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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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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 12:45am

"What they mean by “success” is slashing wage levels and leaving the tax burden primarily on labor and lightly on capital gains, without spurring a revolution or even Greek style general strikes. The success is one of psy-ops and engineering of consent Edward Bernays style, rather than of successful economic policy."

Latvia’s Economic Disaster Heralded as a Neoliberal “Success Story”...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2013 at 11:23pm

US top 1% still 'getting richer'


The income of the top 1% of US households has quadrupled over the last thirty years.

However, at the bottom end of the scale incomes have barely changed.

Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explained to Ben Thompson how evident inequality has become in the United States.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 10:47pm

National Rifle Association

So, they want armed guards at all airports, every school, every bank ... where do we stop arming guards, when each one of us has an armed guard or are armed ourselves? When are we going to stop putting guns in people's hands and begin stopping the flow of guns into the population?

The kinds of weapons available to the public includes virtual machine guns, and high powered runs that pierce protective clothing. 

This is so stupid. Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association should be held accountable for all the arms in hands of disturbed, crazy, insane people and in hands of foolish, overwrought, and impulsive people. Oh Yes! that makes me feel safe!

Wayne LaPierre Falsely Claims ‘All’ The NRA's Money Comes From Small Donors,” Chris Brown of Media Matters sneers in triumph.

Who benefits by this man's ethics? How does he contribute to ending gun misuse? Does money speak louder than words? Is he an accessory to murder? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 10:26pm

How the National Rifle Association Rates Lawmakers

Lawmakers, run National Rifle Association out of Washington, D.C. Every dollar from tax on weapons should be spent on training people how to solve problems non-violently, and to pay for the carnage bullets cause. Stiffen gun ownership laws and stop illegal sales of guns. Your child may be next, one never knows where insanity and stupidity will lead. Better education, more skill training, and more payments to victims of gun violence offers a start to end gun violence. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 1:05am

Six facts about guns, violence, and gun control

 “The most striking features of the data are (1) how much more violent the U.S. is than other OECD countries (except possibly Estonia and Mexico, not shown here), and (2) the degree of change—and recently, decline—there has been in the U.S. time series considered by itself.”

Kieran Healy, a sociologist at Duke University

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 11:53pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 9:39pm

Thank you, Madukar, for this quote:

“The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.”

~ Henri B. Stendhal

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 2:00am

Glenn Greenwald: Woman Imprisoned for Life for Minor Drug Offense; ...

"The US is the world's largest prison state, imprisoning more of its citizens than any nation on earth, both in absolute numbers andproportionally. It imprisons people for longer periods of time, more mercilessly, and for more trivial transgressions than any nation in the west. This sprawling penal state has been constructed over decades, by both political parties, and it punishes the poor and racial minorities at overwhelmingly disproportionate rates."

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 1:13am

Dobson: Connecticut Shooting was God Allowing 'Judgment to Fall Upo...

Well, there you have it folks, that is about all I can tolerate of this sick, deluded, disgusting reporting of the Far Right. If you need more information you are going to have to get it yourself. I am about to vomit. 

"James Dobson dedicated his radio program this morning to discussing Friday's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut, which he attributed to the fact that God has "allowed judgment to fall upon us" because the nation has turned its back on him by accepting things like abortion and gay marriage" 12/17/2012

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 1:10am

Swanson: Having Gay Friends like Making Friends with Serial Killers

What can one say to such outrageous statements? Preposterous! Disgusting! Sick! None of these are strong enough. 

"Radical anti-gay activists are quite angry with Rick Warren over his interview with HuffPost Live where he said he is not homophobic because “I have many, many gay friends.” Warren also drew the ire of pastor Kevin Swanson who along with co-host Dave Buehner on Generations Radio likened Warren’s statement to someone boasting about friendships with serial killers, cannibals, child molesters and wife beaters."

 
 
 

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