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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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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 2 Replies

Some days ago, Congressman John Boehner (R - Ohio) wrote an op-ed piece entitled, "…Continue

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 5 Replies

TomDispatch  http://t.co/nKYjnph4Ke"For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  …Continue

Why we're headed for another Great Crash

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 2. 1 Reply

Thom Hartmann makes a case that we're driving the economy to another Great Crash.The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.... corporate banks have ... discovered that instead of lending money to…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2012 at 1:54am

Joan, Re: "Why should an atheist respect something he/she does not respect."

Years ago I heard a talking head on a TV panel discussion say," I disagree with him completely, but I have to respect his beliefs." and I yelled at the screen, "WHYYYYY?"

Ever since then I have used this statement: "I respect a person's right to believe whatever they want to, but I don't have to respect what he/she believes."

There is a difference.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 17, 2012 at 11:33pm

A picture is worth...

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2012 at 6:50pm

The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in a...

Is it not interesting that religious individuals and institutions, concerned about intolerance against them, express fear that religious intolerance is on the rise, even as various different religions express intolerance against GLBT, family planning, women's right to control her own body, women in leadership positions, and intolerance of other religions?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2012 at 3:22pm

Chris Martenson, Crash Course, Chapter 20
There is a very simple decision making tool that I use, and Chris Martenson used in this video. Place a problem statement on the verticle axis with a "True" or "False"; place an option statement on the horizontal axis with a "True" or "False". Then answer the questions in each of the four boxes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2012 at 11:51am
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Comment by Steph S. on September 14, 2012 at 7:04pm
And I also agree with you Booklover and Tony!
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Comment by Steph S. on September 14, 2012 at 7:03pm
Enjoy reading your posts Joan!
Comment by booklover on September 14, 2012 at 5:47pm

Joan, I can't stress enough how much I agree with you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:58am

Should Atheists Respect Religion and Theism?

Why should an atheist respect something he/she does not respect. I don't respect anyone to causes pain to GLBT, or limits opportunity for those with whom he or she disagrees, or bombers of abortion clinics, or using taxpayers money to support his/her religious practices, or religion getting into politics. 
I do not want to be under the political control of  Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha'i, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Rodnovery, Celtic pagan, Heathenry, Semitic Neopaganism, Wicca, Kemetism, Hellenic Neopaganism, Roman neopaganism.

Religion or no-religion is the right of an individual or groups. Religion  has no place as a doctrine, constitution, or laws. 

For religious individuals or groups to demand respect or acquiesce is an indication of weakness, not strength. 

An individual deserves respect as a living organism, but beliefs do not. 

Remaining silent in the face of differences implies agreement. Under no circumstance do I want to be interpreted as thinking religion is a positive force in nature. 

 
 
 

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