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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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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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New Rule: What Would a Dick Do? (Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 11. 4 Replies

Lead bullets?  Asbestos?!?  Rolling back mileage requirements that the automobile industry had already agreed to???  Such moves aren't just stupid or pandering to the corporate state, they are, to put it succinctly, DICK MOVES, put into motion by…Continue

Tags: move, dick, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

Your private internet history up for sale, thanks to Republicans

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 30. 21 Replies

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will be considering passed S.J.Res. 34, a bill to repeal the FCC's protections for internet privacy, as early…Continue

Tags: regulatory capture, corporate capture

The phony "freedoms" Republicans promise

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 20. 5 Replies

That's the title of Neil Buchanan's article in Newsweek (complete with irrelevant autoplaying video), reprinted from Justia's Verdict site where it has the title "…Continue

Tags: minimum wage, anti-abortion, anti-choice, scams, civil rights

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2016 at 8:22am

Oh. My. Goodness. In an anomaly of epic proportions, a Catholic leader has actually spoken out and said something that makes sense.

Catholic Bishop Declares Solidarity With Persecuted Atheists
March 9, 2016 by Michael Stone

[Entire Patheos article here]

A prominent Catholic bishop issues a call for all Catholics to defend atheists from persecution.


Bishop Declan Lang, the chair of the UK-based Catholic Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, is asking fellow Catholics and others to defend atheists facing persecution around the world.


From Bishop Declan's statement:


Confronted with these injustices we must not stand by. Moreover we should recognise that the oppression of atheists does not only violate the human rights of people like Fayadh, Alexander, Alber and Karim, but represents a degradation of the fundamental principle that people should be free to hold their own beliefs without fearing for their life or liberty. History has shown time and time again that when one minority group is oppressed with impunity, others soon face the same fate.


I completely agree with the commentator's conclusion:


While the Catholic church continues to be a profoundly immoral institution responsible for a multitude of horrors great and small, it is important nevertheless to give credit where credit is due, and Bishop Lang deserves credit for calling on all Catholics to defend atheists from persecution.


Bottom line: By declaring solidarity with atheists, Bishop Lang is standing up for freedom and justice, as such, he deserves credit and appreciation for his principled stance in support of freedom of conscience.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 10, 2016 at 8:21am

Bertold, Trump's only genuine principle is self-aggrandizement.  He is a shameless self-promoter whose first, last, and only priority is himself.  I wouldn't want him for my apartment superintendent, let alone president.  A choice between him and Cruz is really no choice, as neither of them can consider real needs or situations requiring coherent executive action.

As far as how he has the GOP tied up, it is far less priceless than it is tragic.  The Democrats need to have a credible counterbalance, and right now there is NONE ... and even Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy knew that this nation couldn't survive on one political party.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2016 at 8:02am

Tom, I keep waffling back and forth on Trump depending on his latest utterances. One thing I know for sure - I'd rather have someone like him with no principles than someone with Cruz's principles. And the way he's got the GOP tied up in knots is priceless.

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 10, 2016 at 2:24am

Hey, all you anti-Trump folk. He's doing us a favor.

He's splitting the Republican Party along the fault line between the original small gov't libertarians and the big gov't xians.

If Trump succeeds:

1) the big gov't xians will return to their churches,

2) the racist former Dixiecrats will return to their KKK meetings, and

3) the moderate Repubs, expelled half a century ago by the far right Repubs, will return to the small-gov't Repub Party.

With the xians gone, candidates won't have to pander to them and the major parties will be able to take the xians' laws out of our bedrooms.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2016 at 4:07pm

I would go incredibly insane if it were not for wanting my thinking capacities to read your cartoons and comments. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 9, 2016 at 3:59pm

Yes, I'm glad Bernie is still within shouting distance as it were. Meanwhile...

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Comment by Randall Smith on March 9, 2016 at 7:28am

Funny, Ruth!

How 'bout Bernie!! Thumbs up to Michigan! Major upset.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 8, 2016 at 2:02pm

courtesy of Grinning Cat

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2016 at 1:23am

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2016 at 1:15am

“It probably will not be long until the churches will divide as sharply upon political, as upon theological questions; and when that day comes, if there are not liberals enough to hold the balance of power, this Government will be destroyed. The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church. Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave.

“All laws for the purpose of making man worship God, are born of the same spirit that kindled the fires of the auto da fe, and lovingly built the dungeons of the Inquisition. All laws defining and punishing blasphemy -- making it a crime to give your honest ideas about the Bible, or to laugh at the ignorance of the ancient Jews, or to enjoy yourself on the Sabbath, or to give your opinion of Jehovah, were passed by impudent bigots, and should be at once repealed by honest men. An infinite God ought to be able to protect himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures.

“Certainly he ought not so to act that laws become necessary to keep him from being laughed at. No one thinks of protecting Shakespeare from ridicule, by the threat of fine and imprisonment. It strikes me that God might write a book that would not necessarily excite the laughter of his children.

“In fact, I think it would be safe to say that a real God could produce a work that would excite the admiration of mankind. Surely politicians could be better employed than in passing laws to protect the literary reputation of the Jewish God.

-- Robert Green Ingersoll, 
Some Mistakes of Moses, Section III, "The Politicians," in Works, Dresden Edition, Volume 2

 
 
 

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