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Let's break the original claim down into several constituent components. Islamic prayers have now been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario. Toronto Sun, CBC News, and others have reported that some Ontario schools provide prayer space for devout Muslim children. The original claim is therefore true, although misleading. Muslim ...


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There was no poll. This was intended to be satirical, but appears to have missed its mark in many places. It was originally posted on a Facebook page for the The Atheist Advocate. In response to complaints, the poster writes: The original meme is a caricature, based on the fact that many conservative Christians think about homosexuals in a negative way. ...


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No. The photo is from a 2013 Facebook post; the author states that the pictures were taken at the 2001 opening of the Russian server/payment company Rapida. Judging from the context, the servers/switches were treated as part of a large-scale whole-office holy sprinkling. Also, I hope as hell the racks were watertight.


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No, that is a New Zealand pohutukawa (Metrosideros excels) and it blooms for Christmas, not Easter. Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosideros_excelsa http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/pohutukawa/


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You ask whether it's a reasonable interpretation of the text. Book IV of Augustine's Confessions (in Latin), which was cited in this answer, includes: Itaque illos planos, quos mathematicos vocant, plane consulere non desistebam, quod quasi nullum eis esset sacrificium, et nullae preces ad aliquem spiritum ob divinationem dirigerentur. So the text ...


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These statements were not made by Cardinal Bergoglio. A Spanish-speaking blogger identified this hoax. (via, English version) The quote above begins with: “Women are naturally inept to exercise political office..the order of nature and human activity teach us that a man is superior in the realm of politics…” [...] the quote was invented out of thin air and ...


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The original web-site provides references to both claims. From those references, we can see that the idea that the former claim is inaccurate, but the latter claims are accurate. It is not that the bibles themselves were too offensive (emphasis mine): volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally ...


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No, the figures that were used to produce this graph are inaccurate, exaggerating the ratio. The basic numbers being claimed are: Christian Europe killed 100 million in the 20th Century, consisting of: 60 million in World War II 16 million in World War I millions more in colonial wars. Muslims killed more than a 2 million people or so in political ...


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No. This flower is the flower of the Metrosideros excelsa, the tree is also called pōhutukawa tree and New Zealand Christmas tree. According to its wikipedia page the tree: The tree flowers from November to January with a peak in mid to late December (the Southern Hemisphere summer), with brilliant crimson flowers covering the tree, hence the nickname ...


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We don't have a clear idea of the date on which he was born. In fact, we don't even know the year he was born. Some historians like Robert Price even disagree on his historicity or existence. In another skeptics answer we have shown some indirect historical evidence for his existence, and to be fair, most historians agree that someone like him existed (from ...


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The claim is essentially correct -- tens of millions of Orthodox Christians died of political violence in the 20th century. However, everything that Mr. Serfes tries to imply by making that claim is basically wrong. Complications First, it's hard to be more precise about the claim because Mr. Serfes' essay loaded with so much hyperbole that his claim is ...


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So, the JewishHistory.org website touts the hygiene of the ghettos in this way: The sanitary conditions in the Jewish neighborhood, primitive as it may be by today’s standards, was [sic] always far superior to the general sanitary conditions. However, when I started digging into the citations given by Anna Foa for her claim, I soon bumped into this: ...


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In the past, if a male wanted to marry a female, he'd transfer property, animals or goods to her father. The idea is of giving something valuable in return of a marriage; marriage was just a business deal about trading girls and money. This is called dowry (1) and it is well evidenced in the bible, for example: Genesis 34:12: "Ask me ever so much ...


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The claim is true (that he said it, not what he said) Here is a link from a Greek news website with the video and a full quote https://www.in.gr/2019/07/26/greece/mitropolitis-oi-gay-genniountai-apo-ton-proktiko-erota-straight-zeygariou/ «Οι gay γεννιούνται κατά την ώρα του πρωκτικού έρωτα ενός straight ζευγαριού, και μόνο αν αρέσει στη γυναίκα. Τότε, ...


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See Book IV of Augustine's Confessions (Project Gutenberg link). This translation is credited to E. B. Pusey. I remember also, that when I had settled to enter the lists for a theatrical prize, some wizard asked me what I would give him to win; but I, detesting and abhorring such foul mysteries, answered, "Though the garland were of imperishable ...


