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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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Pennsylvania's Catholic Church Child Abuse Report: 301 Priests, 1000+ Children (CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 33 Replies

A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims. "We believe that the real…Continue

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Better Business Bureau Ratings Scam

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 6. 8 Replies

Another rotted capitalist icon. It seems Better Business Bureau ratings mean nothing these days.Terror Group Gets 'A'…Continue

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My Concerns 2018, Public health

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 5. 3 Replies

My Concerns 2018With Earth temperature rising, sea level rising, forests drying & burning, refugees increasing, potable water decreasing, streams, river, and lakes drying, I have concerns about the health of populations around the…Continue

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Sessions announces new 'religious liberty task force'

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 1. 8 Replies

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced the Department of Justice's creation of a "religious liberty task force" to "help the department fully implement our religious guidance." In a speech at the Department of…Continue

Tags: FFRF, Freedom From Religion Foundation, discrimination, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions

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Comment by Chris on August 5, 2018 at 2:17am

After my previous rants - to be kind to people who are religious, or say they are spiritual (what ever that means ) I say I'm a Diest.

That often result in 'blank stares' even after defining the word Diest.

Is god the undefinable, or unknown. Singularity which is unknown  physics theory.  It seems to me that's it's okay to say some things we don't know and may never know without attributing the word "God" to it..

Comment by Chris on August 5, 2018 at 2:03am

Doesn't religious freedom legislation mean a right to discriminate against anyone they don't like?

For example -'They' belong to a different church than I.

The PEW poll clarifying nones as agnostic is a misnomer.  None's who don't attend a particular church can be just as zealous as any evangelical church group.   

Their hubris may be even worse because they think they are better than the church they left - while still holding on to the doctrine while slightly modifying it into a Jim Jones, or  David Koresh cult.

none's have no spinal cord.

Comment by Chris on August 5, 2018 at 1:46am

The nones appear to be stuck in a mind warp where they don't subscribe to a particular church group/denomination yet still hold the cultural beliefs of the church they were raised in.   

Namby-Pambies.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 4, 2018 at 6:12pm

Will the xian nation petition gather enough support to amend the religion clauses of the First Amendment?

The non-religiosity of Europeans is a result of their centuries of wars over religion.

Who exempted Americans?

The Project Blitz people are contributing to non-religiosity here but their zeal blinds them to a future more distant than the ends of their noses.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2018 at 6:05pm

It seems we "nones" have the opportunity to recognize the common threat. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 4, 2018 at 5:39pm

Very true, Joan, once again, we seem to be herding cats.  I hate to say it, but I wonder if the only thing that would get the "nones" to genuinely coalesce is recognition of common threat on us, made by fundamentalist Christianity?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2018 at 5:26pm

I am surprised if it isn't part of Project Blitz!

The congregations may disagree on matters of doctrine, but not on politics. They cling together as bats in a swarm. 

If non-believers, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, doubters, nihilists, rationalists, cynics, disbelievers, and pessimists coalesced together as do the religious of all denominations, we would not have to keep refighting this battle. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 4, 2018 at 10:37am

Bertold, you and I both know that any attempt to codify such a declaration as the one you reported below will be met by the FFRF, Americans United, American Atheists, and the ACLU (at minimum!) as being unconstitutional.  One thing I would wonder, though is whether that is a part of Project Blitz.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 4, 2018 at 10:16am

Comment by Chris on August 1, 2018 at 11:57pm

My understanding with the theory of a tax credit for political donations  is everyone would be able to contribute.

With your comment perhaps the tax credit could granted such that poor people would be able to  contribute without it taking money out of their monthly income. .  Something such as that should work.

If the law was written well even people who file short forms should be able to do this.  Even better people on SSDI, and others who don't have to file tax returns should be able to do it.

Oregon had a program for this to allow $50 as a tax credit as a donation to political  cause.   That seems like a neat idea.  The upfront costs even for poor people in the Oregon plan was made up when taxes were filed.   My understanding is that plan allowed it even in short tax plans.

I don't know how the intricacies of this would work, but it seems like a good idea.

 
 
 

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