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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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Change.org Petition - Jon Stewart Should Host a Presidential Debate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Monday. 7 Replies

The above petition just landed in my inbox a few minutes ago ... and I think it is perhaps one of the most brilliant ideas I've heard in a while.  Entirely too many debates, both primary and presidential, have been little more than photo ops for the…Continue

Tags: change.org, petition, debate, Jon Stewart

The Geographic Span of Actions of an Omnipotent, Omniscient God, Displayed Graphically

Started by Loren Miller Aug 16. 0 Replies

Yahweh as described by the old testament, Yeshua of the new, and Mohammed of the quran are taken to be massive actors on the world stage.  Care to see just how massive?  Take a look at the following:…Continue

Tags: action, map, Mohammed, Yeshua, Yahweh

Romans and Christians (delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gerald Payne Aug 13. 5 Replies

Today's selection -- from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Empires have been the dominant form of government in human history. Most early empires of such as the Roman empire were polytheistic, and made a practice of being…Continue

Tags: religion, politics, tolerance, Roman, christian

Generic Monopoly RipsYou Off

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Aug 11. 1 Reply

The Rise of Big Generic: Why Knockoff Prescriptions Now Cost $1,200Why generics cost way too much now.As Big…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2015 at 1:39am

Heard on BBC World Service: the International Humanist and Ethical Union is campaigning to abolish blasphemy laws, which exist in about a quarter of the world's countries. IHEU "says that, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, the time is right for countries to abolish laws that protect religious sensibilities. But blasphemy laws nevertheless remain popular in many parts of the world."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31047401

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2015 at 1:35am

p.s.: The Guardian article about Alexis Tsipras refusing a religious swearing-in also quoted a party activist who's a devout Orthodox Christian, who said that the new prime minister's 'choice of a secular oath was, paradoxically, an act of respect for the church and its integrity. Rather than appropriating religious rituals for political ends, as previous leaders had done, he was "ac­knowl­edging the sanctity of church services and behaving with respect to all of us (practising Christians)... Instead of him taking a false oath, we will offer him our sincere prayers."'

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2015 at 1:24am

In a dramatic break with tradition, Greece's new prime minister took a civil rather than religious oath of office.

From The Guardian: "Here’s the moment that Greek radical leftist party SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras signed the official protocols after being sworn in (using a secular oath) by president Karolos Papoulias."

From The Economist:

GREECE'S new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, made history within hours of his victory by informing the Archbishop of Athens, very politely, that clerical services would not be required for his swearing-in ceremony. An avowed atheist who has nonetheless made a point of dealing courteously with senior clergy, Mr Tsipras lost no time in making known that his oath of office would be a secular procedure. It was also explained that when the whole cabinet was sworn in, a more junior cleric (but not the archbishop) would be invited to assist those who wished to take a religious oath.

It's hard to overstate what a rupture this marks with the ceremonial culture of Greece. For as long as anybody can remember, every senior office-holder, from socialists to right-wing dictators, has assumed the post with a ritual involving Bibles, crosses and often holy water, sprinkled about with a sprig of basil.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2015 at 7:41pm

A few choice words from the Rude Pundit on Sarah Palin's speech at the recent Iowa Freedom Summit:

The most hilarious part of this is that conservatives are saying that the speech wasn't "serious" and that watching it was "painful." Joe Scarborough called it a "tragedy" that she had fallen so far, apparently not understanding the difference between tragedy and comedy.

Really . . .? This was the speech that made you decide Palin was not going to be president one day? 'Cause, see, the rest of us knew she was a fraud and a puffed-up idiot, a wannabe player, and a power-mad gorgon from the start. We didn't need this babbling cartoon character, this monster with a gaping maw, gorging on fame and attention like a snake on a rat, to blither through one more parade of faux folksiness, like Hee-Haw was her Critique of Pure Reason.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2015 at 6:04pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2015 at 6:03pm

When I was young, I looked forward to the day that computers and robots did all the boring, unpleasant, unsafe work, and we all benefitted from their production, so we didn't have to work to provide for ourselves, but could do what interested us.

It's sad that the richest 1% have taken most of the fruits of that production, leaving the rest of us with very little.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2015 at 6:01pm

Ruth, I am unable to see your most recent post. I know it contains something interesting/important. Can someone else send it to me, please. I am most grateful! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 26, 2015 at 5:54pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2015 at 1:16pm

It looks like we have the Donald and Her Sarahship to look forward to again in the Republican presidential primaries. When it comes to this particular crazy train, the more the merrier methinks. With Mike the Huckster and the two Ricks, the entertainment level should go through the roof. C'mon Michelle, throw in your hat!

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 9, 2015 at 11:19pm

Please, folks, stop describing the US of A as "our democracy"!

From its start it has been, and still is, an oligarchy -- rule by a few.

The question to ask is Who comprises this oligarchy?

Campaign donors (the bribe givers and the extortion payers).

 
 
 

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