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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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What is the purpose of life?

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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A most interesting exercise in fantasy

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 2 Replies

The One Speech That Could Turn Donald Trump From Villain To HeroPatheos - August 16, 2016 by Benjamin L. CoreyArticle…Continue

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Global Elites Failing

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The new challenge for climate action? PopulismDoug Hendrie sees the disenfranchised rejecting the globalization being…Continue

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The Corporate Power Deadlock and Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 21. 0 Replies

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

Tags: plurality, nones, Pew, religious

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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

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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. 

 
 
 

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