There is a Sikh Temple in Punjab India that feeds tens of thousands of people per day for free regardless of your age, race, religion, or nationality that is solely run by volunteers. youtube.com/watch?v=qdoJr…
Christianity did not develop from Rabbinic Judaism. Instead, the two movements emerged side by side from diverse Jewish teachings in the 1st century and only began to become truly separate religions after the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
The Church of the SubGenius is a parody religion that satirises better known belief systems. Church members seek to acquire β€œSlack” through sex and avoidance of work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Judensau was the art (mainly sculptures) which Jews are shown in obscene contact with a sow (female pig). The images appeared during the 13th century and it intends to mock Judaism since the religion prohibits eating pork, considering it to be an "unclean animal". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Since religion was largely ignored in Randy Newman's childhood home, when Newman was informed that he couldn't come to a country club cotillion because he was a Jew, he had to ask his father what a "Jew" was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Eddie Vedder snuck backstage during Bad Religion's shows and ended up being a backup vocalist on their albums thebrpage.net/theanswer/?…
In 555, Chinese Emperor Wenxuan decided that Buddhism and Taoism should be merged into one religion. He had Buddhist and Taoist monks debate and declared the Buddhists victorious, ordering Taoism merged into Buddhism. Some Taoist monks refused, but after he executed 4 monks, the others submitted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Today I learned of Jean Meslier, a catholic priest and exemplary clergyman of 40 years, known for his charity work. After his death a 633 page "testament" was found in his house. In it he claims he only became a priest to please his parents, denies the existance of god and calls religion "a castle in the air" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
There is a religion called Iglesia Maradoniana that worships Diego Maradona. They have over 120,000 members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igl…
Today I learned of the Axial Age, the ~200 year period when most of Eurasia's religion and philosophy was created. Greek & Chinese philosophers, Zoroaster, Mahavira (Jainism) and Siddharta all lived/flourished between 600-400 BCE. It's unknown if this is an unlikely coincidence, or evidence of some structure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axi…
, Greg Graffin , founder, frontman and lead singer for the hardcore punk band Bad Religion obtained his PhD in zoology at Cornell University and has lectured courses in natural sciences and evolution at both UCLA and at Cornell University. news.cornell.edu/stories/…
From 1920-1989 Rangers FC had an unwritten rule which prohibited them from signing Catholic players. This was lifted when the team signed Mo Johnston in 1989. Catholic players alleged that they had to hide their religion upon signing including Gennaro Gattuso and Fernando Ricksen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Modern Turkey was founded by Ataturk, on the concept of secularism, "laiklik, derived from the French laΓ―citΓ©, an aggressive french concept of secularism meaning freedom FROM religion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Punk Rocker Gregg Graffin (Bad Religion) is also a celebrated evolutionary biologist with an extinct bird named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Sikh religion has no hierarchy, all practitioners are equal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sik…
Jiddu Krishnamurti was revered as a prophet from childhood, but during a ceremony meant to establish his messianic status to the world he shocked his followers by renouncing his "coming", dissolving their organization, repudiating organized religion, and denouncing the concept of saviors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Ramzi Yousef (the 1993 World Trade Center bomber), and Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma City bomber), all became friends in prison, and regularly discussed religion and politics until McVeigh's execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Armenia was the first state to declare Christianity as it's state religion in 301 AD. 12 years before Constantine, in 313 AD, issued the Edict of Milan and 90 years before 391 AD, when Theodosius closed the Pagan temples, thus making Christianity the only legitimate religion in the Roman Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
Around 1750, in Poland, a man named Jacob Frank gained notoriety for claiming to be the messiah of both the Jewish and Christian religions, and not only was he not declared legally insane, but he actually started accumulating a large following. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
During a 2011 census for the Czech Republic, 11,000 people listed their religion as "Knights of the Jedi" businessinsider.com/czech…
Despite Genghis Khan's reputation as a genocidal ruler, he was very tolerant of the religions of his subjects, consulting with various religious leaders. He also exempted Daoists, Buddhists, Christians and Muslims from tax duties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned of the Coconut Religion, whose founder was known as His Coconutship. He and his followers created a Coconut Kingdom and promoted an all-coconut diet. The religion's monks are allowed up to 9 wives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
There is a religion called Last Thursdayism that believes that our entire universe, with all of us and our collective memories was created just Last Thursday. last-thursday.org/
Today I learned about a legitimate religion recognized by many countries called, Flying Spaghetti Monster. Their followers are called Pastafarians. spaghettimonster.org/
Jediism is a real religion and is recognized as one under the US government. Not only that, but they actually have a philosophy that can be implemented for real-life issues. templeofthejediorder.org/
