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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Networks are too much pro-war

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 15. 1 Reply

Enough is Enough! We have been in wars since WW II ended and they chew up lives and cultures as if they were raw meat in the middle of a pack of wolves. We could be a nation that teaches cooperation, teamwork, community action. Even our games are…Continue

Tags: teamwork, community, action., cooperation, cultures

Mike Pompeo DO NOT WANT

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jan 5. 2 Replies

Pompeo Discussed Rapture at CIAMike Pompeo seems to be associated with right wing Christian Anti-Muslim extremism.As the Senate considers…Continue

Tags: Christian Fundamentalism, Mike Pompeo

"Nothing Matters?" Think Again (Ari Melber – MSNBC)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Dec 27, 2018. 5 Replies

Donald Trump has attempted to make this the era of "nothing matters."  If shit happens, shrug it off and keep going, especially if it impacts someone else and not you, and keep leaning on those two words: NOTHING MATTERS.Well, that's not 100% right,…Continue

Tags: MSNBC, Ari Melber, nothing matters, Donald Trump

Global Tax on Fossil Fuel Needed

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bergen Woods Dec 10, 2018. 1 Reply

Ralph Regenvanu and Avinash Persaud make perfect sense, arguing that current climate risk insurance policy practices are immoral.It's time for those who caused…Continue

Tags: victimization, immorality, fossil fuel industry

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Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2018 at 6:59pm

We've actually heard more than a little about the decline in religion and particularly the evangelicals for a while, from the rise of the nones to the drop Protestant Christianity below 50% of the US population years ago.  Indeed, they themselves recognized that their potency was on the wane back in 2013, with the publishing of Pastor John S. Dickerson's book, The Great Evangelical Recession. The most that Trump and Pence can give them is a brief respite against the continuing Christian regression.

My suspicion is that Christians may finally recognize Trump for what he is and abandon him before Republicans do, which would be one hell of a note!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on December 18, 2018 at 5:11pm

@Bert.  Good point.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2018 at 5:09pm
Conservative and liberal values are both valid, but not when used as bludgeons.
Comment by Donald L. Engel on December 18, 2018 at 4:53pm

We dropped form the Republican party about 8 years ago.  

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 18, 2018 at 4:50pm

Reputable people are leaving the Republican Party too, registering as independent or 'decline to state '.

I hope they will form a Conservative Party.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2018 at 2:53pm

This may or may not be completely accurate, but nonetheless is a spot of holiday cheer.

The Twilight of American Evangelicals

December 17, 2018 by Adam Lee

Full article:  Patheos

The current political dominance of the religious right hasn’t diminished their anxiety or their rage, and the evidence suggests that they’re right to be worried. An excellent article in Newsweek concerns the past and future of American white evangelicals. Even as they bask in their short-term victories, the future is slipping away from them – and it’s happening more rapidly than they think:

. . . This sea change would have happened with or without Donald Trump, but he’s accelerated the transformation. With all his blundering, gleeful cruelty, he’s ripped off the mask and made it undeniable what white evangelical Christians stand for. I can’t put it any better than this:

    In 2016, they were a key group for Trump; the thrice-married, foul-mouthed mogul with a history of sexual assault allegations won more than 80 percent of the evangelical vote — besting even George W. Bush, a born-again Christian who spoke openly about his faith.

. . . In a grand irony, American evangelicals made a deal with the devil. Instead of trying to persuade people to convert to their beliefs voluntarily – a slow, difficult, uncertain route at best – they grasped for political power, trying to impose their beliefs on others by force. And for a while, it seemed to work. But now they’re reaping what they sowed.

. . . White evangelicals have tied their future to the political fortunes of the GOP too tightly to extricate themselves now. As society changes, they’re on a greased slide to demographic oblivion together. Despite the damage they’ve done and are still doing to America and the world, this gives atheists a reason to hope for the future.

Comment by Chris on December 17, 2018 at 7:09am

When I was in my twenties I was told I was selfish for not wanting kids.

There seemed to be something fundamentemently wrong with people  saying I was selfish for not wanting children.  I thought and still think that people who want kids are the ones who are selfish  - expecially in light of climate change and what not.

In the 1880's and what not with the conflicts in europe  many in France idn't have many babies - because they forcast wars.

Today -  or if I may in the 1980's I knew about climate change.

Why bring a baby into the world that is going to die?

Superficially - whe are all going to die.

What I find disgusting is some thing their kid will be the next saviour.

Comment by Chris on December 17, 2018 at 6:56am

Vaceccotomies and tubal ligation should be available to any who want them..

Comment by Chris on December 17, 2018 at 6:54am

Donald L. Engel

I agree there isn't enough information. regarding women, or men gaining control of another by haviing 'babies.

I never wanted babies - for the reason of controll.  Having babies isn't an accident anymore - though it seems to be used to control others.

There is something fundamentamentally wrong with that - which should be obvious.

Sex as a weapon - as you likely know rape is used a a wapon of war.

Comment by Chris on December 17, 2018 at 4:06am

Touche Joan Denoo.

Using pregnancy and children as a weapon is terrible.  I hadn't thought about it from a womens perspective.



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