (US) if transgender identity was legally recognized as a religious ...
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What is a 'creed' for purposes of New York City's public accommodation anti-discrimination code?

Aside from the federal anti-discrimination law, New York City has its own more restrictive anti-discrimination laws, which seem to include more protected classes and which also seems to have a much ...
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Could the freedom to choose an Operating System be a legally enforceable basic human right?

Many employers demand that you use Microsoft's Windows or Apple's macOS if you want to work remotely from home even if they are not technical requirements. As a result this essentially amounts to ...
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Governments interfering with churches since they have tax exemptions and/or tax benefits

In most Western nations( especially with a large Christian population), there are usually tax-exemptions for churches and/or some kind of tax-deductible benefits for those who donate to churches. ...
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What is the legal role of a Christian baptism certificate?

One of our friends was required to submit her Christian baptism certificate when preparing her documents to get married in France. I'm not sure why that was required, and I'm wondering what is the ...
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My religion discourages use of direct deposit, but my state allows employers to mandate direct deposit. How should I navigate this situation? [closed]

Banking entities have been actively marketing to businesses in my state, attempting to get as many of them as possible to abandon traditional pay-stub-and-check payroll in favor of debit cards the ...
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Am I obliged to reveal my religion when exchanging the ID card in Poland?

My ID card in Poland will expire in few weeks, hence I need to apply for a new one. I want to take a photo for the new ID wearing head cover that is common in my religion. However Polish law regarding ...
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In Massachusetts, does my church need a permit in order to sacrifice animals?

I know a while back ago, the Supreme court decided that it is unconstitutional for states to make animal sacrifice illegal. Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. Hialeah, 508 U.S. 520 (1993), ...
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Do some U.S. states' constitutions interpret the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment differently?

Do some U.S. states' constitutions interpret the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment differently? If so, what do they say?
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Is it illegal to start a cult following after a specific person? (Who is unaware of it)

Evening everyone Me and a couple of friends have been joking about and making a cult out of one of our teachers at school, if the school authorities were to catch us, would we be breaking the law to ...
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Are Satanists legal in the US?

I heard that Satanists in USA are legal and are even represented in the counsil of the churches and have "study books" used in school. In Russia there is a law that acts which are done to harm ...
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Religious exemption to vaccines that relies on preservation of life

Almost every US state allows a religious exemption to vaccination requirements in schools. Some religions are opposed to vaccination as a basic principle (maybe because healing is reserved for God or ...
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Church / School / Religion / Disney! / California

I attend a public school in California, there is a voluntary field trip day, once a year, where you go to a church. In the church, they put on a Disney show, with nothing religious about it. The ...
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What is necessary for a newly formed religion to enjoy first amendment protections?

Is it possible to simply declare that you have started a new religion with arbitrary rules, and expect to enjoy all applicable first amendment protections for it? For example, if your religion just ...
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Can a religious employer prohibit public advocacy?

I work for the Roman Catholic church in the USA. I am an administrative assistant with only very rare dealings with the public. When I was hired I was told by a Human Resources representative that if ...
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Carrying a Sgian Dubh - UK

There is a LOT of conflicting information on this subject online, mostly revolving around whether or not traditional dress is "sufficient reason" to carry what is essentially a knife in public. My ...
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In the US, at what age can a child refuse to attend a religious service mandated by their parent?

If a child has determined that they don't want to attend religious services with their parent, at what age can they no longer be compelled to do so? Given: A parent is stating to their child that ...
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Is it legal to force a atheist student to read a prayer in a Church of England UK academy?

At my school, which is a Church of England academy, instead of assemblies, we do "Collective Worship" (although everyone still calls them assemblies). With whole-school assemblies, each class takes ...
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I want to leave Islam, but they would execute and kill me. What do I do?

I live in an Islamic country, but I don't want to be a Muslim. I have no choice but to claim to be a Muslim: If I leave Islam, they will execute me according to Muslim law. Where can I go to have a ...
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Has the legal status of Jesus Christ every come up in court? [closed]

This Easter weekend, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. That being said, in the public sphere, the question of whether this resurrection has actually occurred is a heated one. Life and ...
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Question about Freedom of Religion in Kentucky’s State Constitution

The Bill of Rights, Section 5, of Kentucky’s Constitution says: ”and the civil rights, privileges or capacities of no person shall be taken away, or in anywise diminished or enlarged, on account of ...
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What does “belief” mean in the context of The Equalities Act 2010?

The Equalities Act of 2010 (applicable in England, Scotland and Wales) says at Section 10 (in part): Belief means any religious or philosophical belief; and a reference to belief includes a ...
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Does a judge applying ideas of a religion to judge, violate the right of freedom of religion?

Suppose a judge applies ideas of Christiany to judge what's right or wrong about what a person did. Or a judge in a buddhist country applying ideas of what's good custom/tradition for Buddhism. Some ...
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Secular Health Care Sharing

My goal is to provide the most affordable health insurance plan or health insurance alternative for freelance workers nationwide. The Affordable Care Act made members of Health Care Sharing ...
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Can an employer require attendance at a holiday party over the employee's religious objections?

Note: This is related to the question asked at Mandatory participation in workplace holiday potluck, but the issues are not exactly the same, as in that question the issue was not religion, but just ...
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