Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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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

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 23. 0 Replies

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"3:40 "I think what is really going on, what's sort of behind the insanity of this, is the very…Continue

Tags: rational, analysis, herd-emotion, mendacity, America

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:39pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:37pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:31pm

N. Korea has Nuclear Weapons

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:30pm

N. Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:28pm

N. Korea Air Power 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:21pm

N. Korea Parade 1

Comment by Loren Miller on June 13, 2018 at 4:14pm

I've said it before and will say it again, Joan: if I thought for one second that the US would seriously consider it, I would pull EVERYTHING THE US DOES out of Saudi Arabia, drop every last bit of support or trade we do with them, and sanction the daylights out of their government and leadership until they can bring themselves into the 21st century, kicking and screaming if necessary.  The ONLY reason why they get any attention at all from anyone is a three-letter monosyllable: OIL.  Without that market, the Arabian peninsula would be an uninhabited wasteland, something which their future may well hold when their tap DOES run dry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:10pm

This is my response to Bill Flavell, "CONGRATULATIONS SAUDI ARABIA?"

Allowing women to drive will lead to some changes in driving patterns. Man and women both have difficulty giving up superstitions.
The thing that will make a difference is that all women of driving age and ability must learn how to drive and pass a driving test. Those who pass have access to shopping, running errands, providing transport for their families, going to school, learning new skills, gaining confidence, learning how to manage a budget, taking part in political discussions, running for office, taking responsibility for her welfare, and standing as an equal with other women and men, able, willing, and prepared to take on the role of an adult.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:06pm

This is a quote from Bill Flavell from Facebook 


"I would like to congratulate Saudi Arabia on a human rights breakthrough that becomes law in the Kingdom on 24 June this year. On this momentous day, for the first time since 1979, women will be permitted to drive cars and motorbikes. This comes after legislation in 2015 that permitted women to vote in national elections and to stand for election.

"Sadly, the sweet taste of these victories for women is overpowered by the bitter taste of a slew of legislation and practices that discriminate against them. Perhaps most egregious of all is the guardianship system. Women are deemed to be incompetent to manage their own affairs--in the same way that children and people suffering from dementia are not considered competent. But men are considered competent, not only to manage their own affairs but the affairs of female relatives as well.

"As a result, women must seek their male guardian's permission for many decisions that women in other countries are perfectly competent to make without male assistance. For example, a Saudi woman needs her male guardian's consent to:

- Obtain a passport

- Travel

- Open a bank account

- Buy or sell property

- Enroll for some educational courses

- Have a medical procedure (with some exceptions)

- Get married or divorced

- Swear an oath

"This is put into stark perspective when you realize that a 35-year-old female doctor may have to obtain permission from her 6-year-old brother to get married.

"Saudi has many more laws that treat women unfavorably versus men, some based upon interpretation of the Qur'an and hadiths and some having tribal and cultural origins. So yes, congratulations to Saudi Arabia for making a small step in the right direction but how about recognizing the fundamental truth that mental incompetency has to be diagnosed on an individual basis, it can affect both men and women and possession of a vagina plays no part in the assessment.

"And while you are at it, stop treating atheists as terrorists, and stop cutting off people's heads for changing their religion.

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 13, 2018 at 2:02pm

Given the enthusiastic support for tyranny by a GOP dominated by xians and racists, our future does seem grim.

What besides tyranny will move us to demand more democracy?

Only 18 states now have the direct initiative and I’m glad I live in one of them. In the other 32 states and in national affairs, we are the victims of the predators we elect.


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