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You fund Climate Deniers for Congress

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck on Monday. 1 Reply

"I don't contribute to Climate Change Deniers!", you say? But do you use Google, Microsoft, UPS, AT&T, Ford or eBay? (For a more complete list of Climate Denier patrons -…Continue

Tags: corporate evil, corporate hypocrisy, Climate Denier hypocrisy, greenwashing

Neo-Liberal gut of health care soon to hit the fan

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Richard C Brown Sep 7. 2 Replies

Few news reports on the Ebola epidemic include the political and climate change context that created it. Many actually offer bland reassurance that first world countries could easily handle Ebola. In the US, rural areas are especially unprepared for…Continue

Tags: conservative priorities, hospital closings, emergency preparedness, Ebola

Free market creates monopoly - no market, no freedom

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Aug 22. 10 Replies

Barry Lynn explains that a monopolist doesn't have to control 100% of a market. With the US having thousands of markets controlled as monopolies, we suffer the Economics of Destruction.What monopoly means is that a company has sufficient control of…Continue

Tags: free market economics, monopoly

Turns out that lawsuits have rules (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 6. 4 Replies

So ... now that John Boehner and the House of Representatives have decided that the most important thing on their agenda is suing President Obama for having the unmitigated nerve to want to accomplish something during his second term of office, it…Continue

Tags: rules, president, Barack Obama, sue, John Boehner

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Comment by Robert Brown on September 18, 2012 at 8:57am

Wow Loren, as a conservative atheist it always amazes me listening to liberals. When we conservatives disagree with liberals we think you are wrong, but when liberals disagree with conservatives, not only are we wrong, but we are bigoted and many other disparaging names.

I think a human is its own person after it has its first heartbeat. So I am against abortion after that, but pro-abortion folks conveniently forget the human life in the woman and only focus on the mothers rights.  What about rights the woman or man growing in her womb?

And this opinion of mine doesn't just make me wrong in your eyes, it makes me Bigoted? Way to "respect" the right of people to have different opinions folks.

Don't get so hung up on the name calling the way religious people do when they disagree with someone. I am not going to hell because I don't believe in a god and I am not a bigot just because I value the life of an innocent unborn child over the reproductive choices of women that had chosen to have unprotected sex and got pregnant.

Please keep in mind that not all atheist are liberals, so just because we are right that there is no god that doesn't indicate that everything we believe in is also true.  The name calling is a lazy way of not having to find a reasonable way to counter an argument.  They are a bigot, so I don't have to even consider their point of view justified.

And coming from a conservative point of view, I have received more discrimination in expressing myself from liberals than religious people.  At least religious people hear me out as an atheist and will try to befriend me to convert me.  Liberals often just shut down conservative conversations with name calling so they don't have to deal with opposing views.

 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 18, 2012 at 7:49am

Melinda, the problem with too many such people is that they think they have the right to discriminate, to be bigoted, and to make their bigotry universal.  When their ignorance is educated to the contrary, then they think their "rights" have been infringed upon when they never had such rights to begin with.

Meanwhile we're stuck tolerating their intolerance, or so goes the supposition ... except that we DO point out their behavior and intolerance and its deleterious effects ... and they get all upset again.

May be the closest thing to perpetual motion that man will ever get.

Comment by booklover on September 18, 2012 at 7:42am

Joan that is EXACTLY RIGHT.  We have to respect others right to believe something, but we do NOT have to respect the belief. 

Ruth, Awesome pic of the difference between the Koreas! :)

Comment by booklover on September 18, 2012 at 7:35am

Thank you Joan.  I learn so much from you.  There are so many smart people on here to learn from, and I'm very grateful for that.

As to the religious fearing that they are having their rights taken away, while in the mean time they try to take away the rights of others, like you mentioned, LGBT, Women's reproduction, etc., I just find that kind of thinking really scary.  It's scary because they can't see the other side of it.  They truly believe that because what THEY believe is right and true, that they aren't taking away rights that other people should be allowed to have.  And there are so many of 'them.'

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2012 at 6:04am

Ruth, such a stark contrast between North and South and the photos say it all. 
sk8eycat, my new motto:  "I respect a person's right to believe whatever they want to, but I don't have to respect what he/she believes."

Steph and Booklover, I thoroughly enjoy reading your comments; we recognize challenges exist even as we enjoy living. 

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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