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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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The Corporate Power Deadlock and Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

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Will Denayer's article thrusts us into startling clarity, by summing up our climate/economic/political situation.How climate change…Continue

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Pew: Nonbelievers Make Up Largest "Religious" Bloc (Washington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Jul 17. 18 Replies

The title rather says it all.  Nevertheless, details matter.  Here's the story from this morning's Plain Dealer (16 July, 2016):…Continue

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I have a theory

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 16. 1 Reply

I have a theory and I have had it for a long time. It started when I realized that religion was nothing more than myths and fables turned into sacraments and scriptures, that they were created by human beings, and they did not tell the truth. From…Continue

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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

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2016 at 12:43am

Tom, thanks for your response. 

1. Rape is rape, or should be. 

A penetrated male or female adult without agreeing has a right to claim rape, whether married to each other or not. 

A penetrated or molested child has a right to recourse in law, even if the penetrator is a parent, family member, neighbor, priest, pastor, or educator. 

2. Laws that require identifying the people who marry is a way for a state to generate tax revenue. There is no protection for either woman or man, mother or father in disputes that involve their union. 

3. "The people whose names are on marriage licenses can be ordered by courts to provide for the children of a marriage."

Far better, it seems to me, to have the biologial mother and father on a birth certificate even if ordered sealed by a court. A child has a right to be able to learn the identities of biological parents. The rights of the mother and father do not outweigh the right of the child to information. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 5, 2016 at 1:39pm

(Newspaper clipping from 'The Eldritch T'[imes?]) Cthulhu Withdraws From Race; Concedes 'not evil enough' for modern GOP / by REX MURPHY / Cthulhu officially announced today that he was withdrawing from this year's election race, citing no need for his presence in today's po-

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 5, 2016 at 1:27am

Loren and others,

Before we assume we know the reasons for Sen. Franken's talk, check to see if he's in the final year of his term.

If his name will be on the November ballot in his state, he is opening his campaign for re-election.

If his name will NOT be on the November ballot in his state, he is campaigning to defeat Republicans whose names will be on the ballots in their states.

All the world's a stage.

What, I cynical?

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 5, 2016 at 1:10am

Joan:

The legal minds can tell me why I am wrong. Probably some who have had problems because of not being married.

California's legal minds surprised the naive folks at SF Sex Information a few years ago with the legislature's reasoning for:

1) Statutory rape laws that protect underage females but do not protect underage males.

2) Laws that require identifying the people who marry.

It's about money.

Underage males, if raped, won't bear children the taxpayers will have to support.

The people whose names are on marriage licenses can be ordered by courts to provide for the children of a marriage.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 3, 2016 at 3:42pm

Senator Al Franken isn't one to draw attention to himself as a matter of course ... but in the case if the issue of Mitch McConnell's refusal to consider any nominee for the Supreme Court, Sen. Franken had some marked words to say, and I think he said them damned well.

Have a listen:

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2016 at 12:57pm

Daniel, King Arthur flour is now available in my grocery. I had not noticed the 100% employee owned sticker. King Arthur products gained my loyalty. 

Do you notice a difference in bread flours, Daniel? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2016 at 12:54pm

I don't see why anyone would want to marry with a "religious" official, and I see no reason for a civil union. If two people are compatible, care about each other, they are fully capable of making vows to each other in front of loved ones and be steadfast in them. They can even form a contract to protect assets if they want. They can have a ceremony if they choose.The legal minds can tell me why I am wrong. Probably some who have had problems because of not being married. 

I don't want to be married, ever again. Been there, done it. Marriage provided no protection to my children and me. The right of the patriarch took precedence over the human rights of the dependents.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 3, 2016 at 11:22am

 
 
 

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