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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 Satanic Panic - The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century (Seth Andrews)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 1 Reply

To a degree, I think the following video and talk are mislabeled.  Oh, absolutely, Seth talks at length and in detail about the "Satanic Panic," the crazed obsession some Christians had about elements of popular culture through the 1970s, 80s, and…Continue

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The things I remember

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 4 Replies

The things I remember about The John Birch Society, founded in 1958 by a candy entrepreneur, Robert Welch, who, in 1961, said the government of the United States was “50-70 percent” Communist-controlled and Dwight D. Eisenhower was a “dedicated,…Continue

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Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About"The rise of what used to be known as “the religious right” did not…Continue

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Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 2:35pm

   Trump continues to drag America down into degrading swamp with his public speeches and I am embarrassed and disgusted that the whole world is watching this fucktard spew his shit. I think everyone now know about his recent diatribe of giving police officers the go ahead to use excessive force against people. Did Trump conveniently forget what happened in Baltimore or Cleveland and other places? Is Congress (GOP) an enabler because they wont tell him to shut the hell up.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/international-police-chief-asso...

   So my question is, since Congress (GOP) wont impeach him, can a president in office be banned from giving anymore public speeches?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 28, 2017 at 2:48pm

A good article in WAPO by Jennifer Rubin

As Trump debases the presidency, the religious right looks away

The Trump administration is a clown show — but it’s the evangelicals who supplied the tent, the red noses and the floppy shoes. Each day presents a new insult to the office of the presidency and a repudiation of civilized behavior.
. . . And if it gets worse, is there any point at which the religious might put country above tribe, morality above partisanship? No, I don’t think it will do so ever.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 27, 2017 at 12:29pm

Yet another WTF moment

Trump taps Brownback for ambassadorship focused on religious freedom

Kansas City Star

Huh?

As Charles Pierce asked, But, seriously, Ambassador At Large For Religious Freedom? How is that even a job under a secular Constitution? .  .  .  Are we going to have Ambassadors to all First Amendment freedoms? Because I'd really like to be Ambassador At Large For Press Freedom. How about the whole Bill of Rights?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2017 at 2:59pm

Oh, I forgot "The Pledge of Allegiance" every morning in school.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2017 at 2:54pm

During my walks in the last few weeks, I've been struck by how many US flags are flying on many houses.  I think a lot of them started flying on the fourth of July, but are still up.  This is a Mormon town, and I suspect most of those flags are on Mormon homes.

It reminded me of how I was raised in the Moron church.  Patriotism was big.  Fly the flag on holidays.  Put your hand over your heart when the flag goes by in a parade.  Stand when you hear The Start Spangled Banner.

Then there was the 12th Article of Faith by Joseph Smith:  "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law."  Of course he often disobeyed that article, because he wanted to be the president of the US, with an eye towards being the dictator of the US, and then the world.

As I became older, I usually flew the flag on holidays, and did the other patriotic things, almost to the tune of "My country, right or wrong."  

Since paying attention to the posts on Atheist Nexus, I'm now critical of the USA.  My attitude now is  "I'll think about being patriotic, when and if the USA becomes worthy of patriotism."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2017 at 4:30pm

Does this feel as though the McCarthy is back? Remember how it felt to speak in opposition to the leadership? 

Yes, the Palestinians have a case against Israel.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 20, 2017 at 2:49pm

Anyone feel sympathetic toward Palestinians? Better watch how you express that. From The Intercept:

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

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THE CRIMINALIZATION OF political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.

But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2017 at 8:06pm

This has been around for a while. Quite a thoughtful article from

Daily Kos

Why are the Religious Entitled to Special Treatment?
By Richard E. Wackrow | 31 May 2017

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It is a longstanding custom of American culture to defer to the religious. We are supposed to respect the fact that they have “beliefs” (regardless of what they might be), and avoid confronting them with criticism or even sincere questions about their theology. And we are supposed to naively assume that the religious mean well even when they demonstrably do not. It’s the belief-in-belief syndrome. And it’s time we recognized it as the pernicious force that it is.

Nonbelievers especially are expected to tiptoe around the fragile feelings of the religious. Meanwhile, while claiming that their beliefs imbue them with feelings of peace, love and tolerance, even the most allegedly well-meaning Christian has no problem making statements such as “One cannot be good without God” or “The Ten Commandments are the basis of all morality” — not caring at all that he has just demeaned the billions of non-Judeo-Christians around the world."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2017 at 7:23pm

News — Will Bunch


Don Jr. and the email chain that devoured American democracy

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 13, 2017 at 7:12pm

Wonder Woman has tied up a kneeling Donald Trump with her glowing rope, and is making him send truthful tweets: “To tell the truth, it is a TRAVEL BAN!” “Burning fossil fuels warms the climate.” “Comey CANNOT TELL A LIE. Sad!” “I owe Putin bigly” and “Hillary won the popular vote.”(click to enlarge)

 
 
 

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