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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'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 Grinning Cat on October 6, 2017 at 3:10pm

In response to the "Family" "Research" Council asking for reports of religious discrimination ("FRC Launches Snitchline To Report On LGBT Americans Who Flagrantly Have Civil Rights At The Workplace", Joe.My.God.):

"Dear FRC,

Please help me, I am a federal contractor and I got fired for my faith, my fellow employees got upset because I was preaching the truth to them. They seemed to not like me telling them the righteousness of the Church of Satan

I cannot afford a lawyer can you provide me one for free?"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 6, 2017 at 2:30pm

Sessions issues religious liberty guidance to federal agencies

The Hill

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued legal guidance Friday directing federal agencies on how to protect religious liberty in employment, contracting and programming as they execute federal laws.
  • The guidance follows President Trump’s May 4 executive order directing the agencies to respect and protect religious liberty and political speech, made by both individuals and organizations.
  • The 25-page memo maps out 20 guiding principles reminding agencies that freedom of religion is a fundamental right and that the free exercise of religion “includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”
  • “As President Trump said, ‘Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation ... [this administration] will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore,’” Sessions said in a statement.
  • “The constitutional protection of religious beliefs and the right to exercise those beliefs have served this country well, have made us one of the most tolerant countries in the world, and have also helped make us the freeist and most generous.”
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 5, 2017 at 1:17pm

Republican logic at its finest!

House GOP says Las Vegas massacre inspired them to crack down on reproductive rights
Instead of gun control, Republicans say the violence prompted a new effort to restrict abortions.

[Think Progress]

  • In the aftermath of two recent acts of gun violence, the House GOP caucus has been inspired not to pursue gun control legislation that could prevent future mass shootings, but instead to crack down on reproductive rights.
  • “As we mourn the lives lost in Las Vegas this week, and welcome Whip Scalise back to Capitol Hill, we are reminded just how precious life is,” the GOP caucus writes in a blog post about new anti-abortion legislation approved by the House on Tuesday. “This message weighed heavily on the hearts of House Republicans as we spoke of the potential of life — especially lives cut short through abortion.”
Comment by Grinning Cat on October 5, 2017 at 12:41pm

Another note about govtrack.us: it offers emoji you can click on to upvote on a bill's overview page.

... and after I upvoted a few of them:

I strongly recommend participating in those little informal polls on bills that matter.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 5, 2017 at 12:25pm

Also relevant:

"Bump Stocks Sell Out Nationwide Over Ban Fears" (Joe.My.God.)

(That fact says a lot!!! Why does any private citizen need to make their rifle fully automatic? To protect themselves against armed mutant sentient hypercaffeinated vampire deer with tactical nukes? 

Or against a gang of hundreds of home intruders who burst in all at once? Or against the U.S. Army? Ain't gonna work.)

It turns out that the Second Amendment wasn't created to ensure an "individual right" to have a firearm -- that was created by the Supreme Court in 2008. The ugly truth is that the Founders wanted to protect the states against a federal standing army, and to protect slave patrols, i.e. ensure slaveholding states were free to recapture people who had escaped slavery.

So Few Americans Understand What the Second Amendment Is Really About—or Its Dark History (Thom Hartmann, AlterNet) subtitled "The Second Amendment is an anachronism that's no longer relevant today."

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 3, 2017 at 3:38pm

Cowardly politicians (politician in suit) saying “Tell the victims they’re in my prayers...” while holding a “rosary” made of bullets and campaign contribution moneybags, with an “NRA” revolver at the end in place of a cross.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 2, 2017 at 6:23pm
Comment by tom sarbeck on October 1, 2017 at 1:46am
Cat, the GovTrack site looks interesting. I can easily see a bill's summary, its details, and even its text. I'm sometimes that compulsive.
Comment by tom sarbeck on October 1, 2017 at 1:32am
Cat, I want it but will it require us to slow down or stop our overseas empire building?

If so, we will have to make a humongous effort.
Comment by Grinning Cat on September 30, 2017 at 11:55pm

If we were to repeal and replace Obamacare / the Affordable Care Act, how about with a civilized universal single-payer system such as Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All!



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