Voodoo is not witchcraft or black magic, it's an west African religion, though it has many variation in Whole America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Greg Graffin (lead vocalist of Bad Religion) has a PhD in Zoology, is an adjunct professor at Cornell, and has received awards from Harvard for his work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about the Druze, a religious group who believe that Jethro of Midian (Moses' father-in-law) is their anscestor and chief prophet. They also believe in the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras and incorporate elements of both major and minor religions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
The Aztec religion recognised four hundred rabbit gods, which were believed to meet frequently for drunken parties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
In England and Wales 390,127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as Jedi on their 2001 Census forms, surpassing Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism, and making it the fourth largest reported religion in the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
Today I learned of a sociological theory that posits most Americans are believers of a "civil religion" - which enshrines sacred symbols such as the flag, claims America's prosperity is due to divine providence, and idolizes soldiers and veterans as martyrs for a higher American purpose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Jean Meslier (1664-1729) was a French Catholic priest, actually an atheist, who left after his death an entire book criticizing religion historytoday.com/history-…
Officially recognised as a religion, & originally started as a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, Aum Shinrikyo gradually became a doomsday cult, convinced that World War3 was coming. It became increasingly violent, killing opponents, & killing 12 in a sarin attack on Tokyo underground. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
The last Salem Witch Trial actually took place as late as 1878 - it was a civil court case in which Lucretia Brown accused Daniel Spofford of using mesmeric mental powers to harm her. Both followed the Christian Science religion, which includes a belief in mesmerism. The case was dismissed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Buganda's Indigenous religion has a saying for when they pray to their gods for help β€œLubaale mbeera, nga n'embiro kw'otadde" (pray for deliverance from danger, but start running too). buganda.com/eddiini.htm
Today, March 6th, is the annual, sacred high holy day of Dudeism: The Day of the Dude. A religion inspired by "The Dude" from the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, Dudeism is a blend of Chinese Taoism, concepts from the Greek philosopher Epicurus presented in a style as personified by "The Dude." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud…
Today I learned of a non-theistic religion called the Church of Body Modification which practises piercing, scarification, plastic surgery, firewalking, corsetry and fasting in order to live a spiritually complete life wikipedia.org/wiki/Church…
Chinese folk religion has a goddess of lavatories and concubines- Zigu Shen, also called 'The Purple Lady'. She was a concubine that was killed and buried in a latrine by a jealous wife godchecker.com/chinese-my…
Today I learned of Manichaeism, a religion which thrived between the third and seventh centuries, and at its height was one of the most widespread religions in the world. Briefly the main rival to Christianity before the spread of Islam in the competition to replace classical paganism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned about "Cargo Cults", which are religions that are formed from natives seeing bases being built in their areas during WW2, after the war ended and everything was abandoned, the natives would try and replicate the soldiers during ceremonies, such as by marching, and signaling planes to land en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about Marjoe Gortner. Forced to be an evangelical preacher at a young age, he left his religion, but then returned to make some money. He eventually invited a documentary crew to follow him as he showed the β€œtricks” of his revivals. The 1972 film won an Oscar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoe
The religion of Zoroastrianism believes the otter ("water dog") is a highly sacred animal and believe in harsh punishments for those who kill them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
Isaac Hayes, one of the only famous black Scientologists, approached Scientology leader David Miscavige and asked why the religion wasn’t doing more to court black Americans. So Miscavige reached out to the Nation of Islam, and by 2010, they began promoting the benefits of Scientology. thedailybeast.com/inside-…
"Antidisestablishmentarianism" was a movement in opposition to attempts to remove the Church of England as the official state religion of the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
1991 song 'Losing My Religion' by REM isn't about a guy being separated from Higher being but simply about unrequited love. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
A pre-Spanish conquest tribe in Central America had a religion that included human sacrifice, especially of enemies captured in battle, and they also practiced ritual cannibalism. The Chorotega had books made of deerskin, where they recorded the most important aspects of their way of life. tamarindohomepage.com/TAM…
Sociologist Reuben Thomas discovered online dating makes people more likely to settle down with someone from a different race, class, religion or educational background unm.edu/~reubenjthomas/on…
The Yongle Dadian was the biggest paper encyclopedia ever, comprising 22,937 manuscript rolls, or chapters, in 11,095 volumes (only 800 chapters in 400 volumes survived), on subjects such as agriculture, literature, medicine and religion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yon…
Cartoonist, Mike Diana, whose comics often dealt with sexuality, violence and religion, was the first person in the United States to receive a criminal conviction for "Artistic Obscenity". The court also ruled that Diana was to submit to warrant-less searches, by police and the Salvation Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Dudeism is a recognized religion that was inspired by the film "the Big Lebowski". Dudeist priests are allowed to officiate weddings in some US states after an online certificate is obtained. The religion follows a "Take It Easy Manifesto". (Adult language is used on the site) dudeism.com/whatisdudeism…

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