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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Private Jets

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Mar 12. 1 Reply

Private Jets are the paradigm of fossil fuel inequality and climate destruction.Donald Trump’s tax reform allowed individuals and companies to write off 100% of the cost of a new or used private jet against their federal taxes. For some plutocrats…Continue

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Satan is not the enemy of the people,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 27. 8 Replies

“The devil made me do it!” in the 1960s.~ Flip Wilson, Comedian.“Could it be . . . Satan?” in the 1980s.~ Dana Carver, Comedian, “Church Lady” on SNL. Child sexual predators are “tools of Satan.”~ Pope Francis.Is pope Francis joking? Child sexual…Continue

Christianity and Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo Feb 18. 0 Replies

"It was the church more than any other agency, that put in place what Weber called the preconditions of capitalism:• the rule of law and a bureaucracy for resolving disputes rationally;• a specialized and mobile labor force;• the institutional…Continue

Tags: discovery, capital, enterprise, wealth, creation

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 29, 2019 at 8:17am

Bertold, the single biggest problem with the whole gay conversion therapy business is that There Is A Demand For It, that there are ignorant, uninformed people out there who have been told that it's available, that it works, and that is is possible to turn a gay man or Lesbian woman straight.  Such information typically is going to come from fundamentalist pastors or those who actually practice these supposed therapies.  And, of course, so long as there is a demand for those dangerous techniques, someone is going to provide a supply for them.

Educating these people to the mendacity of those promoting gay conversion is going to be one hard nut to crack, but it has to be done to break the cycle.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2019 at 8:01am

Colorado’s Ban on ‘Conversion Therapy’ Won’t Stop the Catholic Church


Jan 28, 2019, 11:33am Jason Salzman

Even though they’d apparently be practicing “conversion therapy” as defined by the bill, the “healers” at Catholic churches in Denver probably wouldn’t be stopped by Colorado’s new law, even if they were to practice the program on minors. That’s because the ban would only apply to a “licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed, certified, or registered mental health care provider.”

Fenberg acknowledged the state legislation wouldn’t stop the “conversion therapy” envisioned at the Catholic churches, because the state doesn’t have a role in regulating unlicensed practitioners at “private religious institutions.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2019 at 1:08am

“Yes, Mitch. This is your fault and you are enjoying this, you corrupt, lying, selfish, self-serving, vile little man who continues to sabotage American democracy while spitting on the American people—the same people you are paid to serve. Your day will come.“ 

”T]he unnecessary shutdown was all due to Donald Trump, an illegitimate president, who failed to keep a promise to his supporters after telling them he could make Mexico pay for his ridiculous Mexican border wall.”

~ Leslie Salzillo

”'It's your fault'—Republican slams Mitch McConnell to his face, fo...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2019 at 6:51pm

”Small scale is critical to local life, to the ability of local people to control what happens where they live.”

-Paul Weyrich

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 25, 2019 at 12:46pm

ART of the DILL (Donald Trump as a pickle inside a clear canning jar labeled Don’s Shutdown Pickle)

Comment by Donald L. Engel on January 25, 2019 at 12:40pm

@Grinning cat.  Good one!!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 25, 2019 at 12:37pm

The SHUTDOWN... (Mitch McConnell as a turtle, with webbed green hands and feet, the Capitol dome as his shell; a reporter asks) “Sen. McConnell, what are you doing to re-open the government?” (Next frame: McConnell has withdrawn into his shell, which has shut with a SNAP.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2019 at 7:27pm

Lester Brown, Brown, Lester, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization., “. . . a highly readable and authoritative account of the problems we face from global warming to shrinking water resources, fisheries, forests, etc. The picture is very frightening. But the book also provides a way forward.”

—Clare Short, a review, British Member of Parliament

I like the way Lester Brown offers a diagnosis of problems, explores options, chooses and develops an action plan and evaluates its effectiveness. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 18, 2019 at 11:42pm

I mentioned this at Humanist Jews; worth a mention here too:

I just learned about Jews for a Secular Democracy, an initiative working to maintain and strengthen the separation between church and state in the US.

From their website's main page:

Key Issues We Address

Ending Government-Sanctioned Discrimination [...]

Requiring Science-Based Government Decisions [...]

Rejecting Policies Guided by Just One Religion’s Version of “Family Values.” [...]

Insisting That Youth Education Include Secular Education [...]

Their blog also looks like it has worthwhile reading, including "Why Do Religious Fundamentalists Believe That TheirReligious Culture and the Political State Are One and the Same?"

Comment by Patricia on January 18, 2019 at 2:15pm

Bumpy ride.


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