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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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#Quora: Nate White Hilariously Answers the Query –”Why Do British People NOT Like Trump?”

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 7. 3 Replies

Nate White, a witty writer from England wrote the perfect response. A few things spring to mind… Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no…Continue

Tags: troll, Quora, Donald Trump, Nate White

Dan Rather and Sam Donaldson on Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 24. 1 Reply

I just saw this on CNN and thought it was worthy of being posted here.  You have two doyen newsmen who know their stuff, opining on the aberration in the White House for two minutes and change.  Just wish it were longer. Unfortunately, I can't get…Continue

Tags: Trump, CBS, ABC, Sam Donaldson, Dan Rather

Democratic National Committee Recognizes Value of "Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 4. 2 Replies

It started back in 2009, when Barack Obama made open mention of non-believers in his first inaugural address.  It got better with the establishment of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.  And now, the Democratic National Committee has issued a…Continue

Tags: resolution, Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic, DNC, Democratic National Committee

ALEC ties to White Supremacy and religious extremism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 20. 7 Replies

ALEC,or the American Legislative Exchange Council, pushes conservative legislation, and nearly a quarter of state legislators are members. Their model bills often "amount to wish lists for special interests." "Bills based on ALEC models were…Continue

Tags: religious extremism, White Supremacy, American Legislative Exchange Council

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 18, 2019 at 3:11pm

Donald, in Kevin Kruse's book, In God We Trust: How Corporate America Created Christian America, we learn that Eisenhower was pretty much a willing tool in the effort to bring religion more to the forefront.  While I don't have the book here, I recall a passage where it was said that his first inauguration was as much religious ceremony as political or public.  That by itself is plenty of reason for concern in the current day and age.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on September 18, 2019 at 12:45pm

Eisenhower was baptized into the Presbyterian church about 2 weeks after becoming president.  He almost immediately started pushing for the motto to be changed from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust".  Although I remember what was going on, I was only in high school, and wasn't paying much attention to it.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 18, 2019 at 11:27am

I saw those at Friendly Atheist as well! ("Another KY School Found a Clever Way to Get Around the “In God We Trust” Law") Hemant Mehta's subtitle is perfect: "Republicans will be furious when they realize kids are being educated."

Three of the comments:

"I would like the sign better if it explained about e. pluribus unum and how in god we trust was the result of Cold war hysteria about the commies."

"I agree! The sign as is makes it seem like it's been appearing on money for a very long time and finally they decided to make it the motto. Simple as that. Easy peasy. No fuss, no muss. There was no information on what it replaced and how FEAR was the real reason it became the motto."

"Could use a little filling out:
... largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War while a significant portion of the population fought for the right to continue to own other human beings"

Comment by Loren Miller on September 16, 2019 at 6:50pm

Then again ... here's something that showed up in at least one school in Kentucky:

As always, you can lick on the image to enlarge it.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 16, 2019 at 6:48pm

I was half-tempted to put this in the Humor group, but all things considered, here may be more apropos:

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2019 at 11:36am

Freedom is not given, it is earned! I am proud of this woman from North Carolina demanding to be heard!
To have freedom, one must STOP, THINK, ACT!
It requires thinking critically, being aware, forming coalitions, acting effectively, and paying attention to outcomes.
North Carolina State Representative Deb Butler, you make history!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 5, 2019 at 2:32pm

Regardless of the view of phil h, until we do away with SCOTUS or sufficiently intimidate the GOP, Part 2 of the Second Amendment denies government the power to infringe the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

The Court’s Heller ruling:

1) protects a right to keep and bear arms unconnected with service in a militia, and

2) identifies several kinds of weapons the people may not lawfully keep and bear.

A search on “scotus heller text” and some winnowing will reveal the relevant part of the Court’s ruling.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 5, 2019 at 1:36pm

And regarding the whole gun control issue:

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 5, 2019 at 12:38pm

Back to school, and back to our irregularly scheduled political cartoons: (as usual, click to enlarge)

Back to School (a classroom, with five kids in front, teaching Uncle Sam who's stuffed into a kid's desk/chair; on the chalkboard: 'More access to guns = more gun violence' and 'Climate change is strengthening hurricanes')

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 5, 2019 at 11:11am

Another question about a Resource-Based Economy: for limited and rare goods and services like fine handmade violins or paintings, or lessons from a world-renowned master, what's an alternative to "the ones with the most money win" for deciding who gets them?

And there are historical artifacts; some people derive a great deal of pleasure from having the original items. There aren't enough original Mona Lisas (some Doctor Who stories notwithstanding) or Stradivarius violins for everyone who wants one.

 
 
 

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