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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

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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. 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 March 30, 2017 at 4:24am

Thanks, Bertold, for the link to 

‘Religious Freedom’: A Euphemism for Our Times

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2017 at 4:22am

challenging religious privilege in public life

‘Religious Freedom’: A Euphemism for Our Times

"Despite the fact that the actual piety of Donald Trump has always been open to question, the list of people for whom he has expressed hatred nonetheless won him the votes of 81 percent of white evangelicals and 60 percent of Catholics in November. And lest we assume that Trump’s removal from office would make America secular again, an army of white supremacists and theocrats is waiting in the wings."

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 30, 2017 at 12:02am
Bert, Republicans are willing to destroy lives if doing so will increase the profits of fossil-fuel industries. Trump is signing the necessary laws.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 29, 2017 at 8:32pm

This would pretty much fit in most groups or discussions. A less than comforting consideration.

‘Religious Freedom’: A Euphemism for Our Times


By Richard E. Wackrow | 16 March 2017

Posted by Church and State

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 29, 2017 at 2:49pm

A “Gadsden flag” with not one but two coiled rattlesnakes, Trump and the GOP, swallowing each other. Motto underneath: “DON’T TREAD ON US, WE’RE EATING”

My reaction:

(kitty 'praying' with caption) From your mouth to Ceiling Cat’s ears

I hope they do destroy each other, while we still have a workable democracy and a livable planet!

(Yes, with a nod to the meme that prayer is as therapeutic and as effective as talking to your cat!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2017 at 2:47pm

Don't forget to ask Senators and Representatives to take the nuclear football out of tiny hands.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 27, 2017 at 7:07am

Great response, GC. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 26, 2017 at 9:35pm

Joan, thanks for that interview with all unverified and false statements redacted! (Ruth, you're right that the president* said wiretapping directly and literally.)

There was an SF book The Truth Machine, about a near-future society where an apparently unbeatable voice-analyzer lie detector has been invented. In that society, political candidates who refused to be interviewed using the Truth Machine quickly found themselves unelectable.

Bertold, on Bill Donohue of the Catholic endorsing gutting funding for the arts because it supports things he considers "perverted", here's how I commented off the cuff at Joe.My.God.:

You want perverted and immoral, Bill?

$598 billion of taxpayers' money funding our armed forces (more than the next seven countries combined!). You shouldn't need a commandment to know that killing people is almost always wrong.

And the surplus military equipment given to increasingly militarized police forces, and grants like $34 billion from DHS for police agencies to buy things like tanks and drones, which end up being used in misguided raids that kill innocent members of racial minorities... Black lives matter!

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/11-shocking-facts-about-ame...

If we're allowed to claim privilege for our deeply held beliefs, millions and millions of citizens would withhold our tax money from THESE outrages!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2017 at 6:46pm

Give Drumpf a truth pill, and either: 

  1. He would gag on it, or
  2. His brain would implode.

Other possibilities may exist.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 26, 2017 at 6:43pm

Great article about the redacted interview, Joan. But, "When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes," wasn't true, so that should have been redacted too. 

If TV prerecorded every political speech and interview and ad, and redacted everything that wasn't verifiable truth, it would go a long way toward sanity.

 
 
 

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