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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 9, 2018 at 9:39pm

10 Things You May Not Know About the Puritans

They believed in fairies.

A groom put a thimble on a bride's finger. 

They were kind to scholars.

They called for the death penalty in cases of adultery.

They cut off ears of Quaker and drove red-hot pokers through their tongues.

They drank beer, brandy, wine, and gin.

None of their hats had buckles.

Children, abducted and brought up by Native Americans refused to return to their hard life with Puritans.

They named their children with moral names, i.e. Praise-God, Fear-God, If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned.

These were sincerely held religious beliefs. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2018 at 9:04pm

What about those who sincerely hold the religious belief that: God is a woman? 

Poisonous snakes can be safely handled?

Christians can cut off the hands and feet of wives and children of slaves? 

Blood transfusions are the same as drinking blood?

Husbands have the right to beat a wife with a stick if it is no wider than the thickest part of his thumb? 

Fathers have the right to kill a disobedient child? 

Native Americans have the right to use peyote? 

A man has a right to multiple wives? 

What Are ”Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs?” Nobody Really Knows.

 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 9, 2018 at 9:38am

Bert; when the SCOTUS majority put together the term “sincerely held religious belief” they fucked up.

It’s a fuckup like the Court’s 1896 “separate but equal” ruling and America’s racists pushed their advantage. Trump is now letting his allies push the same advantage.

In 1985 the SCOTUS majority fucked up when they made anal sex, legal for straight couples, illegal for gay couples. They took twenty years to repair the damage.

It’s America’s theocrats who are now pushing an advantage the SCOTUS majority gave them. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 9, 2018 at 8:03am

GOP Senators Promote Christian Theocracy With First Amendment Defense Act


March 8, 2018 by Michael Stone
Patheos

  • In fact, The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is a draconian policy advocated by conservative Christian extremists eager to install a de facto Christian theocracy. The legislation is designed to be a vehicle to allow Christian conservatives the legal ability to discriminate against those who do not share their conservative Christian values.
  • For example, FADA explicitly promotes anti-LGBT discrimination by providing special protections for people who wish to claim their religious faith prohibits them from performing certain acts, including baking a cake for a same-sex wedding, or allowing a child to be adopted by a same-sex couple.
  • In addition, FADA would allow discrimination against single mothers, unwed couples, interfaith couples, and interracial couples. In fact, the policy is so broad that one could refuse to marry two short people if their view against short people marrying is a “sincerely held religious belief.”
Comment by Patricia on March 7, 2018 at 6:16pm

Yeah, well we know what he can do with his ''love''....

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on March 7, 2018 at 6:13pm

"done with love" is a common statement for covert narcissists 

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2018 at 7:22pm

He says the tariffs are done with ''love''.....

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2018 at 7:09pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2018 at 6:57pm
According to OpenSecrets, Clinton ended up taking only about $20,000 less from oil and gas interests than her Republican opponent who claimed climate change is a Chinese hoax. What good is believing in science if you pad your pockets with donations from those actively opposed to it?


A Climate Change Litmus Test For Democrats

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Comment by Patricia on March 4, 2018 at 2:33am

Now trade wars make for a wonderful idea?!

 
 
 

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