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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2015 at 1:01pm

Some 200 years ago xtians promoted schooling - and I know the limits of that from my fundy childhood - but how did the xtian ideals degenerate to Trump c.s? Staggering!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 9, 2015 at 11:25am

Sadly, Chris, because America has ignorant, uninformed jingoists who can't imagine the US as being anything other than a white-bread christian country where they're at the head of the line and everyone else is nowhere to be seen.  These people not only have no idea about diversity, they don't want to know, and they'll fight anyone who attempts to inform them.

These people are purposefully ignorant and determined to remain so.

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2015 at 11:21am

I can't think why you Americans put up with a horror like that. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 9, 2015 at 9:45am

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2015 at 12:46pm

Today the NY Daily News trolled the vehement critics of last week's "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS" headline:

To all those who have been offended by hearing the truth about our nation's gun scourge & the NRA & cowardly pols who think nothing's wrong: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME (Oh, & Bam sez we will 'destroy ISIS' -- feel better now?) [NY Daily News cover, Monday, December 7, 2015, against a blue sky and plenty of cute animals, complete with a row of puppies at the bottom](click to enlarge)

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2015 at 12:42pm

Bertold, that's a well-written and well-deserved rant! And a great cartoon, Ruth! Especially the Republican "pro-lifer"'s telling exclamation of fear and outrage over Planned Parenthood, "Who will fight our wars?!!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 5, 2015 at 1:04pm

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I hadn't heard of prayer shaming, great comment Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 5, 2015 at 12:54pm

Pierce on "prayer shaming" (I love that coinage!)

A Few Words About 'Prayer-Shaming'
If it helps break the stranglehold of the religious right—and the various charlatans and fools that cater to them—on our politics, it will be worth it.

It's long past the time to break the power and influence held over our politics by a splinter faction of one form of American Christianity. It's long past time to make refashioning the Gospel into talking-points—​and, worse, a vehicle for ratfcking—​a political liability rather than a political asset. It's long past time to ignore the bleating of self-professed Christians who specialize in marinating in their victimology, who build their own Golgothas, and who drive the nails into their own palms. If so-called "prayer-shaming" is the first step in that direction, then Chris Murphy's entire career in politics has been worthwhile.

I am heartily fed up with this nonsense. I am heartily fed up with people whose personal relationships with their personal Lords And Saviors lead them to knuckle the poor, subjugate women, brag about their gunmanship, and topple inconvenient regimes that happen to be sitting on an ocean of oil. I am heartily fed up with people whose support for Israel is based on a couple of misunderstood passages from the craziest book in the Bible in which Jesus comes back to Earth as an X Man and gets into some enthusiastic disemboweling. And I am heartily fed up with alleged Christians who contribute to some very curious damn poll numbers.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 4, 2015 at 6:01pm

God isn't fixing this as a headline is an exquisite counterpoint to the Repuglican candidates'  calls for prayer as the solution. This reminds me of a great cartoon that I can't find at the moment. A U.S. aid plane has left two big cartons in Africa labeled "prayers" and "thoughts." A starving child checks them out and says, "They're empty."

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 4, 2015 at 5:25pm

Loren, the NY Daily News spoke truth when it put "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS" in bold two-inch-high letters on its front page!

(With right-wing/religious outrage on cue, that I don't feel like quoting or linking to... just google "god isn't fixing this"!)

 
 
 

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