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Have Islamic prayers been introduced into Ontario public schools while Christian ones have been removed?

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 ...
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Did a survey of conservative Christians show 85% would disown their child if they turned out to be homo sapiens?

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 ...
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Did a Russian Orthodox priest sprinkle holy water on Russia's Central Bank's servers?

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/...
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Does the "Blood of Jesus on the Cross" flower only bloom during the Holy week (just before Easter)?

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/...
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Did Augustine of Hippo warn Christians to beware mathematicians?

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,...
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Do US Military personnel have to observe Ramadan while Gideon volunteers are banned from bases?

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 ...
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Did Christians kill thirty to fifty times as many people in political violence as Muslims in the 20th century?

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 ...
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Does the "Blood of Jesus on the Cross" flower only bloom during the Holy week (just before Easter)?

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 ...
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Did fewer Jews die of the Black Plague because of ritual washing?

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 ...
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Was marriage defined as "selling your daughter for three goats and a cow" in the Bible?

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 ...
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Did a Cypriot bishop claim that homosexuality is caused when parents have anal sex?

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-...
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Did Augustine of Hippo warn Christians to beware mathematicians?

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, ...
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Is it true that 4th century Christians "destroyed all they could reach of ancient learning"?

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 ...
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Were evangelicals rallied around abortion in 1978, as a substitute for segregation?

This changed, according to the podcast, because of a segregationist named Paul Weyrich, who “understood that racism - I have confirmed that Weyrich was a segregationist who did see abortion as this ...
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Has Jesus been declared the king of Poland?

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 ...
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Have one million Christians been persecuted to death or exile in Iraq by jihadis?

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 ...
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Did a Chinese ethics textbook say Jesus stoned a woman to death?

There isn't enough evidence to prove either without a physical copy I couldn't find the original book's scanned copy nor can I find any other edition of this book made by the same three people. I ...
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Did Augustine of Hippo warn Christians to beware mathematicians?

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 ...
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Was Messina destroyed by earthquake three days after local newspaper dared God to do so?

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 ...
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Did the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, wear a hijab?

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 ...
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Did the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, wear a hijab?

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 ...
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Is global persecution of Christians at historic peak?

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 ...
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Did Christians seek out martyrdom during the Roman empire?

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 ...
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Did Pope Leo X say that Christianity is a fable?

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 ...
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Did a Chinese ethics textbook say Jesus stoned a woman to death?

It seems to be a quote from Orson Scott Card's famous 1986 book "The Speaker For The Dead", one of the sequels to "Ender's Game", which was turned into a movie in 2013. I don't ...
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Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of druids and other pagans?

Well, yes and no. The earliest biographies of St. Patrick do relate how he defeated druids and magicians, sometimes in supernatural warfare. The Vita tripartita Sancti Patricii has several stories ...
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Is global persecution of Christians at historic peak?

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: ...
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Does this statue outside a school in India depict a Hindu Brahmin begging in front of Virgin Mary?

The statue does not depict a Brahmin begging in front of Mary. It depicts the story of Our Lady of Good Health, a 16th century apparition of Mary to a shepherd boy, who would have been of a lower ...
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Were evangelicals rallied around abortion in 1978, as a substitute for segregation?

A 1966 article The Law of Therapeutic Abortion: A Social Commentary on Proposed Reform in the Journal of Public Law (published by Emory law school) attempted to describe the positions of various ...
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Did fewer Jews die of the Black Plague because of ritual washing?

Compliance with rules for hygiene could not reduce mortality from plague so much - ...today it is accepted that the percentage of Jews who died in the plague was not less than the percentage of ...
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