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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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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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Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Wednesday. 7 Replies

Valerie Tarico put up an excellent article yesterday on marketing efforts by “entrepreneurial” churches, including use of client…Continue

Tags: religious marketing

Christian privilege: A threat to our American values (Kristi Winters)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jun 3. 5 Replies

I came to learn about Kristi by way of my favorite YouTube dude, Steve Shives.  She may not be as prolific as Steve as it comes to video production, but when it comes to taking a topic and being utterly, scathingly on point, she shows many of the…Continue

Tags: government, christian privilege

Republican Theocracy (AronRa)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 1. 5 Replies

At least some of us here on Atheist Nexus know who AronRa is.  We know that he's a great well of knowledge, who tends to dig deeply into a topic, who researches thoroughly, especially on matters which impact the relationship between the secular…Continue

Tags: church, state, dominionism, R J Rushdoony, Texas

An Atheist / Antitheist Manifesto, by Brian Dalton

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 22. 8 Replies

The original title of the following video was: "The Way of the Mister: Atheist Fundamentalist," but having watched it twice, I can't escape the feeling that my moniker fits as well and perhaps a bit better.  In 20 minutes and change, Brian Dalton…Continue

Tags: fundamentalist, manifesto, antitheist, atheist, MrDeity

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Comment by sk8eycat 2 hours ago

It IS brilliant!  And I'm halfway through rereading Fortunate Son for the 3rd or 4th time.  Makes me want to take the entire Bush family out and shoot them before they reproduce some more .  But they aren't the only ones....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 7 hours ago

A great comic about deserved wealth.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:26pm

Ruth, the graph tells an interesting story. I wonder what the family income was for people those years? I'll have to see if I can find out. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:22pm

Tom, thanks for the book lead,  Petr Kropotkin, in Mutual Aid; a factor in evolution. I downloaded it. My goodness, he has a lot of references. It will be a fun one to read. 

Petr Kropotkin, in Mutual Aid; a factor in evolution

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:16pm

Signed! 

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 21, 2015 at 6:56pm

Which initiative, sk8eycat?

There were four in all, two each year.

In each of those two years, I was one of hundreds of voters who gathered voters' signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would amend the Government Code to take out the bribery and extortion that legislators can do.

In each of those two years, the legislature put an initiative on the ballot that would enact a few reforms but let them continue the bribery and extortion.

In each of those two years, voters wanted reform and passed both initiatives. Enough voters still trusted the legislature and its initiatives got a few more votes than our initiatives. And so, the legislators continued the bribery and extortion.

We decided that if they would not change their practices we would change their faces.

And so our third initiative called for term limits. It's a simple idea and the legislature was unable to confuse voters with another initiative.  

We knew term limits was not the best idea, but the legislature twice screwed us. They earned term limits.

Those who want to stay in government for more than two terms now have to persuade different sets of voters to elect them.

 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 21, 2015 at 2:36pm

sk8eycat, I agree with you about Bernie's Israel stance.

Alan, I think you preference for less government is doomed. Climate Destabilization will probably force the world to experiment with global government out of desperation. Climate negotiations among nations is classic tragedy of the commons.

On another note:

Comment by sk8eycat on June 21, 2015 at 10:24am

That's what I mean.  They go from the Assembly to the state Senate, and back and forth to whatever other elective, or appointed job they can get.

I knew that effing initiative was an unfunny joke when it was first proposed, and campaigned against it.  Loudly.  It's a stupid idea.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 21, 2015 at 3:47am

sk8eycat, term limits suck for at least two reasons. They take power from legislators and give it to bureaucrats. They end the terms of both honest legislators and dishonest legislators.

Many Californians wanted to take the bribery and extortion out of campaign financing and TWICE put propositions on the ballot that, if the voters approved them, would do that.

Both times, the legislature screwed all Californians. Do you know how they did it? Do you want to know?

The reformers, not wanting the legislature to screw voters a third time, put the easier-to-understand term limits on the ballot and they passed.

The California legislature earned term limits.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 21, 2015 at 12:59am

Term Limits: "Musical Chairs" for politicians. 

 
 
 

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