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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

The Patheos blog and WKRC local12 report: The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the "Student Religious Liberties Act." Under the law, students can't be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong ...
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Was Tulsi Gabbard in a “cult”?

As late as 2015, Tulsi Gabbard considered Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa) to be her guru. Numerous people claim that Butler's group is a cult, while others say it isn't. Does the ...
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Is the pope's headgear adopted directly from a Mesopotamian hat, symbol of worshipping Dagon, as seen in his fish mouth looking mitre?

The Roman bishop of the Catholic church is often wearing a mitre. Countless sites, 'that really know the hidden truth and tell it', make the connection of 'fish mouth' and 'Dagon priest', claiming ...
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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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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 the ...
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Is this cow urine study published in NCBI valid? [duplicate]

The cow is regarded as a sacred animal in Hinduism, and as expected, there are a lot of people in India (including very prominent religious leaders and politicians) who want to show that even its ...
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Did the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, wear a hijab?

This claim (apparently) appeared on billboards in February 2018 on Interstate 55 and the Tri-State Tollway outside Chicago: (Which, yes, does not literally and explicity make the claim "the Virgin ...
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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 areas,...
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Did a survey of conservative Christians show 85% would disown their child if they turned out to be homo sapiens?

This Facebook post, attributed to the The Atheist Advocate, says: We polled over 10,000 conservative Christians "What would you do, if you discovered that your child was a homo sapien?" ...
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Was the character of Lilith written out of the Bible?

I came across Lilith in the graphic novel Lucifer, but it seems she is mentioned in Jewish mythology Babylonian Talmud among other texts. The story goes Lillith was in the original creational ...
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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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Fasting for 40 days - is it possible?

According to Deuteronomy 9:9, Moses did not eat or drink anything for 40 days. When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD ...
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Is the “Reader voices strong opinion on atheists” letter a hoax?

I've seen on Facebook the following image being shared: Letters to the Editor Reader voices strong opinion on atheists It's time to stomp out atheists in America. The majority of ...
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Does going to church add up to 3 years of life expectancy?

According to the New York Times: ONE of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious attendance — at least, ...
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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 happening....
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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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Are religious people happier?

This video discusses the idea that religious people are happier. Are there: any sources that support or contradict the claims? any scientific papers that address the issue?
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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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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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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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Are there no camels in the Qur'an?

It seems to be an often-repeated saying that "there are no camels in the Koran". But I just repeated this factoid in the presence of a guy from Syria who insisted it's not true and that there is a ...
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Has the Quran (the recitation) 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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Did Muhammad exist?

What contemporary historical records of the existence of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, exist or are known to have existed at some point?
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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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Are the Claims of Edward Carpenter (and others) historically accurate regarding the Zodiac and biblical interpretation?

In Edward Carpenter's, "Pagan & Christian Creeds : Their Origin and Meaning" one of the claims is made that the golden calf story in Exodus is allegorical due to the astrological turning of the ...
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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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Is Christianity responsible for the scientific method?

I've heard at least a few times now from apologists that Christianity is responsible for science. For some examples: From a commercial for the site, Catholics Come Home (video LINK that opens right ...
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Does prayer help to heal?

It's not hard to find claims like these in the media or on the web from time to time. Is there any scientifically verifiable evidence that prayer (in addition to appropriate medical/surgical ...
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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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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 this "The Veracity of Torah" lecture on TorahCafé), that the story of a divine ...
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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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Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?

This picture is currently being spread virally: Some Muslims were saying that this is mentioned in the Quran where it is said: He has set free the two seas meeting together. There is a barrier ...
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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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Did Pope John Paul II perform a miracle?

The catholic church has very recently beatified late Pope John Paul II. As one of the requirements for this, the church required at least one miracle attributed to the candidate. In this case, a nun ...
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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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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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Is prophet Mohammed's “Last Sermon” an accurate translation? [closed]

The poorly-cited Wikipedia article states: The Farewell Sermon (Arabic: خطبة الوداع‎, Khuṭbatu l-Wadā), also known as Muhammad's Final Sermon or The Last Sermon, was delivered by Muhammad on ...
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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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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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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 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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Do atheists have a better knowledge of religion than theists in the United States?

A Pew Survey from 2010 seems to indicate that this could be the case, with the atheist/agnostic group outscoring all others on a 32-question quiz of religious knowledge. Obviously, this lone survey ...
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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 ...