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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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 Grinning Cat on Friday

Billboard mounted on top of (Trump's) White House: 'YEP. I totally violated the OATH OF OFFICE' (Commenters: 'So much for the charges of a cover-up')

Comment by Grinning Cat on Friday

What if members of Congress looked as gerrymandered as their districts? [A congresswoman and congressman greeting each other, with grotesquely rearranged and distorted faces]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 19, 2019 at 8:19pm

While I don't normally approve of namecalling, Tom, I'm sufficiently angry and disgusted by the corporatist/theist Supreme court takeover to applaud "SCROTUS". I'm livid the way they've cast out precedent without even justification. I think shaming is legitimate protest, public display is disrespect, just as much as carrying signs and getting arrested.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2019 at 2:59pm
"confluence of two dangerous forces:
1. the rise of white supremacist terror and 2. our federal government’s inaction on commonsense gun safety.
"Members of Congress can no longer look away as communities of color and religious minorities are murdered with impunity. It is not enough for Republican leadership in Congress to offer thoughts and prayers, nor should they repeatedly blame gun violence on mental illness—an unfounded and harmful trope. We must all unite and demand accountability.”
~ Solidarity and Action Statement Against White Supremacy from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:
American Humanist Society

OK, so we stop namecalling and start:
1. increasing the awareness of the rise of white supremacist terror, and
2. activating our federal government on commonsense gun safety.
How do we do these two things?
A. Publicize every act of white supremacists without publicizing the names of the perpetrators. Use print, radio, TV, and the internet to tell the stories of those who have been victimized by white supremacists.
B. Contact our legislators, letting them know how we feel about
1. the rise of white supremacist terror and 2. need for commonsense gun safety regulations at the national level.

"* THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER reports a dramatic increase in the number of white nationalist groups in the U.S., from 100 chapters in 2017 to 148 in 2018.
*THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE reports a 182 percent increase in incidents of the distribution of white supremacist propaganda, and an increase in the number of rallies and demonstrations by white supremacy groups, from 76 in 2017 to 91 in 2018.
*THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES found the number of terrorist attacks by far-right perpetrators quadrupled in the U.S. between 2016 and 2017, and that far-right attacks in Europe rose 43 percent over the same period. Among those incidents, CSIS states, the rise of attacks by white supremacists and anti-government extremists is “of particular concern.”
~ The Facts on White Nationalism
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 18, 2019 at 6:58pm

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 on September 18, 2019 at 5:32pm

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 on September 18, 2019 at 5:26pm

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 on September 18, 2019 at 4:21pm
"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 on September 18, 2019 at 3:11pm

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 on September 18, 2019 at 12:45pm

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.




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