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Is it true that being an atheist is viewed on the level as being a rapist in America?

In the newest episode of Q&A (which was broadcast on Monday, 29 June 2015), a theoretical physicist & cosmologist named Lawrence Krauss from America, made this statement/comment. There's ...
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Is this video of a Muslim cleric denying heliocentrism authentic? [closed]

I recently found this video, which purports to show the Muslim cleric Bandar al-Khaibari denying heliocentrism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Jp_XCvVto I am skeptical that the person depicted in ...
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Are there more Mormons in the world than Jews?

I notice on Wikipedia that it lists the total number of Jewish adherents at ~14 million, and it lists the number of adherents in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) at ...
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Have many Falun Gong practitioners forgone medical treatment and died of treatable causes as a result?

The Chinese government is notably opposed to Falun Gong. In 1999, they were quoted in the Sun Sentinel: the government charged that Falun Gong was responsible for the deaths of 1,400 people -- ...
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Is Falun Gong worse for its practitioners and society than other religions like Christianity? [closed]

EDIT: after too broad closure, split into: Is it true that Falun Gong practicioners don't go to hospital when they need it more often than non-religious people? The Chinese government has ...
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Has the documentary hypothesis become invalid? [closed]

The documentary hypothesis is a hypothesis which proposes that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) was derived from originally independent, parallel and complete narratives, which were ...
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Did Pope Gregory IX call the Holy Fire a fraud?

It is commonly claimed that Pope Gregory IX said the annual Holy Fire miracle in Jerusalem is a fake. This backed up by the Holy Fire Wikipedia page. Unfortunately, the reference for that claim ...
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Do non-religious people make more money?

Two separate people claimed in answers and comments on Do atheists commit far fewer crimes? that atheists have higher income than religious people. Sklivvz wrote about criminals in the USA: [..] ...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

Attempting to prove to me that Judaism is the only true religion, a friend of mine read to me from a book titled, The Coming Revolution, that the Zohar (a 2nd/3rd century CE commentary on the Torah ...
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Do atheists commit far fewer crimes?

According to a post by latimes.com, "How secular family values stack up": Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those ...
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Are secular/atheist adults less vengeful, nationalistic, militaristic, authoritarian and more tolerant?

From: How secular family values stack up Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more ...
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Did witchcraft testing inevitably result in death by either drowning or execution?

From a speech by Australian politician David Leyonhjelm, but I've heard it elsewhere many times: The senator borrowed other stories from history in the speech, opening with details of the old ...
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Is this 90 year old mummy “not dead, just meditating”

Here is a news headline so unusual it can't be true: Buddhists claim mummified monk is 'not dead, just meditating' Senior Buddhists say a mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week ...
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Is this list of Killings Ordered or Supported by Muhammad accurate? [closed]

I'd like to know to what extend this list is trustable: Wikiislam.net - List of Killings Ordered or Supported by Muhammad Are the sources credible and backed up with solid information? And if not, ...
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Are there officially pronounced “no-go” Islamic zones in France?

In this Hannity interview on Fox News on 9 January, 2015, American author Robert Spencer said that: So in France they have set up - the French government lists on a public web-site -751 no-go ...
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Was swastika a popular symbol among Slavs and/or Proto-Indo-Europeans?

It seems to me that many Russian nationalists and neo-paganists currently believe that swastika was a Solar symbol or a symbol of fortune in ancient Slavic folklore. There are multiple paintings by ...
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Did Saint Charbel Makhluf's body remain intact for 50 years?

Saint Charbel Makhluf, O.L.M. (or Sharbel Maklouf),[1] (Arabic: مار شربل‎, May 8, 1828 – December 24, 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon. During his life he obtained a wide ...
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Life (i.e. cells) originated from clay

It's 'revealed' in many religious scriptures that man was created from clay: Life from clay Creation from clay There is an interesting article in New Scientist titled, Clay's matchmaking could ...
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Do more “animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries” happen at Halloween?

The Daily Mail wrote that the Vatican claims that Halloween is evil and dangerous for young people and there are more animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries and thefts of sacred bones ...
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties for ...
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Did Jesus Christ exist? [duplicate]

Greek philosophers like Epicurus, Plato, Socrates all have marble bust and they existed 300 years before Jesus. How come there is no bust of this famous person? No belonging can be found. Not even an ...
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What happened to Jaco van der Westhuyzen's knee?

Reading in the South Africa newspapers about the awful church building collapse of the popular prophet T. B. Joshua in Nigeria lead me to the claims of Jaco van der Westhuyzen regarding T. B. Joshua's ...
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Did Martin Luther refer to physicians who assume diseases come from natural causes as “ignorant blockheads” (or the German equivalent)?

I found this quote, attributed to Martin Luther: Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, ...
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Are atheists more generous than Christians?

This Metro article reports: Are atheists more generous than Christians? This homeless man’s experiment seems to suggest so. Some religions may say change comes from within, but this homeless ...
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Does the Quran promote violence? [closed]

Does the Qur'an promote violence towards others, or does it promote peace? I hear a lot of people saying that it promotes peace, but this seems like wishful thinking to me (both by believers and ...
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Do people think from their heart? [closed]

We all know that the brain is in control of movement, information processing...etc. But Do people think from their heart or from their brain? To me I have always thought that it was the brain. But ...
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Is the mustard seed the smallest of seeds?

