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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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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 yesterday. 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

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

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

Started by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 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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The things I remember

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 15. 4 Replies

The things I remember about The John Birch Society, founded in 1958 by a candy entrepreneur, Robert Welch, who, in 1961, said the government of the United States was “50-70 percent” Communist-controlled and Dwight D. Eisenhower was a “dedicated,…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on September 13, 2017 at 2:04am

Clinton did sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

I went to Catholic schools and in college in 1953-54 I did a term paper on SCOTUS church and state rulings. Since then I have followed SCOTUS, reading their rulings and criticisms of their rulings, especially on the First Amendment's speech and religion clauses.

As I recall, it was the SCOTUS ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that gave the RFRA a bizarrely pro-xian interpretation, saying closely-held corporations could have religious views. As if "paper persons" (lawyer slang) are natural persons.

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 12, 2017 at 9:55pm

   As best as I can understand it, Bill Clinton signed into federal law the  Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The intent was to protect the American Indians their culture and land from government intrusion.Of course, the Christians say, "HEY! why should only the American Indians have this privilege !? .. and thus they join the band wagon and use this law to protect their rights to enforce their views.. such as the Hobby Lobby Inc and the gay hating woman , Kim Davis.

  Since then, many states followed through with their own religious protection acts.

Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2017 at 4:43pm

Yes, I remember hearing that, but thought it was Reagan who ''opened the floodgates'', for everyone to begin being swamped.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2017 at 4:30pm

It actually started with Eisenhower, as documented by Kevin Kruse in One Nation Under God. God in US politics is mainly a  Repuglican thing. Eisenhower opened the door, Reagan issued mass invitations. I don't know what Clinton did. Bush Jr. opened the coffers and Dolt 45 is tearing down the wall of separation.

Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2017 at 3:07pm

I thought it was a Reagan thing.......

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 12, 2017 at 2:49pm

I blame Bill Clinton for opening the floodgates of religious crap seeping into the government.

Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2017 at 2:39pm

Sickening!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2017 at 9:25am

Patheos


Report: CIA Director Mike Pompeo Brings Christianity To Agency
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Theocracy alert: CIA Director Mike Pompeo rejects diversity and promotes conservative Christian dogma within the Central Intelligence Agency.

A new report from Foreign Policy paints a dismal portrait of the CIA under its new, Trump appointed director, Mike Pompeo. According to the report, Pompeo is working to make the agency a bastion for white, male, Christian conservatives.

The Foreign Policy report explains:

The concerns are not that Pompeo is religious but that his religious convictions are bleeding over into the CIA.

According to four sources familiar with the matter, Pompeo, who attends weekly Bible studies held in government buildings, referenced God and Christianity repeatedly in his first all-hands speech and in a recent trip report while traveling overseas.
Commenting on the report, Raw Story notes:

Insiders — many of whom are afraid to come forward — say Pompeo’s religious beliefs are becoming part of CIA dogma to the dismay of longtime employees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2017 at 5:53pm

Can you imagine taking a baby to the baptistery and indoctrinating that child with beliefs such as this? Clearly, this belief does not need to be taught to an infant expecting to get a mentally healthy adult!

Coppo di Marcovaldo. The mosaic depicting Hell in the Florence Baptistery .jpg

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2017 at 5:49pm
  • Federal Funding, Post-Harvey: Three churches are suing the federal government over ineligibility for FEMA funding, raising the question: Where should the line on church-state funding be drawn? (Emma Green)
 
 
 

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