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Are the mathematical constants e and π encoded in the Bible?

Are the mathematical constants e and pi encoded into the Bible? Based on the provided evidence, NO. Disclaimer of bias: I consider myself a Christian who believes that the Bible is divinely inspired. ...
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Does the Talmud say, "The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts."?

This is a situation in which inadequate understanding of terminology causes confusion. In the referenced text, the Jews are called Adam, and the Gentiles are not called Adam. The Gentiles are the non-...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

No House Bill 164 or the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019" has been passed by the House and awaits on a vote by the Senate. It covers several areas guaranteeing the freedom of religious ...
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Are the mathematical constants e and π encoded in the Bible?

I've not seen anything directly addressing Vasta's claim. But this feels rather like a case of the well known phenomenon Apophenia - which is the human tendency to attribute significance to otherwise ...
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Did all of Germany's Muslim MPs vote in favor of same-sex marriage?

Yes. In 2016, there were 3 members of the Bundestag who officially stated that they are Muslim. However, a number of people did not give their religion. The German newspaper Die Welt says that there ...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

The Ohio House passed Bill 164 which says: No school district board of education, governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, governing body ...
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Must churchgoers be registered with the government in Kansas City?

The mayor's 4th order of 30 April 2020 said, in part: Religious gatherings, including but not limited to, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and wakes, of ten (10) persons inside or ten (10) ...
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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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Does the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights consider Christians a hate group "threat"?

The key word here seems to be "in essence", ie it does not literally say that. Gohmert is probably referencing this report, which points out (see also here) that "religious liberty" is often used as ...
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Muslim couple provocatively pictured on beach — true holiday photo or fake (i.e. staged/set up)?

A Google image search suggests it comes from Villa Next Door: Graduation Show 2017; Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and is part of the portfolio created by an artist, Jaimy Gail. Since it is described ...
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Is this an old church being destroyed in France?

From the link posted by @SVilcans: Fewer than 300 churches had been demolished between 1905 and 2014, the Catholic newspaper La Croix reported, out of more than 42,000 in total. From the La Croix ...
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Are the mathematical constants e and π encoded in the Bible?

Let's judge this discovery by the standards of scientific research, and note two major flaws with Vasta's thesis: He has not provided statistical analysis that supports the hypothesis that this ...
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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?

Actually the most distinctive papal headgear, the one that popes used to be drawn wearing in political cartoons to distinguish them from ordinary bishops, is what is called the papal tiara, a tall ...
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Will the new Royal Adelaide Hospital have a Muslim-only prayer room while other religions share?

No, it's not true As reported here, the new hospital does have a prayer room with washing facilities, but the prayer room isn't "exclusive" to Muslims. It merely accommodates Muslims, who ...
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Did St. Augustine say God was busy preparing hell for people who ask about what was He doing before creation?

This is part of Book 11, Chapter 12 of the Confessions of St Augustine. Augustine said he would not say this, but said that somebody else had. In one translation: Behold, I answer to him who asks,...
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Was Glyn Barrett invited to speak at a meeting for an atheist society in Cambridge?

There are two universities in Cambridge England. (My reference is only Wikipedia, but I trust this isn't a controversial fact.) Anglia Ruskin has a list of Clubs and Societies, and there is no ...
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Do certain religious traditions believe that Eve had sex with the Serpent?

Eve having Sex with the serpent This is also called the serpent seed theory. The idea is that the arch angel Samael was the serpent and used that form to have sex with Eve, which then resulted in the ...
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Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?

To answer your question, "Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?" No, the water mixes it just isn't instantaneous. Saline, temperature differences, and pollutants can ...
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Did Muhammad exist?

Reference from non Islamic sources. The 8th century Byzantine historian, Theophanes acknowledged Muhammad's (saw) existence in his "Chronicle": The Chronicle of Theophanes: Anni Mundi 6095-...
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Is this Buddha portrait genuine?

This claim is analyzed by Douglas M. Gildow in the article A True Likeness of Śākyamuni? He concludes it is of recent Indonesian origin and definitely not at the British museum. ...managed to ...
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Are 4 out of 5 people persecuted for their religion, Christians?

According to the links offered at the CitizenGo petition, this claim is being made by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “It is a fact that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the ...
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Did Christian soldiers commit the first recorded suicide bombing?

No. Wherefore it happened that one ship of the Templars, carried away by the violence of the current, was cast over near the side of the city toward the enemy, who for a longtime assailed it with ...
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Is owning a bible punishable by death in North Korea?

North Korea claims to have limited freedom of religion and has a few Christian churches. However, these are widely believed to be for show for the purposes of foreigners: Except at the handful of ...
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Is this picture from the flooded cave rescue in Thailand?

According to an Australian news site the assistant coach Ekkapol Chantawong was a novice monk who began coaching the team after leaving the monastery he had lived in since the age of twelve. The site ...
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Does Liberation Theology have its roots from the KGB and the Soviet Union?

Professor Matthew Shadle writes: Pacepa’s story also really has no explanation of how the actual theology came to be. For starters, although Gustavo Gutiérrez’s seminal work A Theology of ...
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Did Sam Harris "argued that Muslims are driven to violent actions by their violent religion"?

Of the two boldface sentences in the OP, the first represents the book rather accurately, while the second does not. With regard to the sentence "It argued that Muslims are driven to violent ...
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Did Christian soldiers commit the first recorded suicide bombing?

This depends on how you parse the words, really. Wikipedia makes a claim that it was Knights Templar in Jerusalem. There are many problems with that claim, however: It does not offer any primary ...
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Was it harder for Syrian Christians to immigrate to the US than Muslims?

The Washington Post fact checked this claim and scored in 2 (of 4) Pinocchios. While it's true that the number of Syrian Christian refugees admitted to the US is disproportionately lower, it's not ...
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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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