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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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'Trump's Katrina?' No, it's much worse (Juliette Kayyem - CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 2. 5 Replies

It is a difficult task to turn the memory of Hurricane Katrina into a quaint story of well-meaning government actors unable to save a city from destruction. President Donald Trump managed to do that on Saturday morning when he essentially blamed…Continue

Tags: Juliette Kayyem, CNN, tragedy, Puerto Rico, Donald Trump

Trump, America's First White President

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 30. 1 Reply

[reposting from the group "Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture", which will be was cleared and closed October 1.]Trump, America's first white presidentSo writes…Continue

Tags: race, racism, systemic racism, endemic racism, class

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2017 at 9:25am

Patheos


Report: CIA Director Mike Pompeo Brings Christianity To Agency
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Theocracy alert: CIA Director Mike Pompeo rejects diversity and promotes conservative Christian dogma within the Central Intelligence Agency.

A new report from Foreign Policy paints a dismal portrait of the CIA under its new, Trump appointed director, Mike Pompeo. According to the report, Pompeo is working to make the agency a bastion for white, male, Christian conservatives.

The Foreign Policy report explains:

The concerns are not that Pompeo is religious but that his religious convictions are bleeding over into the CIA.

According to four sources familiar with the matter, Pompeo, who attends weekly Bible studies held in government buildings, referenced God and Christianity repeatedly in his first all-hands speech and in a recent trip report while traveling overseas.
Commenting on the report, Raw Story notes:

Insiders — many of whom are afraid to come forward — say Pompeo’s religious beliefs are becoming part of CIA dogma to the dismay of longtime employees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2017 at 5:53pm

Can you imagine taking a baby to the baptistery and indoctrinating that child with beliefs such as this? Clearly, this belief does not need to be taught to an infant expecting to get a mentally healthy adult!

Coppo di Marcovaldo. The mosaic depicting Hell in the Florence Baptistery .jpg

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2017 at 5:49pm
  • Federal Funding, Post-Harvey: Three churches are suing the federal government over ineligibility for FEMA funding, raising the question: Where should the line on church-state funding be drawn? (Emma Green)
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2017 at 5:41pm

Grinning Cat, thank you for Donald Trump is "America's first white president" Going deeper into the race situation and its impact on modern thinking or non-thinking. A learned heritage survives even the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. 

“Trump truly is something new—the first president whose entire political existence hinges on the fact of a Black president.”

"The American tragedy now being wrought is larger than most imagine and will not end with Trump. In recent times, Whiteness as an overt political tactic has been restrained by a kind of cordiality that held that its overt invocation would scare off “moderate” Whites. This has proved to be only half true at best. Trump’s legacy will be exposing the patina of decency for what it is and revealing just how much a demagogue can get away with. It does not take much to imagine another politician, wiser in the ways of Washington and better schooled in the methodology of governance—and now liberated from the pretense of antiracist civility—doing a much more effective job than Trump."

Comment by Loren Miller on September 11, 2017 at 4:08pm

We've had vouchers in Ohio for a fair while, and as far as I know, the ONLY thing they've managed to generate is controversy!  Were it up to me, I'd tell ALL the charter schools feeding off of 'em to take a long walk off a short pier!

Comment by Patricia on September 11, 2017 at 4:05pm

That's about the size of it!

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 11, 2017 at 3:36pm

POTUS’ DISASTER SURVIVAL PACK (Trump standing in floodwaters, showing the items: “BUY NOW, because every minute of my presidency is a disaster!”) INFLATABLE PODIUM: stump for tax cuts while your neighbors drown. EMERGENCY TELEVISION: tune into Fox News to hear how Trump is handling everything perfectly. HOODED PONCHO: stay dry while spreading hate. [It's white, with a Klan hood.] POTUS’ DIET COLA BUTTON: quench your thirst when there’s no potable water. MAGIC MARKER: redact any mentions of climate change. [It's on a redacted EPA report.] / JOEL OSTEEN’S PROSPERITY SURVIVAL KIT (Osteen holding paper money: “God is great! But your money’s even better!”) STAMPS AND ENVELOPES to send me money. SATELLITE PHONE AND CREDIT CARD to send me money in case the stamps and envelopes get lost or wet. HOLLOWED-OUT BIBLE to store the money you will send me. (from Daily Kos - click to enlarge)

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 10, 2017 at 11:22am

Ruth, that's a great cartoon.

Comment by tom sarbeck on September 10, 2017 at 5:32am
I'm in the Napa Valley. Across hills to the east is the occasionally-flooded Central Valley. Twenty years ago, insurance companies started refusing to insure homes on the lowest lands.

In the 1970s in Phoenix, a political ally told me a Corps of Engineers new to the state chose a house to buy, returned to his office to look at the maps, and decided not to buy in that area.

For how many decades did counties zone low land for housing? Then, its price low, builders put homes on that same land?

Who warns us that government does TO us what we will not do TO ourselves?
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 10, 2017 at 2:49am

Vouchers are essentially a con to funnel tax money into religious schools, with the side benefit of degrading public education even further.

 
 
 

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