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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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"Tax Free" - a Music Video by Betty Bowers, Music by Joni Mitchell

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Sunday. 5 Replies

I can hear it now: "Wait a minute!  What is a music video doing in a group called, 'Politics, Economics and Religion?'  Betty Bowers is more about satire and parody than any of those issues.  Shouldn't this be in another group?"And I have to answer…Continue

Tags: church, Tax Free, Joni Mitchell, Betty Bowers

Controversial Recovering From Religion Hotline a Hot Commodity

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 30. 4 Replies

According to Valerie Tarico, business is hot and heavy at the new Recovering from Religion Hotline. If so, this is…Continue

Tags: escaping religion

Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms - Michele Merkel (TEDxManhattan)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 30. 0 Replies

Think your food and/or farming isn't political?  Think again.  Michele Merkel has been up against the corporate factory farm system, initially with the EPA and later as an independent campaigner when the EPA caved to corporate pressure.  In the…Continue

Tags: EPA, farms, factory, , Michele, Merkel", TED

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2015 at 9:50pm

Howard Zinn's words ring as true today as in 1970. We need the citizens of the world to unite. Do you remember the Workers of the World Unite? I wonder if that group is still alive? Perhaps it time ... no, it is past time to breath life into the Workers of the World. Those who benefit by Laissez faire capitalism, call those who disagree with them "Communists" "Pinkos", "Commies", "Liberals", "Socialists", "Reds",  "Leftists", "Nazis" and "Fascists".

Put any label you want to on people who work hard, pay their taxes, treat others fairly, pay attention to what happens when wealth is concentrated at the top one %. I, proudly, claim to be a worthy citizen of the w orld with concerns for all workers who support families and participate in communities as good members of society.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2015 at 7:36pm
Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2015 at 9:24am

Would be as boring as the hours I spent in my parents' fundie protestant chuch. The one thing I learnt there was telling myself stories, writing poetry etc. while looking like someone who enjoys the sermon...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2015 at 8:56am

From Valerie Tarico - 

10 Reasons Popular Versions of Christian Heaven Would be Hell

Why This Heaven Would Be Hellish

To many people the biblical description alone is enough to make Heaven sound unappealing, especially if you then add the company of noxious but professing public figures like Pat Robertson, Mel Gibson, Sarah Palin, Ken Ham, or Anita Bryant. (Why does God have such a bad marketing department?) But the problem isn’t just bad company. The closer you look, the more the Bible’s version of paradise seems like another version of eternal torture. Let me spell it out.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2015 at 7:07am

Blasphemy has something in common with sodomy - neither should be considered a crime, assuming no non-willing participation is involved.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2015 at 1:39am

Heard on BBC World Service: the International Humanist and Ethical Union is campaigning to abolish blasphemy laws, which exist in about a quarter of the world's countries. IHEU "says that, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, the time is right for countries to abolish laws that protect religious sensibilities. But blasphemy laws nevertheless remain popular in many parts of the world."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31047401

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2015 at 1:35am

p.s.: The Guardian article about Alexis Tsipras refusing a religious swearing-in also quoted a party activist who's a devout Orthodox Christian, who said that the new prime minister's 'choice of a secular oath was, paradoxically, an act of respect for the church and its integrity. Rather than appropriating religious rituals for political ends, as previous leaders had done, he was "ac­knowl­edging the sanctity of church services and behaving with respect to all of us (practising Christians)... Instead of him taking a false oath, we will offer him our sincere prayers."'

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2015 at 1:24am

In a dramatic break with tradition, Greece's new prime minister took a civil rather than religious oath of office.

From The Guardian: "Here’s the moment that Greek radical leftist party SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras signed the official protocols after being sworn in (using a secular oath) by president Karolos Papoulias."

From The Economist:

GREECE'S new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, made history within hours of his victory by informing the Archbishop of Athens, very politely, that clerical services would not be required for his swearing-in ceremony. An avowed atheist who has nonetheless made a point of dealing courteously with senior clergy, Mr Tsipras lost no time in making known that his oath of office would be a secular procedure. It was also explained that when the whole cabinet was sworn in, a more junior cleric (but not the archbishop) would be invited to assist those who wished to take a religious oath.

It's hard to overstate what a rupture this marks with the ceremonial culture of Greece. For as long as anybody can remember, every senior office-holder, from socialists to right-wing dictators, has assumed the post with a ritual involving Bibles, crosses and often holy water, sprinkled about with a sprig of basil.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2015 at 7:41pm

A few choice words from the Rude Pundit on Sarah Palin's speech at the recent Iowa Freedom Summit:

The most hilarious part of this is that conservatives are saying that the speech wasn't "serious" and that watching it was "painful." Joe Scarborough called it a "tragedy" that she had fallen so far, apparently not understanding the difference between tragedy and comedy.

Really . . .? This was the speech that made you decide Palin was not going to be president one day? 'Cause, see, the rest of us knew she was a fraud and a puffed-up idiot, a wannabe player, and a power-mad gorgon from the start. We didn't need this babbling cartoon character, this monster with a gaping maw, gorging on fame and attention like a snake on a rat, to blither through one more parade of faux folksiness, like Hee-Haw was her Critique of Pure Reason.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2015 at 6:04pm

 
 
 

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