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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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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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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

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 23. 0 Replies

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"3:40 "I think what is really going on, what's sort of behind the insanity of this, is the very…Continue

Tags: rational, analysis, herd-emotion, mendacity, America

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 11:21am

Kevin Kruse, author of One Nation under God, explains how in his first 100 days Eisenhower gave rise to the religious right:


[Esquire]

As I wrote about in my recent book, Dwight D. Eisenhower used his first months in the presidency to revolutionize how Americans understood the role of religion in their nation and their government, effectively making piety and patriotism one and the same. Past leaders, of course, had invoked their spiritual beliefs in their political speeches and even occasionally in their policies. But none of them had ever tried to place religious faith in such a formal and fundamental role in American political life as Eisenhower.

Comment by Joseph P on April 27, 2017 at 7:14am

That bumper sticker makes me wish I had a bit of Native American blood, so I could riff off of that.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 12:22am

Noam Chomsky: Today’s GOP is ‘the most dangerous’ threat to the species ‘in human history’

Raw Story

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 10:51pm

Glad you enjoyed it, Stacey!

Comment by Stacey R. on April 26, 2017 at 10:43pm
Thumbs up to that!! Not just for the knee-jerk laugh, but also calling out so succinctly the absurdity and racism behind the "No immigrants!" sentiment many seem to espouse. Well done!
Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 10:22pm

Regarding the whole immigrant business, I have a suggestion:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 7:26pm

I agree, Stacey R.  about Grinning Cat's Rothkopf quote. He has a way of hitting the bulls' eye especially when it comes to politics. 

If tRump appealed to people's emotions, their fears, anxieties, depressions, and grief to gain their support, we could do the same things for the same reasons. People have legitimate feelings of being unheard and unseen. 

Well, we can hear and see just as well as tRump and his ilk can. We can reveal the real causes of our failed economy, agriculture, U.S. production, and loss of jobs. These are real factors, and they all compound the out of control CO2 that threatens us all. 

Their fear comes from legitimate unsolved problems and if there is anyone who can do better than those of us who base our concerns on real factors have a higher probably of solving them.

Comment by Stacey R. on April 26, 2017 at 5:22pm
Thanks Grinning Cat foe the Rothkopf quote. I think that really hits the nail on the head. It's been stated by many observers that Trump won because he appealed to people's emotions, This is a good explanation of exactly why people continue to support him.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2017 at 12:35pm

I very much like the latest Thinking Atheist video, called "Does religion poison everything?"  Seth Andrews talked about a very religious wedding he went to a few weeks ago, where the bride was told to submit to her husband.  I thought of Joan's life story when I heard that.

David Silverman gave his take on the subject and said yes, religion does poison everything.  I liked his reasoning on the subject.

The other thing I liked was David Silverman saying he's sure that after Trump and his gang go down, a lot of religious people will rethink their religion supporting such an ass.  A positive message of hope, that perked-up my attitude.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTs4XqKxm-8&feature=em-uploademail

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 26, 2017 at 12:09pm

I'm back, with another graphic!

“Donald Trump, champion and avatar of the shallow state, has won power because HIS SUPPORTERS ARE THREATENED BY WHAT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND, AND WHAT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND IS ALMOST EVERYTHING. Indeed, from evolution to data about our economy to the science of vaccines to the threats we face in the world, THEY REJECT VAST SUBJECTS ROOTED IN FACT in order to have reality conform to their worldviews. They don’t dig for truth; they skim the media for anything that makes them feel better about themselves. TO MANY OF THEM, KNOWLEDGE IS NOT A USEFUL TOOL BUT A CUNNING BARRIER ELITES HAVE CREATED TO KEEP POWER FROM THE AVERAGE MAN AND WOMAN.” David Rothkopf, Professor of International Relations and Political Science (logo in corner: Political News Review; allcaps represent blue highlighted text)

 
 
 

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