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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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Hedge Funds Triumph and You Lose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 24. 2 Replies

image sourceThousands of  profitable…Continue

Tags: Wall Street, deregulation, ., hedge funds, bankruptcy

Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 20. 3 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

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Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 19. 0 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 15. 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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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 19, 2017 at 2:40pm

The Comments this morning offer interesting ideas to ponder, a great way to start the morning. With a clever cartoon, "Baloney and bananas," descripyive assessments of current events, and intriguing references to other reading material. 

I ran across a Steve Keen video during my daily slide down the economic/political track, "How can the Greeks save more money? A monetary parable." where he describes the debt in Greece was a result of an economic system with "Children in Charge" instead of "The Adults in the Room". 

The public believes, the experts got the theory wrong.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2017 at 1:09pm
Hm-mm, belay that "faith in democracy" thing; "trust in the voters" would have been better.
BTW, 'belay' is also Navy slang for 'correct that'.
Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2017 at 12:47pm
Loren, you have too little faith in democracy. Some 20-24 years ago, So. Calif. voters gave Graham his demented wish. The school board's xian majority made such a mess that in the next election the voters corrected what they'd done.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2017 at 11:54am

Do you suppose that bastard Graham has any idea of the impact such a development would have not just on American schools but on America's standing the world?  He'll get his demented wish on a day that doesn't end in "Y", if I have anything to say about it!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 19, 2017 at 11:18am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2017 at 9:52am

That is just PRECIOUS, GC!!!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 19, 2017 at 9:42am

cover of 'Tapas' magazine showing Donald Trump made out of bananas and baloney

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Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2017 at 12:15am
About xianity's collapse.

While researching several years ago the origin(s) of Jacques Derrida's deconstruction, I read of a collapse of xian morality in England during the middle 1800s that peaked during the 1840s

Concern for public morality resulted in the creation of Victorian literature, which told of the entire lives of people who lived morally or otherwise and who at the story's end were suitably rewarded or punished.

Then, shortly before WW One, writers lost interest in those long stories and started telling of parts of lives, starting what today is referred to as modernism or modernist literature.

Xianity has been collapsing for decades or centuries, sometimes slowly and sometimes rapidly.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 18, 2017 at 11:17pm

Funny how to them, losing their ability to persecute whomever they want is persecution.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2017 at 10:27pm

It's not a collapse, Bertold, but an evolution, that dirty word which evangelical creationist Christians so loathe.  It's peculiar that, even though Christianity was likely the dominant belief system 200+ years ago, it failed to dominate or even significantly influence the formation of our government, except in the notations of Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution, and later, the First Amendment.  Two hundred years later, when the New Deal threatened an inchoate corporatocracy, they used religion to obscure their own purposes while trying to play a long game to recement their own power base.

The problem is that, in the intervening time, another player entered the game – us, and those who represent us, whether you want to talk about the ACLU, the FFRF, or Americans United.  It's a matter of Paradise Lost, or more accurately, privilege lost.

 
 
 

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