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Politics, Economics, and Religion

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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Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 6 hours ago. 7 Replies

Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Kimmel, monsters

Skepticism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 14. 7 Replies

We, you and I, claim to live in a democracy, a place where the rule of law stands higher than the rule of man. We believe such fallacies because that is what we learned in school, from the first time we stood tall and proud and repeated the "pledge…Continue

Tags: propaganda, tRump, manipulation, fraud, mendacity

The Republicans are going to kill Robert Samuel White's mother.

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 5. 1 Reply

This Twitter thread from Robert Samuel White, telling his family's story and reacting to yesterday's House passage of the American Health "Care" Act that will…Continue

Tags: GOP, Republican Party, Republicans, Greedy Old Party, insurance

Agriculture and religion have much in common, other than bull shit.

Started by Joan Denoo May 4. 0 Replies

Sixty some years ago I started college with a major in horticulture at Washington State College (now university). The first day of class, our prof, Dr. Woody Kalin, explained to us that we would be working with soil, and there was a difference…Continue

Tags: probability, opportunity, possibility, preferability., revolution

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Comment by Joseph P on June 6, 2016 at 5:39pm

Steve Shives is currently reviewing a book that is arguing that the enlightenment was actually a bad thing, Cat.  They're definitely out there.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 6, 2016 at 7:12am

|    ...they're only saying it for their credulous sheep, ....

They and the GOP do have credulous sheep.

Who else has seen the three small ebooks titled Liars for Jesus? I have them and the lies xians tell amaze me.

If we had the money to put their lies on billboards, ....

Just dreaming...

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2016 at 12:22am

Back to general political commentary:

The Five Circles of Conservative Hell, which nicely illustrate what they're really out to "conserve":

The Five Circles of Conservative Hell: [outer to inner] Preserve Cultural Privilege / Preserve the Aristocracy / Repeal the New Deal / Repeal the Constitution / Repeal the Enlightenment

(h/t Ruth)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 31, 2016 at 9:06pm

Joseph  - if you're interested, Jerry Coyne posted an interview with the author, followed up by a rebuttal with Lawrence Krauss (a real friend of Christopher's) 

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/taunton-vs-krau...

Comment by Joseph P on May 31, 2016 at 12:04am

That's even more preposterous than the usual shenanigans that they pull, Bertold.  We already have real articles that Hitchens wrote from his death-bed.

I'd say that it's ridiculous, since they're not fooling anyone, but they're only saying it for their credulous sheep, not anyone who would know better.  A lot of the religious sheep will accept the most ludicrous things without examination, as long as those things confirm what they want to be true.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 6:42pm

Ruth, there isn't sound on the GIF with Trump & Sanders. Can you send me the URL for that video clip, please?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 30, 2016 at 5:29pm

Everyone here is probably familiar with the fact that religionists are trying -- in a move as absurd as all their marketing shenanigans but even more brazen than most -- to claim that Christopher Hitchens underwent a last-minute conversion to Christianity. This (it's only a) theory has been laid out in the execrable book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Athiest by Hitchen's (supposed) friend, Alabama Evangelist Larry Alex Taunton.


In an opinion piece on today's Guardian Website, Matthew

d'Ancona very neatly lays any such delusions to rest.


Christopher Hitchens and the Christian conversion that wasn’t


Entire article here.


This is his wrap-up:

It is tempting to write off this book as no more than an outburst of epic self-deception. But its craven purpose – to claim Hitchens posthumously for evangelical Christianity – is to defame a man who was a champion of the Enlightenment and an enemy of all systems of thought that elevate one caste (priestly, or otherwise) above the rest. It is a shoddy tactic in the culture wars that began in America but are spreading in battles over theocracy, identity and social uniformity.

Far from being the double agent of the author’s addled imagination, Hitchens incarnated the pluralism in which he believed so passionately, revelling in the contradictions that are the hallmark of the authentically modern self.

He had no religion, other than friendship. Laughable in itself, Taunton’s Judas kiss serves notice yet again that the literalists of all faiths respect absolutely no limits in pursuit of their higher cause.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 7:29pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 6:50pm

Tom, I agree that Democratic Superdelegates and the Electoral College both function to protect the establishment from voters.

Here's a gif that captures the moment for me.

Comment by Joseph P on May 22, 2016 at 12:55am

Err, was anyone fooled by the purpose of those two mechanics?  I would have thought that even the dimmest bulbs amongst the Fox-News-only voters would be aware of that, at least in regards to the electoral college.

 
 
 

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