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.

Discussion Forum

Will the next generation rewin only lost freedoms or will they win some new freedoms?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 2 Replies

A friend recently wrote me a thought-provoking discussion: ”Decades ago I read that each generation has to win its freedoms. May I, without being charged with donning rose-tinted glasses, ask if America’s next generation will rewin only lost…Continue

Tags: in, prayers, mandated, voters, rights

Suckers for Civility (Steve Shives)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 9. 9 Replies

Anyone here remember that funky old movie with Patrick Swayze, "Road House?" Swayze plays the cooler at a gin joint whose clientele are barely civilized, and he's tasked with bringing the place under control.  There's that one scene where he's…Continue

Tags: Steve Shives, civility, Road House, Donald Trump

A Humanist Statement on Separating Families at the US Border

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jun 22. 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

Tags: Trump, Donald, immigration, American Humanist

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

Tags: Congress, atheism, Congressional Freethought Caucus

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Comment by tom sarbeck on July 29, 2017 at 5:30pm
Joan, did any of your studies say distrust of unknown others is correlated with a distrust of oneself?

I ask because in politics I learned that as I became personally powerful enough to trust myself I became able to trust unknown others, not counting the known "bad guys".
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 5:23pm


Data source: Monthly measurements (average seasonal cycle removed). Credit: NOAA

Graphic: The relentless rise of carbon dioxide

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 29, 2017 at 4:57pm
First, your desire to silence Trump results from your distrust of the people who hear him.
Second, who will silence him, and how will they do it?
And third, if he were silenced, who will know how big a fool he is and vote against his GOP enablers?
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 4:55pm

tRump is dragging out nation, our culture into the sewer. Illiterate, uneducated, frustrated, angry people love his character and his remarks to the police were just plain barbarian. He will soon find that people who were cooperating with each other, start getting frustrated, start calling names, start throwing punches and others observe and take sides. Before you know it we have the Hatfields & McCoys

Given that we have a narcissistic, manipulator, exploiter, lying, personality as POTUS, what can we do?

Jeez! I don't know!

tRump supporters are not stupid. Enough of them will be negatively impacted by his behavior, perhaps they will turn away from supporting him. 

I can't imagine anyone who opposed him before will support him now. 

Perhaps we can get some clews about how to think and act from  Dr. Peter Boghossian: Changing Minds. His strategy does not work for everyone, however, it is a starting place. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 4:26pm

Thomas, are you sure you want to start banning speach? What will happen is, you and I will be ones to be banned. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 2:35pm

   Trump continues to drag America down into degrading swamp with his public speeches and I am embarrassed and disgusted that the whole world is watching this fucktard spew his shit. I think everyone now know about his recent diatribe of giving police officers the go ahead to use excessive force against people. Did Trump conveniently forget what happened in Baltimore or Cleveland and other places? Is Congress (GOP) an enabler because they wont tell him to shut the hell up.


   So my question is, since Congress (GOP) wont impeach him, can a president in office be banned from giving anymore public speeches?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 28, 2017 at 2:48pm

A good article in WAPO by Jennifer Rubin

As Trump debases the presidency, the religious right looks away

The Trump administration is a clown show — but it’s the evangelicals who supplied the tent, the red noses and the floppy shoes. Each day presents a new insult to the office of the presidency and a repudiation of civilized behavior.
. . . And if it gets worse, is there any point at which the religious might put country above tribe, morality above partisanship? No, I don’t think it will do so ever.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 27, 2017 at 12:29pm

Yet another WTF moment

Trump taps Brownback for ambassadorship focused on religious freedom

Kansas City Star


As Charles Pierce asked, But, seriously, Ambassador At Large For Religious Freedom? How is that even a job under a secular Constitution? .  .  .  Are we going to have Ambassadors to all First Amendment freedoms? Because I'd really like to be Ambassador At Large For Press Freedom. How about the whole Bill of Rights?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2017 at 2:59pm

Oh, I forgot "The Pledge of Allegiance" every morning in school.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2017 at 2:54pm

During my walks in the last few weeks, I've been struck by how many US flags are flying on many houses.  I think a lot of them started flying on the fourth of July, but are still up.  This is a Mormon town, and I suspect most of those flags are on Mormon homes.

It reminded me of how I was raised in the Moron church.  Patriotism was big.  Fly the flag on holidays.  Put your hand over your heart when the flag goes by in a parade.  Stand when you hear The Start Spangled Banner.

Then there was the 12th Article of Faith by Joseph Smith:  "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law."  Of course he often disobeyed that article, because he wanted to be the president of the US, with an eye towards being the dictator of the US, and then the world.

As I became older, I usually flew the flag on holidays, and did the other patriotic things, almost to the tune of "My country, right or wrong."  

Since paying attention to the posts on Atheist Nexus, I'm now critical of the USA.  My attitude now is  "I'll think about being patriotic, when and if the USA becomes worthy of patriotism."




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