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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Has being a clergyman or bona fide religious person been a defense to the charge of “practicing law”?

I'm wondering because here's what I am thinking. Religion is inextricably connected to whether something seems like the "right thing to do." Often, people struggle with what the "right thing to do" ...
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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 ...
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Public Schools and Religion

So today at school (I go to a public high school in Texas) a substitute teacher told a kid to stop saying Jesus Christ. I was wondering if the teacher has the authority to do this? It was clearly for ...
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Would an online employment directory for graduates of Christian Colleges be discriminatory?

I recently read an article describing an employer who was trying to recruit Christian workers because he felt they were more honest. The article claims this behavior is breaking Federal Anti-...
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Religious exemption from alcohol monopolies

Do any of the areas that have government imposed alcohol monopolies (e.g. Pennsylvania, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, The Faroe Islands, Finland, Norway, Sweden, etc.) ...
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Employer-mandated participation in self-help meetings with strong pseudo-science and religious undertones

My employer has started a 7-week series of classes, to which all employees currently on the clock are expected to attend. We are paid for the time the same as if we had been working. The self-help ...
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Can U.S. states establish state religions?

The first amendment says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the ...
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How does separation of church and state apply to the military academy choir singing Christmas carols?

During the holidays West Point military academy has a "holiday celebration", where their choir sung many traditionally secular holiday songs, sleigh bells, marshmallow world etc. However they also ...
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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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Does a conscientious objector have the same rights as someone with religious exemption?

There are several laws that allow the omission of an SSN to employers and non-governmental agencies. The general context of those laws is a religious basis. As America becomes more secular, I wonder ...
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Do they open the Bible during the court process?

Is the Bible being opened during the process in any state in USA in order to recite a quote from it or whatever? Do they swear on the open Bible or closed?
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Is the bible used by judges?

When making a decision, can a judge use the bible or must he go strictly by the statutes?
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Religious exemptions to warrant?

In the second season episode of The X-Files "Red Museum," Mulder and Scully visit the home of a devout vegetarian, Odin, who refuses then access to his house because they eat meat. They don't have ...

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