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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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Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck on Wednesday. 6 Replies

Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote?"ZUNES: Well, there's this idea that the United States needs to be…Continue

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The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 5. 37 Replies

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports…Continue

Tags: Politico, Donald Trump, authoritarianism

Tom Monaghan, Ave Maria, Florida, and Religious Totalitarianism

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jan 17. 12 Replies

Like many of you, I have an email subscription to The Daily Kos, a liberal-leaning news and op-ed source which I frequently find both entertaining and frequently informative.  This morning I got their email distribution of links to various articles,…Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 9, 2015 at 9:45am

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2015 at 12:46pm

Today the NY Daily News trolled the vehement critics of last week's "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS" headline:

To all those who have been offended by hearing the truth about our nation's gun scourge & the NRA & cowardly pols who think nothing's wrong: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME (Oh, & Bam sez we will 'destroy ISIS' -- feel better now?) [NY Daily News cover, Monday, December 7, 2015, against a blue sky and plenty of cute animals, complete with a row of puppies at the bottom](click to enlarge)

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2015 at 12:42pm

Bertold, that's a well-written and well-deserved rant! And a great cartoon, Ruth! Especially the Republican "pro-lifer"'s telling exclamation of fear and outrage over Planned Parenthood, "Who will fight our wars?!!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 5, 2015 at 1:04pm

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I hadn't heard of prayer shaming, great comment Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 5, 2015 at 12:54pm

Pierce on "prayer shaming" (I love that coinage!)

A Few Words About 'Prayer-Shaming'
If it helps break the stranglehold of the religious right—and the various charlatans and fools that cater to them—on our politics, it will be worth it.

It's long past the time to break the power and influence held over our politics by a splinter faction of one form of American Christianity. It's long past time to make refashioning the Gospel into talking-points—​and, worse, a vehicle for ratfcking—​a political liability rather than a political asset. It's long past time to ignore the bleating of self-professed Christians who specialize in marinating in their victimology, who build their own Golgothas, and who drive the nails into their own palms. If so-called "prayer-shaming" is the first step in that direction, then Chris Murphy's entire career in politics has been worthwhile.

I am heartily fed up with this nonsense. I am heartily fed up with people whose personal relationships with their personal Lords And Saviors lead them to knuckle the poor, subjugate women, brag about their gunmanship, and topple inconvenient regimes that happen to be sitting on an ocean of oil. I am heartily fed up with people whose support for Israel is based on a couple of misunderstood passages from the craziest book in the Bible in which Jesus comes back to Earth as an X Man and gets into some enthusiastic disemboweling. And I am heartily fed up with alleged Christians who contribute to some very curious damn poll numbers.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 4, 2015 at 6:01pm

God isn't fixing this as a headline is an exquisite counterpoint to the Repuglican candidates'  calls for prayer as the solution. This reminds me of a great cartoon that I can't find at the moment. A U.S. aid plane has left two big cartons in Africa labeled "prayers" and "thoughts." A starving child checks them out and says, "They're empty."

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 4, 2015 at 5:25pm

Loren, the NY Daily News spoke truth when it put "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS" in bold two-inch-high letters on its front page!

(With right-wing/religious outrage on cue, that I don't feel like quoting or linking to... just google "god isn't fixing this"!)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 4, 2015 at 5:09pm

Tom - Pierce is the author of Idiot America. You wouldn't like him. He has a sense of humor.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 4, 2015 at 12:12am

Bert:

...humans construct laws—and, therefore, governments—to keep both the lone wolf and the pack at bay.

Pierce's elaborately reasoned explanation differs importantly from that of America's founders who actually made law and constructed a government.

They said the purpose of laws and government is to protect property.

Consider also Pierce's claim that Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Robert Dear both represent those parts of us that are kept at bay by the law and by government:

Laws and governments have for millenia been failing, and our law and government failed to keep Abaaoud and Dear at bay.

And Pierce's humans are not by nature social?

Who is Pierce?

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2015 at 1:54pm

Regarding the recent shootings in San Bernadino and others before it, I think the Daily News has a cogent thought on the subject:

Click on the above to enlarge.

Is it even remotely possible that people can quit wringing hands or bowing heads in useless religious gestures and actually DO SOMETHING about these tragedies???

 
 
 

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