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Is this picture from the flooded cave rescue in Thailand?

I came across the following post on Facebook (original text is on Portuguese, translation and emphasis by me): BOYS MEDITATING WHILE WAIT FOR RESCUE INSIDE CAVE IN THAILAND The former Buddhist ...
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Will the new Royal Adelaide Hospital have a Muslim-only prayer room while other religions share?

This meme is making the rounds: The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will have an exclusive Muslim prayer room, while all other religions will have to use a common area. Share if you think this is ...
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Is “Islamic fasting” healthy?

I live in a mostly Muslim country (Morocco). Now we are in the month of Ramadan. First, I had to define Ramadan: Is 30 days (or 29) where practicing Muslims can neither eat or drink or having sex, ...
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Did Theodor Herzl adhere to Spinozism?

The following are found among a list of Theodor Herzl quotes on the Web site of the World Zionist Organisation: When I say God I do not mean to offend the freethinkers. For my part they can say ...
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Was Theodor Herzl a self-confessed atheist? [closed]

I'm watching a Youtube video that explains the Israel-Palestine situation, and at this point the journalist/narrator says that Theodor Herzl, known as the father of Zionism or at least a chief ...
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Did Abraham Isaac Kook say that Gentiles have different souls than Jews?

Wikipedia claims that a Jewish yeshiva teaches that Jews have different souls than Gentiles. To support the claim, wikipedia says that one of their teachers quoted Abraham Isaac Kook as following: ...
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Are 4 out of 5 people persecuted for their religion, Christians?

A CitizenGo petition for aiding persecuted Christians claims that Christians are the most persecuted people in the world, with 4 out of 5 persecuted people identifying as Christians Are there ...
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Is there historical evidence for Christ's resurrection? [duplicate]

Numerous Christian sources claim that the raising from dead by Jesus Christ is “historically proven”. A claim that is formed this way clearly goes beyond the scope of faith alone. Therefore I believe ...
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Marriage never mentioned at UN world conference on family?

The Mormon church claims, They had a world conference on the family sponsored by the United Nations in Beijing, China. We sent representatives. It was not pleasant what they heard. They called ...
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Was Jan Dzierżoń harassed for his work on parthenogenesis?

Rev. Jan Dzierżoń was a roman-catholic priest from Silesia, that did some important contributions to biology and beekeeping with his research. I.a. he is crediting with the discovery, that drones are ...
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Did all of Germany's Muslim MPs vote in favor of same-sex marriage?

I saw the following claim on The Independent's web-site: All six of Germany's Muslim members of parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage as Angela Merkel faced criticism for opposing the ...
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Is there an (official) explanation for the Gotthard Base Tunnel Opening Ceremony other than “Satanic ritual”? [closed]

On June the 1st 2016 there was an opening ceremony for the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the Swiss Alps (which is currently the longest in the world). The ceremony featured complex imagery which was ...
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Are half of the donations to Democratic Party from Jewish sources?

I've encountered this claim in a number of sources, both respectable and not, but ultimately seems to stem from an article in Jerusalem Post attributing it to Gil Troy: The reason for such intense ...
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Do certain religious traditions believe that Eve had sex with the Serpent?

On p.169 of my edition of de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, she includes a footnote remarking The moon is a source of fertility; it is seen as the "master of women"; it is often believed that the moon, ...
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Is this an old church being destroyed in France?

I saw this video on Facebook this morning: 2800 churches could be destroyed in France in the next 10 years according to current trends. Catholicism is weakened from inside and outside, ...
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Does the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights consider Christians a hate group “threat”?

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called in to Glenn Beck's radio show, and made this claim, among others: [T]he U.S Commission on Civil Rights says that Christians are the biggest hate group threat in ...
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Does the Talmud say, “The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts.”?

According to the Radioislam.org (pro-Palestinian site) page Jewish Racism towards Non-Jews as expressed in the Talmud, the Talmud contains the following verse: "The Jews are called human beings, ...
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Do 75% of new Muslim converts in the US leave Islam within a few years?

From the Islam-critical site WikiIslam: However, most individuals who convert rarely choose to study Islam objectively before making such an important decision. Instead they choose to be taken in ...
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Do more than half of Ontario residents believe that “mainstream” Islamic doctrines promote violence?

In its article about the recent shootings in Quebec City, the New York Times reported that: A survey in Ontario last summer found that while there was widespread support for accepting the refugees, ...
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Was it harder for Syrian Christians to immigrate to the US than Muslims?

As a justification for his intention to prioritise Christian refugees over Muslim refugees, President Trump said: Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough,...
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Is this Buddha portrait genuine?

Is this actually a portrait of Buddha, drawn by one of his disciples? Here is a link saying: One of Buddha's disciple draw it secretly, while Buddha was teaching. Yes, Sakyamuni Buddha is ...
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Was a “new world religion” memorandum signed in Strasbourg in June 2014?

There is a document which is shared on the internet these days. I saw it in Romanian language and then searching a bit, I found it in English as well: it refers to a "memorandum" signed in Strasbourg ...
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Is Muhammad (pbuh) mentioned only four times in the Quran and in three of those instances could be used as a title the praised one or chosen one? [closed]

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/36111/32459 says: The name Muhammad actually appears in the Qur'an only four times, and in three of those instances it could be used as a title – the "praised ...
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Does Maryam Namazie identify as a Muslim?

In 2013, an article in The Guardian described Maryam Namazie as a Muslim: ... it is clear that these appeasers have much to learn from Muslim women such as Sara Khan, Maryam Namazie ... In 2015, ...
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Are the letters claimed to be sent by Muhammad authentic?

There are several manuscripts claimed to be letters sent by the Islamic prophet Muhammad to various rulers. In this video series, a YouTube user claims that scientific evidence supports that they are ...
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Did Omar Khayyam say this about religion?

