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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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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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Triple Talaq Bill introduced in Indian Parliament

From an article in a leading newspaper: Mr. Shashi Tharoor said he was against triple talaq, already voided by the Supreme Court, but opposed the Bill as it conflated civil and criminal laws. How ...
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Can an employer require employees be Christian?

One of the "essential duties and requirements" for this job posting on Stack Overflow is: Maintains a personal, active relationship with Jesus Christ and is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ ...
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Can illegal aliens claim sanctuary in a church?

This tweet (as quoted in a Washington Post article), seems to suggest that illegal aliens can claim sanctuary in a church: #GuadalupeGarcia attorney says @ICEgov has lied to him and he will advise ...
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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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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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When did religious public schools become illegal?

Follow up to https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/24571/why-cant-a-local-government-run-a-religious-public-school Before the 14th amendment and it's incorporation of the establishment clause ...
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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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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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Blasphemy in the Context of Freedom of Speech

So my country is currently exhausting herself with a blasphemy case. It makes me wonder because such case in other countries (Western countries in particular) are not considered a crime because it's a ...
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Can a person legally convert to any religion including very minor religions in India or disavow all religion?

Say a person in India wants to change his religion in Government certificates like the Aadhar card (UID) to say "Pastafarianism" or "Ancient Greek Religion" (think Zeus) or "Scientology". Does the ...
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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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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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Does nationality affect punishments under the Kuwait system of justice?

I saw another American steal some expensive items in Kuwait. He was dragged away by the hisbah and some Kuwaiti national guard. I can understand some Arabic from being in Iraq and I'm pretty sure I ...
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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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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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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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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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How is Christmas' status as a federal holiday legal?

It seems the United States federal government's establishment of Christmas, a religious holiday, as a federal holiday would be illegal under the establishment clause of the First Amendment. How is it ...
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California's Leonard Law - to what extent does it apply at religious schools

Here's the full reference in the California legal code. The main section: (a) A school district operating one or more high schools, a charter school, or a private secondary school shall not make ...
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Given SCOTUS precedent, how do I legal counter specifically religious solicitation? (USA)

USA Supreme Court has ruled that politicians, religious groups, the Girl Scouts and others have a constitutional right to go door-to-door promoting their causes without first getting permission from ...
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What is the argument for the constitutional illegality of a religious travel ban?

The Trump administration's travel ban has certainly been the source of a fierce debate in and out of the courts. Whether or not the ban is good policy (I think it isn't), the question remains whether ...
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Would it be against the law/human rights for the government to monitor all mosques? (UK Law)

I am of the belief that in my country (England) the government needs to start monitoring ALL mosques on at least a biannual basis similair to the way schools are monitored by OFSTED. I believe this ...
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Is it legal to deny a priest a job because he's atheist

Hypothetically, if you had an Atheist looking to make money by becoming a priest, would the church be legally allowed to deny him the job because of his religion (or lack of), assuming he's still ...
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Why did the US Supreme Court hear this case?

An op-ed entitled A Major Church-State Ruling That Shouldn't Have Happened claims that In Trinity v. Comer, there was no remaining dispute between the actual parties As I understand it, courts ...
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What would happen to Hobby Lobby under Medicare For All?

The Hobby Lobby SCOTUS case, if I'm not mistaken, says a company can manipulate the nature of their employees' health insurance, justifying it by the idea that since they're providing it, they should ...
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What are the rules surrounding the communication of religious rites via voice amplification in England?

Is it legal in England to use voice amplification to communicate (without specific notification) religious rites (on a day significant to that group) such that it is audible to hundreds of domestic ...
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Is it legal in Denmark to deface religious scriptures?

This piece from the New York times got my attention: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/world/europe/denmark-quran-burning.html Apparently some Danish guy got convicted of burning the Quran. Q. ...
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In UK, can religious institutions discriminate against the sexual orientation of their own clergy?

There is this other question about the same subject but it is applicable to the United States. In this question I want to ask about UK employment laws. This is in consideration of the United Kingdom ...
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What the prosecutor need to proof to proof blasphemy case in Ahok case

Indonesian Christian governor are jailed for blasphemy https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/world/asia/indonesia-governor-ahok-basuki-tjahaja-purnama-blasphemy-islam.html https://translate.google.com/...
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Can religious institutions discriminate when selecting their own clergy?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to discriminate against a current employee or candidate based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, ...
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Can a community college hold commencement at a church?

The commencement ceremony at my community college is set to take place in a church. I have a meeting with a school administrator to talk about changing the venue because I want the ceremony to be in a ...
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Establishing Religious Freedom for Otherwise Illegal Worship Practices

I am interested in formalizing and seeking recognition for the religious use of psychedelic drugs in the US via an institution similar but not identical to the Santo Daime Church. To be clear, this is ...
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Is a religion that involves head hunting legal in the United States?

Say that a Dayak that still practices head hunting (Ngayau) moves to the United States and becomes a citizen. Is this person protected by freedom of religion or are they sent to jail when they kill ...
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Rabbinical courts in Israel throw people in jail?

A rabbinical court in Israel on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison a man who for years has refused to give his wife a divorce. ... In Orthodox Judaism, a marriage cannot be undone unless the ...
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What is the law regarding Christmas activities in public school systems?

Consider a scenario where a public school that set aside some time to show Christmas themed movies and for the students to exchange some gifts with each other. Is this permitted? What is the law ...
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Employer accommodations for religious holiday celebrated for cultural reasons

In the United States, employers are legally required to accommodate employees' religious beliefs and practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship. In particular, if it does not impose an ...
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Does the Icelandic government recognise ULC-officiated marriages?

Is a marriage officiated by an ordained Universal Life Church minister (and performed in the country) legally recognised in Iceland? The Wikipedia page on the ULC only lists US states and this site ...
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Converting to a minority religion in India?

What if one wanted to convert to minority religion in India. The problem is it may not have a registered religious organisation associated in India. Is religious choice in India restricted a few ...