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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TPP - what's been leaked

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 6 Replies

Public Citizen warns of known dangers hidden in the Trans Pacific Partnership. Even with the extreme secrecy, we know enough, due to partial leaks of the secret text, to be very afraid. For instance, we know the TPP would:Lower U.S. wages by…Continue

Tags: corporate tribunals, overcharging for medication, outsourcing US jobs, food and safety threats, TPP

Kevin Kruse on How Corporate America Created Christian America (YouTube)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 23. 8 Replies

It isn't very often that something goes upside my head with the kind of impact that happened yesterday afternoon, when the 38th Annual Convention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation had as one of its guest speakers Kevin M. Kruse.  Mr. Kruse is…Continue

Tags: One Nation Under God, Kevin Kruse

Presidential election - last time around Michelle Obama said : "The truth matters." Republicans are laughing all the way to the bank at the quaintness of such a naive thought.

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 24. 23 Replies

Ben Carson: Big Bang A Fairy Tale, Theory Of Evolution Encouraged By The DevilIt's nice that the Republicans have Dr.(!) Ben Carson as their house n-word. He's cute, articulate, humble and smooth, and his speech patterns are oh, so laid back and…Continue

Tags: Carson, creationism, evolution, primary, election

A View of Islam from Muhammad Syed: Ex-Muslim

Started by Loren Miller Sep 23. 0 Replies

There is a great deal of discussion that goes on about Muslims and Islam in the US which comes from people who are not, themselves, directly connected with either the people or the religion.  Muhammad Syed, president of Ex-Muslims of North America,…Continue

Tags: Muslims, Seth Andrews, ISIS, Islam, Muhammad Syed

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Comment by Randall Smith on August 26, 2015 at 7:18am

Fortunately, most of these "morans" don't vote.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2015 at 11:23pm


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2015 at 11:23am

Jerry Coyne, in one of today's Why Evolution Is True columns, disputed Ted Cruz's claim about a "war on christianity". He ended with this cheerful conclusion:

No, what really bothers these people is not a secular war on Christianity, but the second sense of “war”: the inexorable decline of faith as reason sets in and Americans put away their childish things. It’s well known that Christianity is declining in the U.S., and that has believers scared. As the Post reported in May, self-reported Christians are declining as the “nones” and unaffiliated increase, with Christians declining from 78% to 71% of Americans in just the last seven years. And it’s down from 86% in 1990. That’s a 10% decline since 2008 and a 17% decline since 1990. At this rate, there won’t be any Christians left at the end of the century!

A war on Christianity? I think not. What is hurting the faith is not attacks coming from the outside, but disenchantment on the inside, as believers simply walk away. Christianity, in other words, is suffering from a wasting disease.

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 18, 2015 at 11:05pm

These guys (and the rest of us) are victims of the idiot who invited the fundamentalists to join the GOP: President Reagan.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2015 at 7:52pm

Agreed, Bertold. <sigh> Any one of them would sink us all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 18, 2015 at 5:41pm

Salon ran an excellent article titled 

These religious clowns should scare you: GOP candidates’ gullible, ...

A section follows:

Now let’s pause and consider the situation. Kelly is a political science graduate from a major Northeastern university, an attorney by trade with some 10 years of practice behind her, and a citizen of one the planet’s most developed countries. Speaking on satellite television (a technological wonder, whether we still recognize it or not, and no matter what we think of Fox News) in the twenty-first century, this sharp, degree-bearing professional American has just asked, with a straight face, a senator (who happens himself to be a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law) if he is receiving messages from a supernatural being. Yet no one in the audience broke into guffaws or even chuckled. And, of course, no one cried out with irate incredulity at the ludicrousness of the supposition implicit in the question (that an imaginary heavenly ogre could possibly be beaming instructions down to one of his earthling subjects). But since the supernatural being in question goes by the name of “God,” in the clown show that was the Republican debate, everyone – audience, MC, and the clowns themselves – simultaneously took leave of their senses and judged the matter at hand legit.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2015 at 12:31pm
Hansen’s idea to curb climate change:  “…As long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, people are going to keep burning them and going to find them, to dig them up wherever they can find them. …what we need to do is add a gradually rising fee to the fossil fuels, which you would collect from the fossil fuel companies at the source... And that money should be distributed to - all legal residents of the country. That way the person who does better than average in limiting his carbon footprint will make money, and it will be a big incentive for them to pay attention to their carbon footprint. It will be a big incentive for entrepreneurs to develop no carbon and low carbon energy sources and products. And the economic studies that have been done show that this actually stimulates the economy. So it doesn't cost anything.”

Dr. James Hansen gives his idea to curb climate change on Fareed Za...

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 15, 2015 at 9:53am

On another topic, The Onion observes that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has resisted resolution for decades, even though hardliners on both sides agree on the solution in every detail:

Israel's Favored Solution: * Establish Strong Religious State * Seize Every Inch Of Land * Exercise Total Political Control * Bathe In Blood Of The Enemy * Eradicate Every Man, Woman, And Child On Other Side * Realize God's Will * Rejoice Upon Pushing Rivals' Corpses Into Sea * Claim Holy City Of Jerusalem For Selves / Palestine's Favored Solution: * Establish Strong Religious State * Seize Every Inch Of Land * Exercise Total Political Control * Bathe In Blood Of The Enemy * Eradicate Every Man, Woman, And Child On Other Side * Realize God's Will * Rejoice Upon Pushing Rivals' Corpses Into Sea * Claim Holy City Of Jerusalem For Selves

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2015 at 4:40pm

Trump might be a good Carter's Little Liver Pills salesman, but POTUS he is not. 

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 11, 2015 at 5:18am

I watched that 'debate'. I don't think they did themselves any favours with all that populist rhetoric being spoken. One would have been forgiven for thinking that Trump was applying to be a border guard rather than the President.


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