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The author is repeating an old, hoary chestnut from the days of Edward Gibbon about a sudden decline in Roman prosperity after the conversion of the Empire to Christianity. This is basically a false rumor which seemed believable in Gibbon's Age of Enlightenment, but he had to work hard to present any supporting evidence for it, including fabricating the myth ...


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Before we get started, it's worth observing that the appearance of a date on a poster inside an episode of The Simpsons can hardly be taken as an assertion of historical fact. The show is known for being provocative and including parodies of reality. Bart Simpson should hardly be our go-to expert on history1 even though it turns out this instance wasn't just ...


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I think the "...in the Colosseum" part is crucial to the claim. Tacitus' description of Nero's persecution of Christians says: And perishing [Christians] were additionally made into sports: they were killed by dogs by having the hides of beasts attached to them, or they were nailed to crosses or set aflame, and, when the daylight passed away, they were ...


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TL;DR: probably not, but we can't really tell for sure Prologue: This is a hard question, and unanswerable at this point This is a problematic question to answer. It's a very hard question to answer, even if the relics were given for scientific examination, which doesn't happen. More over, the answer to this question relies on the answers to several other ...


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Snopes just did this, they found it to be FALSE. "This quote about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's stating that "Women are naturally unfit for political office" was circulated in the immediate aftermath of his selection as pope in March 2013 and was supposedly voiced by him in 2007 in reference to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's successful ...


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TL;DR: It was a bill in parliament in 2006. It didn't have a lot of support (10%) and opposition from Episcopate. In 2016, there was a religious ceremony (in which MPs and President were participating), but there's a big uncertainty over exactly what the legality of it is (as opposed to merely spirituality). There was no parlamentary vote I could find ...


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The claim which is the subject of the OP justifies/calculates its own numbers by saying, When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In 2003? Wikipedia's Christianity in Iraq ...


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I'll add some more evidence to the other answers, here's what I found. From a scholarly point of view, there seem little doubt that he meant astrologers, who at the time were called mathematici or genethliaci: this is clearly seen in a different book by Augustine, De Doctrina Christiana. Here's an extract from the English version available from the site of ...


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From the 30 April 1910 "The Young Lutheran's Companion" of Rock Island Illinois (formerly the Augustana Journal) at page 2: The comic paper "Il Telefono", published in Messina and possessing a very vulgar anti-religious character, contained in its Christmas number a satirical poem on "The Little Child Jesus". One of the stanzas freely translated is as ...


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So, after a bit of poking around, the only consistent references appear to be biblical, which isn't necessarily disqualifying, but does lend a little less support to the evidence. Garb for Israelite women (one of which Mary, had she existed, would have been) apparently included the mițpaḥațh, a neckcloth-style head covering, "was a neckcloth ... [reaching] ...


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There cannot be any direct evidence, as far as we know. And the authors of the billboard know surely less than that. But the circumstantial evidence reveals some interesting tidbits. These make the claim that a Judean or Galilean women around the year 1 wore a hijab or any kind of veil highly unlikely: Judean women were clearly interested in the arts of ...


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Martyrs were honoured from earliest times, and Christian tradition certainly says that some notable Christians sought out and hoped for martyrdom. While some of these tales seem fanciful, no doubt others did seek out the honour of martyrdom and the glory they hoped for in the next life. Alvar Ellegard says, in Jesus One Hundred Years Before Christ, page 202,...


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Catholic News Agency is reporting quotes from a document correctly, yet the evidence the document presents does not support these conclusion and it's otherwise unconvincing. The news piece cites this report and uses quotation marks for the claim. In fact the report claims the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history. Not ...


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Referring to Roger Pearse, this quote was sourced from a satirical work of John Bale which was written with a "historical" format entitled 'The Pageant of Popes'. The earliest known source of this statement is actually a polemical work by the Protestant John Bale, the anti-Catholic Acta Romanorum Pontificum, which was first translated from Latin into ...


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No. Christians are being killed on account of their religion at a rate of about 90,000 per year. However, this is not a maximum. As explained in Wikipedia's persecution of Christians article: Between 1915 and 1921 the Ottoman Empire conducted a series of massacres against ancient indigenous Christian populations of what is today western and ...


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