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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Pennsylvania's Catholic Church Child Abuse Report: 301 Priests, 1000+ Children (CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 1 hour ago. 33 Replies

A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims. "We believe that the real…Continue

Tags: priest, Pennsylvania, child abuse, Catholic Church

Better Business Bureau Ratings Scam

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 6. 8 Replies

Another rotted capitalist icon. It seems Better Business Bureau ratings mean nothing these days.Terror Group Gets 'A'…Continue

Tags: consumer fraud, Better Business Bureau

My Concerns 2018, Public health

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 5. 3 Replies

My Concerns 2018With Earth temperature rising, sea level rising, forests drying & burning, refugees increasing, potable water decreasing, streams, river, and lakes drying, I have concerns about the health of populations around the…Continue

Tags: drying, forests, &, burning, increasing

Sessions announces new 'religious liberty task force'

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 1. 8 Replies

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced the Department of Justice's creation of a "religious liberty task force" to "help the department fully implement our religious guidance." In a speech at the Department of…Continue

Tags: FFRF, Freedom From Religion Foundation, discrimination, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions

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Comment by Joan Denoo 19 hours ago

Donald, nice to see your comment. I know you have a lot of ground for which you give careful attention. I like to hear about your neighborly activity, as well.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

Why the Catholic Church Needs to be Classified as a Cult

August 15, 2018 Patheos

Katie Paulson goes through a list of typical characteristics of cults and shows how the Catholic Church qualifies.

  • . . . The Catholic Church is a predatory and dangerous cult that needs to held accountable.
  • Catholics may bristle at my statement about the church being a cult. However, if you do any research or reading about dangerous cults, the church meets so many of the criteria. If you don’t believe me, I’ll go through a rundown of the requirements of a cult. The checklist I’m using is courtesy of Cult Recovery 101.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 "Personal attack" redirects here. For the policy on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:No personal attacks.

 Ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person"[1]), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a fallacious argumentative strategy whereby genuine discussion of the topic at hand is avoided by instead attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.[2] The terms ad mulierem[3] and ad feminam[4] have been used when the person receiving the criticism is a woman.

However, its original meaning was an argument "calculated to appeal to the person addressed more than to impartial reason".[5]

Fallacious ad hominem reasoning is categorized as an informal fallacy,[6][7][8] more precisely as a genetic fallacy, a subcategory of fallacies of irrelevance.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck yesterday

It’s ok to feel powerless, ...and to feel very pissed off about it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck yesterday

complicit, in the OED:

involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck yesterday

ad hominem, in the OED:

(of an argument or reaction) arising from or appealing to the emotions and not reason.

Comment by Donald L. Engel yesterday

I'm not hiding.  Just staying busy trying to maintain 1 1/2 acres of landscaping in this hot summer.  Plus I've been helping another guy build a pump house for a widow next door.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

>does it not also qualify as an ad hominem?

How is it an attack on the people in question? It's condemning their continued support of a corrupt institution, not their persons.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck yesterday

Postscript: Violence arises from powerlessness.

— attributed to Seneca 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck yesterday

While the remark about every practicing Catholic satisfies certain emotions related to feelings of powerlessness, does it not also qualify as an ad hominem?

—Yr goddamn Dutch Uncle whose sometimes

violent father was a practicing Catholic, made

powerless by being denied the power of

speech and by six years in an RC school.


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