From Matthew 13:31-32, 31 He [Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the ...
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How responsible was Christianity for the Dark Ages of Western Europe? [closed]

I am well aware that during this period there were many scientific and technological achievements in many parts of the world, including the Islamic World, the Late Roman/Byzantium Empire, and the East ...
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Is Atheism growing in count? Wikipedia says its only 0.05% last decade. [closed]

Wikipedia is saying that percentage increase in atheists in last decade is only 0.05. Is this a reliable data? Is atheism stagnant?
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Do ancient Hindu texts predict the future expansion of the Sun?

This article on the Lovearth Network by Linda Johnsen, points out the correspondences between sacred Hindu texts and modern science. One particular section captured my interest greatly (emphasis ...
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Did Christians burn the Great Library of Alexandria?

The Great Library of Alexandria was one of the wonders of ancient civilisation having collected many thousands of scrolls containing knowledge and literature from across the known world. The 2009 ...
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Is Easter named after the Canaanite goddess Ishtar?

According to the Richard Dawkins Foundation: Was Ishtar's symbols anything similar to the bunny and the egg? Was Easter named after Ishtar?
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Will only 10% of the New Zealand population be religious by 2050?

I have seen this episode about religion from the documentary series "Through the Wormhole" and how it is disappearing and they say that it will have only 10% theists in New Zealand by 2050. Is this ...
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Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of druids and other pagans?

I've read that the common story about St. Patrick ridding Ireland of "snakes" is actually a reference to ridding Ireland of druids and other pagans. Some sources say that he accomplished this through ...
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Did the Zohar predict 9/11?

Several websites claim that the Zohar predicted the event of 9/11 (for example, this, this, this, and this). The following quote is from the last link: On 9-11, not only the Twin Towers of the ...
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Did Soviet miners drill a hole to Hell?

This was claimed (though referred to as a hoax by one of the characters) in a recent XKCD comic: http://www.xkcd.com/1330/ Did Soviet miners drill a hole to super-hot cavern where you could hear ...
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Is it correct that only 2% of all the humans that have ever lived, were born before the time of Jesus? [closed]

In the youtube video, "Debate: Atheist vs Christian (Christopher Hitchens vs William Lane Craig" at ~59 minutes in, William Lane Craig states, The Population Reference Bureau estimates that the ...
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Can the events of the Ramayana and Mahabharata be astronomically dated to around 7300 BCE and 5561 BCE respectively?

The Ramayana is one of Hinduism's greatest epics. Nobody appears to know with certainty when the poem was composed or when the events in it occurred. However, while some scholars claim that the events ...
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Were the Jews the first to believe in monotheism?

Wikipedia suggests that Akhenaten (who died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC) was "The first claims of global supremacy of a specific god". Monotheism - Origin and development says, In the cities of ...
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Which of these deities were believed to be born on Christmas?

I got this in my Facebook timeline today and it seems to be viral Gods born on December 25th: Happy Birthday Horus (c. 3000 BCE) Happy Birthday Osiris (c. 3000 BCE) Happy Birthday ...
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Did Muslim immigrants rape over 300 Swedish children in seven months of 2013?

From Top Conservative News: Muslim immigrants raped over 300 Swedish children in seven months of 2013 In the first seven months of 2013, over 1,000 Swedish women reported being raped by Muslim ...
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Is Halal meat healthier to consume?

Traditionally, Muslims only eat meat that has been slaughtered and prepared according to the rules of Halal. Some people claim that leads to meat that is healthier to eat. Halal for Health ...
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Is there a negative correlation between intelligence and being religious? [duplicate]

A study The relation between intelligence and religiosity: a meta-analysis and some proposed explanations indicates that there is a relationship, with an abstract: A meta-analysis of 63 studies ...
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Has Angola destroyed all its mosques and banned Islam itself?

I'm seeing a few reports, which appear to primarily stem from this report on a site called onislam.net, which claim that Angola has destroyed (or is set to destroy) all its mosques and has banned the ...
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Does the practice known as MBP cause HSV-1 in infants?

To introduce this question, there is an ongoing lawsuit in NYC about the religous practice of "metzitzah b’peh". From the city's info page about it: Health Department investigations of newborns ...
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Did the Miracle of Lanciano turn bread and wine into flesh and blood?

The story of the Miracle of Lanciano is that, in 700 AD, a monk in Lanciano reported that: During the Mass, when he said the Words of Consecration [...], with doubt in his soul, the priest saw ...
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Did an 'angel priest' pray for a Missouri woman trapped in a car crash?

From The Daily Mail: The riddle of the 'angel priest': Holy man appeared from nowhere to pray with trapped girl and rescuers in traffic accident, told them she would be OK and then vanished ...
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Is xenoglossy a scientifically verified phenomenon?

It has often been said that people can speak in languages that were not formerly known to them. Arguably the most often recited example of this is in the context of demonic possession. For example ...
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Has the text of the Quran been preserved since Muhammad?

Islamic scholars claim that Quran's preservation is the one of the most miraculous aspects of Quran. In fact, a major reason for muslims to believe in the Quran was the preservation of Quran, which is ...
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Is the story of a divine miracle at Mt. Sinai, witnessed by a national audience, unique among cultures or religions?

There is a claim, made by Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen in his books (such as Permission to Receive) and lectures (such as here), that the story of a divine miracle at Mt. Sinai (the revelation of God) ...