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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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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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Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck yesterday. 6 Replies

Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote?"ZUNES: Well, there's this idea that the United States needs to be…Continue

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The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 5. 37 Replies

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports…Continue

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Tom Monaghan, Ave Maria, Florida, and Religious Totalitarianism

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jan 17. 12 Replies

Like many of you, I have an email subscription to The Daily Kos, a liberal-leaning news and op-ed source which I frequently find both entertaining and frequently informative.  This morning I got their email distribution of links to various articles,…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 2, 2015 at 2:11pm

Yes! And it wasn't an April Fool's joke.

It's socially significant that the amendment explicitly mentions "religion or nonreligion". (This is broader than the amendment's original language of "religion or atheism".)

More from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/madison-city-council-adds-no...

The ordinance text: https://madison.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2247102&...|Text|&FullText=1

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2015 at 6:15am

Way to go, Madison WI  !!!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 1, 2015 at 8:37pm

Per Think Progress:

Madison, WI protects atheists against discrimination.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2015 at 2:14pm

Bertold, your comment sent me on a hunt. This is what I found:

"Benjamin Franklin experimenting with electricity in a lightning storm is an iconic image. But Franklin was not alone. Many of the nation's founding fathers were citizen scientists. Like Franklin, Thomas JeffersonJohn AdamsJames Madison, and George Washington were all avid students of the natural and physical world."

We can proudly promote placing mottos on our currency in support of natural, physical and the scientific world. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 28, 2015 at 1:10pm

Why Evolution Is True:

The first U.S. penny touts science, not God

"The interesting part is the motto on the coin: "Liberty Parent of Science & Industry". Now we all know that the "In God We Trust" motto is a relatively recent innovation, but I was surprised to find (although I shouldn't have been) that the founders rated science as one of the boons of liberty. And nary a mention of the creator. Just another little nail in the coffin of 'America founded as a Christian nation.'" 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2015 at 5:11pm

Bertold, A must read. Michael Moore for president.

The underlying principles of our government as taught to our kids, remain so far from the truth, I kind of choke when I read the documents. 

An early rendition of The Constitution, a living document, defined people to be citizens if they were white, male and landowners. 

Can we live in a government that lied?

Tom wrote, "The "Free Market" label serves a purpose: it conceals the truth that from America's earliest years markets have been subsidized by taxpayers?"

Were we ever a nation of a government protecting the rights of people? Certainly not now. Government for the corporation, by and for the corporation does not define the kind of government in which I want to give my allegiance. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 26, 2015 at 4:44pm

I like a lot of Michael Moore's ideas.  He's a Catholic, but one interesting thing he said is "We will not back theocracies."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2015 at 4:37pm

Loren, doesn't it feel like living on a roller coaster. We go along, enjoying the ride, watching the scenery, paying no particular attention to whether the nuts and bolts of the coaster work properly. All is cool, we feel so in charge of our lives, not a care in the world and that lovely climb to the top! One can see forever from there. 

Then whosh! fully engaged, eyes wide open, wind flashing past our ears, our mouths and noses unable to take in air and all we can do is scream. 

Well my grandmothers were at the same place on their roller coaster as we are right now. 

Who will be authors of our stories? Who will go crazy and who will commit suicide? Who will be prepared and ready for a rough ride? Who will come through it a little wiser and stronger and grateful to be alive? 

We live in interesting times. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2015 at 4:30pm

Tom, insightful bit of research!
"School histories have a different purpose: to make kids proud of America, willing to pay taxes and die in wars."

I guess that is where grandmothers and grandfathers come in. We can remember. Our memories, filled with facts of frauds, can tell different stories than our children's textbooks. 

I love the idea behind USA. It never lived to its rhetoric. I wonder, can we small band of people love the idea enough to live it and enjoy it and participate in whatever ways we can attempt to bring our country to its height.
As for myself, I intend be honest, steadfast, grateful for all that I have and especially all those people in my life, and grateful for those things for which I worked. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 26, 2015 at 4:29pm

This idea of Michael Moore's, in particular, bears repeating!

"If there is a call for war, and if we are to invade another nation, I will declare as commander in chief that the first to be sent into combat must be the conscripted adult offspring of all members of Congress, the president and the president’s cabinet (and then, in order, the children of the CEOs of the Fortune 500, all military contractors and the top media executives). This should reduce the number of wars considerably."

 
 
 

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