Atheistrepublic.com made the following meme which claims: lf instead of studying religion, men would have devoted to develop mathematics - algebra. lf logic of science would have occupied ...
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Did Krishna live?

Rudolf Otto claimed: That Krishna himself was a historical figure is indeed quite indubitable. [Source] Despite this, much of modern Western discourse ignores (or displays skepticism towards) a ...
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Is the swastika over 11000 years old?

The Wikipedia entry on the swastika says: It is considered to be a sacred and auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism and dates back at least 11,000 years. The source cited for the ...
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Does Liberation Theology have its roots from the KGB and the Soviet Union?

Trinity Church was affiliated and steeped in Liberation Theology. Recent reports (below) indicate that this philosophy was founded in the USSR as a Cold War plot to help undermine America, based on ...
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Did Sam Harris “argued that Muslims are driven to violent actions by their violent religion”?

This report says: In 2004 Sam Harris published his bestselling book “The End of Faith”. In the aftermath of 9/11, the declaration of the War on Terror and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, ...
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How do I refute skepticism towards radiometric/carbon dating? [closed]

A frequent criticism I hear among creationists is that the methodology of radiometric dating is flawed because tests show different dates (and by their logic, might as well throw out all the results.) ...
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Was the Pentateuch dated back to the second millenium B.C.E?

This source claims, and walks through proof, that the 5 Books of Moses (Pentateuch) date all the way back to at least the era of Joshua ~1200 years B.C.E. Is this really true?
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Did Christian soldiers commit the first recorded suicide bombing?

According to this Sky News article: The first recorded suicide bombing came from Christian soldiers during the Crusades to free The Holy City of Jerusalem from the control of Muslim armies. ...
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Do religious people score more favorably on most common social indicators than the non-religious? [closed]

In the Age of Em, Robin Hanson claims that "...religious people tend to be happier, healthier, and more productive. They live longer, smoke less, exercise more, earn more, get and stay married more, ...
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Uniqueness of the Bible's Exodus Narrative [closed]

In Deuteronomy(4:32-34), two claims are made in reassuring Israel that God has not abandoned them. The reader is tasked with searching from one end of the heavens to the other to see if a God ever ...
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Did fewer Jews die of the Black Plague because of ritual washing?

I've frequently heard the claim that fewer Jews died of the Bubonic Plague than their Christian neighbors in the Middle Ages because Jews took regular ritual baths (mikva) and ritually washed hands ...
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Do 42% of young muslims in France support suicide bombings?

In this youtube video, in the minute 2:20, the narrator gives some absurd-sounding statistics. After claiming that "21% of syrian migrants support ISIS", he says that "22% of young muslim migrants ...
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Was there a molecular test of Lanciano and Buenos Aires Eucharistic miracles?

Some roman catholic sources like this March 2012 US Roman Catholic Journal article This Is My Body–This Is My Blood claim there was an investigation performed about the eucharistic miracles in ...
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Is “No Religion” world's fastest growing religion?

This recent article from anonhq.com has been widely shared on Facebook. It claims: A recent global survey conducted by National Geographic shows that the worlds fastest growing religion is not ...
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Did people blaspheme deliberately to be tried in the Medieval European Inquisition courts instead of other secular courts?

On the Wikipedia page about "Criticism of the Catholic Church", there was recently (though removed by an editor since this question was asked) a little paragraph about the Medieval European ...
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Does Michio Kaku claim he has found proof of God's existence?

This Geophilosophical Association of Anthropological and Cultural Studies article claims that Michio Kaku, a renowned theoretical physicist and science populariser, has found definitive proof that God ...
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Can Black Seed Cure Any Disease? [duplicate]

Nigella sativa is known as black seed. Islamic tradition suggests it is a universal cure. For example, Bukhaari recorded in the Ninth Century that Muhammad is said to have claimed : “This black ...
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Was Glyn Barrett invited to speak at a meeting for an atheist society in Cambridge?

I saw a video on Facebook, linked from God TV, (both now removed but available here) where Pastor Glyn Barrett of !Audacious Church, in Manchester UK said he was invited to debate at a meeting of the "...
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Is owning a bible punishable by death in North Korea?

This article claims that people may be killed for owning a bible. How true is it?
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Did St. Augustine say God was busy preparing hell for people who ask about what was He doing before creation?

Referring to this quote: He was busy creating hell for people who ask such questions. -- St. Augustine(in reply to "What was God doing before creation?") Did St. Augustine actually say that?
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Was Sun's distance mentioned correctly in “Hanuman Chalisa”, the 16 th century poem?

I found many sites stating that the Sun's distance was mentioned accurately in the "Hanuman Chalisa" hymn written in the 16th century. Even Wikipedia has a mention of this. juga sahasra jojana ...
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Are the outcomes of evolution too improbable to have occurred in the Earth's lifetime?

Creationist site Creation.som cites a commenter who complains that biologists ignore his arguments: Then I try and help [evolutionists] understand the mathematics and logistics of creation and ...
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Minorities and Prejudice. [closed]

I watched an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher Show and made me wondering: If you are majority (race, gender, caste or whatever) you always have to watch what you say about minorities otherwise ...
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Are there more pedophiles in the Catholic Church than other religions, or professions [closed]

Are there more pedophiles per capita in the Catholic Church than other religions, or in other professions in general? If so, what is the evidence. This seems like a very difficult thing to really know ...
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Does the tradition of Sabbath originate from the Babylonian rest day Sapattu?

It is often claimed that the tradition of Sabbath has its origin in ancient Babylon. The Babylonian restdays are named 'Sapattu' and there are several other similarities (including the linkage to the ...