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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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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Democratic National Committee Recognizes Value of "Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 4. 2 Replies

It started back in 2009, when Barack Obama made open mention of non-believers in his first inaugural address.  It got better with the establishment of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.  And now, the Democratic National Committee has issued a…Continue

Tags: resolution, Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic, DNC, Democratic National Committee

ALEC ties to White Supremacy and religious extremism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 20. 7 Replies

ALEC,or the American Legislative Exchange Council, pushes conservative legislation, and nearly a quarter of state legislators are members. Their model bills often "amount to wish lists for special interests." "Bills based on ALEC models were…Continue

Tags: religious extremism, White Supremacy, American Legislative Exchange Council

Democracy Tipping Point Passed

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 12. 13 Replies

... Lindsey Graham recently asserted that AOC and the rest of the “Squad” are communists.…Continue

Tags: Mitch McConnell, GOP encourages Russian election takeover

Read the President*'s (and others') deleted tweets

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 13. 2 Replies

In another instance of "the internet is forever", ProPublica has been hosting the Politwoops project that tracks politicians' deleted tweets,…Continue

Tags: politicians, public statements, archived, deleted, tweets

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck 10 hours ago

If you will read the ruling you will see what the Court said, not what the commenters said. Try a search on “scotus bladensburg text”.

I read it and, along with some other stuff, the Court said they have neither the people nor the knowledge redistricting requires but the states do have it.

Trump’s voters have the GOP’s senators terrified. We in the states who want our votes to count equally have to terrify some state politicians.

Name calling will fail, so stop the SCROTUS stuff.

Comment by Grinning Cat 12 hours ago

Unfortunately SCROTUS ("Supreme Court Republicans of the United States") has ruled that a 40-foot-tall cross on public land (in Bladensburg, Md.) is legal because it's historic; similar "reasoning" might well get applied to our money. Alito wrote that “established, religiously expressive monuments, symbols, and practices” should get a pass.

Comment by Grinning Cat 12 hours ago

I'll second Loren's recommendation of Kevin Kruse's book In God We Trust. As Joan said, the subtitle, How Corporate America Invented Christian America, nicely encapsulates what happened, with big business finding a convenient way to oppose worker protections and other aspects of the New Deal. The executives and their hired pastors stressed individual responsibility and individual salvation as opposed to "pagan statism".

Thanks, Joan, for the link to Dan Barker's article.

In 1955 Congress put "In God We Trust" on all currency. Before then it had appeared only sporadically, since the Civil War, on some coins. In 1956 Congress adopted the phrase as our national motto, replacing the historic and more accurate "E Pluribus Unum" ("From Many, One") chosen by Jefferson, Franklin and Adams.

The 1950s was a time of intense Cold War hysteria. "Under God" was inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. During the McCarthy era, no congressperson wanted to be seen voting against "God." When Rep. Bennett introduced the bill to put "In God We Trust" on our money, he gave the threat of "materialistic communism" as a justification.

"In God We Trust" on money is a Cold War anachronism. If there ever were any truly "unAmerican" activities, then defacing our secular currency with religious graffiti was one of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo 13 hours ago
"In God We Trust," well defined by the additional words, needs to be replaced on all currency and public documents with:

"E Pluribus Unum" ("From Many, One") chosen by Jefferson, Franklin and Adams.
Comment by Loren Miller 14 hours ago

Donald, in Kevin Kruse's book, In God We Trust: How Corporate America Created Christian America, we learn that Eisenhower was pretty much a willing tool in the effort to bring religion more to the forefront.  While I don't have the book here, I recall a passage where it was said that his first inauguration was as much religious ceremony as political or public.  That by itself is plenty of reason for concern in the current day and age.

Comment by Donald L. Engel 16 hours ago

Eisenhower was baptized into the Presbyterian church about 2 weeks after becoming president.  He almost immediately started pushing for the motto to be changed from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust".  Although I remember what was going on, I was only in high school, and wasn't paying much attention to it.

Comment by Grinning Cat 18 hours ago

I saw those at Friendly Atheist as well! ("Another KY School Found a Clever Way to Get Around the “In God We Trust” Law") Hemant Mehta's subtitle is perfect: "Republicans will be furious when they realize kids are being educated."

Three of the comments:

"I would like the sign better if it explained about e. pluribus unum and how in god we trust was the result of Cold war hysteria about the commies."

"I agree! The sign as is makes it seem like it's been appearing on money for a very long time and finally they decided to make it the motto. Simple as that. Easy peasy. No fuss, no muss. There was no information on what it replaced and how FEAR was the real reason it became the motto."

"Could use a little filling out:
... largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War while a significant portion of the population fought for the right to continue to own other human beings"

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

Then again ... here's something that showed up in at least one school in Kentucky:

As always, you can lick on the image to enlarge it.

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

I was half-tempted to put this in the Humor group, but all things considered, here may be more apropos:

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2019 at 11:36am

Freedom is not given, it is earned! I am proud of this woman from North Carolina demanding to be heard!
To have freedom, one must STOP, THINK, ACT!
It requires thinking critically, being aware, forming coalitions, acting effectively, and paying attention to outcomes.
North Carolina State Representative Deb Butler, you make history!




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