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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 Joan Denoo on Saturday. 2 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 May 17, 2018 at 1:23pm

Grinning Cat, "6,000 to 10 in favor of net neutrality should get some notice. 

Also, there are more cleaners than there are Congresspeople. We are of the sort that do not stand on protocol or sometimes even good manners. The French Revolution made a difference; so can the U.S. Revolution be heard!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 17, 2018 at 1:00pm

Joan, why do well-educated scientists surprise you with their belief in a superhuman power?

You are well-educated, but your having no evidence for the Big Bang doesn’t keep you from occasionally wandering into the delusions of Big Bang cosmology.

You and I and those scientists and Loren have compartments in our minds into which we can shovel stuff that’s not compatible with the stuff we shovel into other compartments.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 17, 2018 at 12:36pm

Worried congressmen at the steps of the Capitol Building, one saying, 'NO BIG DEAL. IT'S ONLY THE HOUSE CLEANERS', seeing ten women with mops, brooms, and a duster, the group labeled NEW CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 17, 2018 at 12:32pm

Our calls and letters are important! My congressman is Democratic; I'll still call.

Yesterday Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted that a colleague's phone calls were running 6,000 to 10 in favor of net neutrality.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2018 at 10:16pm

Grinning Cat, Called and wrote to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2018 at 9:27pm

I knew my Republican Representative would not uphold net neutralty. I called and made as strong an argument as I could. She, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, votes the party line. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 16, 2018 at 4:22pm

The Senate just voted to uphold net neutrality this afternoon, with three Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joining Democrats.

Senate Approves Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal (NPR)

The other Republicans voted to represent the interests of large internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, who'll be able to charge extra for, throttle, and even block and censor specific sites and apps, over the 86% of voters (including 82% of Republicans!) who support net neutrality.

In other words, most Republican senators are fine with this: (click to enlarge)

Now the battle moves to the House. Call and write your Representatives!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2018 at 6:55pm

"I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong."

~ George Washington - (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country' - Source: 1788, letter to Francis Van der Kamp

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2018 at 2:45pm

"Conditioned" and "desensitized!" That explains the masses, what sheds light on the well-educated scientists? These men surprise me; why did they believe in a superhuman power that interacts with Homo sapiens?

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 17, 2018 at 2:07pm

On religions teaching people to accept inconsistencies and logical fallacies, and the consequences for politics and society:

"Do you really think that “bad actors” would pass up such a golden opportunity to garner the support of millions of people who tend to move as a unit?

It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. What you’ve got here are large groups of people who have been conditioned to do as they are told, and on top of that they’ve been desensitized to logical inconsistencies so that they will never even notice (or care) if you don’t follow through with your promises...

Ultimately I believe that liberty is an essential element to human thriving. When an environment militates against free thinking and free choice, I cannot help but feel it is counterproductive...

If you can convince people things don’t have to make sense, you can make them believe virtually anything you want. And I’m not going to be okay with that."

From "How Faith Breaks Your Thinker" (Neil Carter, Godless in Dixie)

 
 
 

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