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A legal rule, tenet, theory, or principle. A political policy.

Examples of common legal doctrines include the clean hands doctrine, the doctrine of false demonstration, and the doctrine of merger.

The Monroe Doctrine, enunciated by President James Monroe on December 2, 1823, was an American policy to consider any aggression by a European country against any western hemisphere country to be a hostile act toward the United States.

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To the contrary, the court concluded that mahr agreements are inherently suspect because "they stem from jurisdictions that do not separate church and state, and may, in fact, embed discrimination through religious doctrine." (148) The court thus worried that enforcing such agreements threatened equal-protection requirements because the process of divorce in Islamic law entails the "basic denial of due process" by granting the husband the power to unilaterally effectuate the divorce.
BEIRUT: The Nusra Front has said it was severing ties with a rebel group in Raqqa province because it failed to abide by the Al-Qaeda affiliate's religious doctrine.
"The decidedly un-Islamic introduction of female suicide bombers is hardly surprising in current terrorist groups, for they simply reinterpret and manipulate religious doctrine to legitimize acts that are strategically and militarily utilitarian.
..." Hayef retorted by saying, "it is well-known who started questioning the religious doctrine [referring to Achour].
78, 87 (1944) (avoiding the "forbidden domain" of evaluating religious doctrine); see also Richard W.
The Aal-Sauds (Aal meaning clan or household) provide the base for the Wahhabis to practice and proselytise their religious doctrine. In turn, the Wahhabis, provide the Aal-Sauds with the necessary religious sanctification as well as a proven ability to whip the masses into a religious fervour when needed.
If a candidate were to espouse establishment of religious doctrine as public policy, the media and the public would have every right to scrutinize the candidate's religious views.
As he busies himself with trivial matters like rearranging his nation's religious doctrine, appointing himself head of the Church of England, the Catholic church squirms in agony and refuses to agree to Henry's demands.
Given further that religious doctrine is both falsification-transcendent and that religious faith is likely to have beneficial psychological effects, religious doctrine can be exempt from ordinary standards of epistemic support.
The group has long challenged Darwinian theories explaining the origins of life, and the earmark was seen by some as an attempt to inject Christian religious doctrine into the classroom.
First Amendment values are plainly jeopardized when church property litigation is made to turn on the resolution by civil courts of controversies over religious doctrine and practice.
Derose is keenly aware of apocalyptic predictions in the Bible, yet in A Warning from an Angry God, he stresses that the important thing is not to obsess over when, how, or whether the world will end, but rather to focus on pleasing God and spreading good no matter what religious doctrine one follows.