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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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A Humanist Statement on Separating Families at the US Border

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 5 Replies

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2018)—The Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association has issued the following statement:The American Humanist Association condemns in the…Continue

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Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:06pm

This is a quote from Bill Flavell from Facebook 

"CONGRATULATIONS SAUDI ARABIA?

"I would like to congratulate Saudi Arabia on a human rights breakthrough that becomes law in the Kingdom on 24 June this year. On this momentous day, for the first time since 1979, women will be permitted to drive cars and motorbikes. This comes after legislation in 2015 that permitted women to vote in national elections and to stand for election.

"Sadly, the sweet taste of these victories for women is overpowered by the bitter taste of a slew of legislation and practices that discriminate against them. Perhaps most egregious of all is the guardianship system. Women are deemed to be incompetent to manage their own affairs--in the same way that children and people suffering from dementia are not considered competent. But men are considered competent, not only to manage their own affairs but the affairs of female relatives as well.

"As a result, women must seek their male guardian's permission for many decisions that women in other countries are perfectly competent to make without male assistance. For example, a Saudi woman needs her male guardian's consent to:

- Obtain a passport

- Travel

- Open a bank account

- Buy or sell property

- Enroll for some educational courses

- Have a medical procedure (with some exceptions)

- Get married or divorced

- Swear an oath

"This is put into stark perspective when you realize that a 35-year-old female doctor may have to obtain permission from her 6-year-old brother to get married.

"Saudi has many more laws that treat women unfavorably versus men, some based upon interpretation of the Qur'an and hadiths and some having tribal and cultural origins. So yes, congratulations to Saudi Arabia for making a small step in the right direction but how about recognizing the fundamental truth that mental incompetency has to be diagnosed on an individual basis, it can affect both men and women and possession of a vagina plays no part in the assessment.

"And while you are at it, stop treating atheists as terrorists, and stop cutting off people's heads for changing their religion.

(350 words)

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 13, 2018 at 2:02pm

Given the enthusiastic support for tyranny by a GOP dominated by xians and racists, our future does seem grim.

What besides tyranny will move us to demand more democracy?

Only 18 states now have the direct initiative and I’m glad I live in one of them. In the other 32 states and in national affairs, we are the victims of the predators we elect.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2018 at 12:49pm

For anyone still wondering why conservative Christians who profess to uphold morality support tRump and the Republican Party:

Republicans Tell a Cheering Christian Right They’re “Transforming” the Courts (Right Wing Watch via Friendly Atheist)

...one of their biggest talking points was how they were appointing like-minded judges to federal courts. They stole one Supreme Court seat already, and they’re rushing to approve a number of appellate and district court judgesdespite opposition from their home state senators — who ought to disturb every liberal. These are people who will have an influence on our justice system long after Donald Trump ends his years-long temper tantrum.

Mitch McConnell... told conference attendees that [the] “single most consequential decision I’ve made in my entire political career was to not let [Barack] Obama fill that [Antonin] Scalia vacancy on the way out the door,” for which he received a thunderous ovation from the audience....

“Admirers of Justice Scalia are all over the country now and we’ve been seeing them as the president sends up circuit judges, sends up circuit judges we’ve been confirming in record numbers,” McConnell said, grinning. He added, “We are transforming the court system of this country.

The article also quoted Mike Pence, director of gaslighting Kellyanne Conway, and House majority leader Kevin McCarthy being similarly gleeful at stacking the courts.

This is why evangelical Christians don’t give a damn that this administration is tearing children away from their parents, or calling African nations “shithole countries,” or making affordable health care tougher to obtain, or refusing to provide asylum for victims of abuse, or cozying up to murderous dictators, or alienating our allies, or saying there are “very fine people” among white supremacists, or refusing to provide support for LGBTQ Americans (including in the military), or making sure guns can always get in the hands of people who shouldn’t be getting anywhere near them, or looking the other way every time he lies.... They are happy to look the other way as long as Trump nominates the judges they want. (Mostly men. Nearly all white. All hard-right conservatives.)

(Ellipses and bolding are mine. Read the whole thing.)

I'll only add that if Republicans maintained that Obama shouldn't have nominated a Supreme Court justice in his final year, claiming that the "will of the people" in the upcoming election should be respected -- they should acknowledge that the only person who should be nominating justices and judges in this administration is popular vote winner Hillary Clinton!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 7, 2018 at 1:34pm

UGH!  Did you HAVE to mention Giuliani?  I just ate lunch!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 7, 2018 at 12:47pm

Loren, thank the GOP’s leaders in Congress who said Trump will sign anything they give him.

Trump’s thoughts are of Trump. His base’s leaders hire lawyers to write the executive actions he is to take and the bills Congress is to enact into law. They then write the words Trump will say when he takes credit.

Then Rudy Giuliani surprises everyone.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 7, 2018 at 7:11am

Can it be acknowledged once and for all that Trump has NO IDEA about the long-term or non-obvious consequences of his actions.  His sole motivators appear to be what looks good on the surface and what plays to his base ... PERIOD.  Nothing else is worth his notice.

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2018 at 6:16pm



http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/macron-trudeau-meeting-g7-1.4693770...


Trump, Trudeau had a testy phone exchange over steel tariffs
U.S. president cites torching of White House during War of 1812
Kathleen Harris · CBC News · Posted: Jun 06, 2018 12:13 PM ET | Last Updated: 39 minutes ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau held a tense telephone call last month over the U.S. president's decision to slap Canada with steep tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Trump mentioned the burning of the White House during the War of 1812 during the confrontational May 25 call, which was first reported by CNN and confirmed by CBC News.
Trudeau reportedly asked Trump how tariffs could be imposed on Canada on.................

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2018 at 2:58pm

Hahahaha......

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2018 at 7:18am

Another irregularly scheduled political cartoon: (click to embiggen)

[Donald Trump] On the White House Roof: “I am all-powerful! I cannot be prosecuted! I cannot be questioned!” “I cannot be indicted! I cannot be charged!” “And not only that, but...” [jumps off, arms outstretched] “I can fly!”

(Though I would not encourage that final delusion... until it's assured that someone other than christofascist Mike Pence would take over the presidency!)

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 3, 2018 at 8:17pm

Bert, amivalence is my middle name. 

Are philosophical nihilists inclined toward activism or inactivism?

Cynics? ???

Powerless folk, definitely inactive.

 
 
 

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