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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Will the next generation rewin only lost freedoms or will they win some new freedoms?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 1 hour ago. 3 Replies

A friend recently wrote me a thought-provoking discussion: ”Decades ago I read that each generation has to win its freedoms. May I, without being charged with donning rose-tinted glasses, ask if America’s next generation will rewin only lost…Continue

Tags: in, prayers, mandated, voters, rights

Suckers for Civility (Steve Shives)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 9. 9 Replies

Anyone here remember that funky old movie with Patrick Swayze, "Road House?" Swayze plays the cooler at a gin joint whose clientele are barely civilized, and he's tasked with bringing the place under control.  There's that one scene where he's…Continue

Tags: Steve Shives, civility, Road House, Donald Trump

A Humanist Statement on Separating Families at the US Border

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jun 22. 5 Replies

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2018)—The Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association has issued the following statement:The American Humanist Association condemns in the…Continue

Tags: Trump, Donald, immigration, American Humanist

Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

Tags: Congress, atheism, Congressional Freethought Caucus

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2018 at 2:30am

Bertold, your "Apostolic Reformists and Dominionists: Emboldened by Trump, the Dangerously Devout Prowl DC" piece gives me shivers. The end of republicanism as we hoped it would become if we don't speak out and take action, now!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 4, 2018 at 1:16am

About forty years ago I read that 16% of Americans are “hard authoritarians” and another 16% are “soft authoritarians”.


I’m inclined to believe it because I’ve seen so many conservative ballot propositions get about 32% of the vote and fail.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 3, 2018 at 1:08pm

This is, alas, nothing new, but alarming nonetheless--

Apostolic Reformists and Dominionists: Emboldened by Trump, the Dangerously Devout Prowl DC

Buzzflash

  • An influential pack of Dominionist predatory proselytizing worship wolves was howling in Trump's DC hotel February 22-24 2018; the pack's fanatical leaders believe "God sent" Trump to the White House.
  • These New Apostolic Reformists (NAR) see themselves as modern day missionaries, archaic crusaders and apostles, clamoring to spread their exclusivist and weaponized version of Christianity to the world, whether invited to or not. The radical fringe "New Apostolic Reformation" aims to create a dominating and totalitarian empire within Christendom. Al Jazeera once called NAR, "America's Own Taliban."

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on March 2, 2018 at 5:00pm

So long as both countries are not in agreement, Neither can use much force for fear the other might step in to block them.

 Trump is not in the good books of the second of two world superpowers and half the world's population. He doesn't act like he knows that.

Comment by Patricia on March 2, 2018 at 1:49pm

I also just read that scump is nuclear fascinated, & wonders why it hasn't already been used on Iraq or something.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on March 2, 2018 at 4:59am

Speaking of it being way worst than they thought it could be. Russia is upping their military might now to balance the threat that the USA poses. Good thing too because Trump makes me nervous.
We have small countries arming themselves for protection (ie North Korea) because of the covert imperial advance of the USA. Now Russia is getting nervous.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 1, 2018 at 9:19pm

Chris, as it comes to the Parkland issue, at least, I think you now have kids who have grown up under the threat of gun violence, repeatedly realized on school and college campuses, and they've finally had enough of it.  They are the ones who are facing this potential new normal and they want no part of it.

As for the general situation, before the election, you had people asking, "How bad could it get under Trump?"  Now they're getting the answer, and it's way worse than they thought it could ever be.

Comment by Chris on March 1, 2018 at 9:07pm

It seems to me that the general mood and disposiiton of the general public has become less tollerant.   Is it because of the media's potrail of the Donald Trump reality show?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2018 at 11:21pm

Grinning Cat, this young woman expresses the complexity of our current situation of those elected to represent the will of the people have forces pulling on them to serve their own interests and those of their supporters, big business, corporations, coal, oil, and gas industries. 

Our government and its bureaucracies become entangled in a cognitive dissonance situation of claiming to serve the people while using their powers to further their own concerns and those who fund their elections.  

It should not surprise us if public officials do not strive for the voice of the people and do whatever they wish, using their power and authority to enrich themselves and those closely associated with them. But what are their constituents to do when that happens?

Thomas Jefferson gave us the remedy from the beginning of our republic. 

1. petition those officials, either individually or as a group.

2. If the officials do not pay attention, then educate the people and make the power of the people felt at election time. Interested citizens should

A. form a coalition,  

B. identify the elected officials who do not perform properly,

C. make an issue of their inattention to the public will,

D. run candidates to oppose them on these issues in the next election, and

E. throw them out of office.

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

~ Thomas Jefferson to W. Smith, 1787.

Grinning Cat, you and Ruth do a beautiful job of educating the public!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 28, 2018 at 4:35pm

Our epidemic of school shootings (as if one isn't one too many!) has actually inspired a new makeup line!

 
 
 

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