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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

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

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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 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. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:44am

Disagreement is Not Intolerance

"Disagreement is Not Intolerance; Saying Someone is Wrong is Not Intolerance. Irreligious Atheists are Justified in Criticizing, Arguing Against Religion."

How many time have you been confronted with, "Do you know Jesus?"

This question requires an honest answer, coming from whatever standpoint you have. 

Or, "You are going to burn in Hell."

First of all it is an opinion, but stated as a fact. That error should be pointed out quickly, harshly, and without any doubt. 

Or "I believe there is a god."

This statement is a valid one, should be acknowledged as valid, and then state your own position, whatever that is. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:35am

That should have read: 

Since when has silence been a cure for anything?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:32am

Criticism of Religions is Not Free Speech

"Criticism of Religions is Not Free Speech: Don't Abuse your Free Speech Rights by Offending Religious Believers"

EXCUSE ME! offense is standpoint specific. If you believe there is a god and I do not, we each have the right to state our positions, whether good manners or not. Since when has silence be a cure for anything? When evidence exists of exploitation and manipulation of people and resources then it is the responsibility of each one to take a stand and publicly. Manners in a civilized society requires differences of opinions 
There is a process that can be followed that cuts down on blaming and pointing fingers. It is simple: make "I" statements. 

"In my opinion ..."

"I disagree with you and here is my position." 

"I feel offended when you say ..." (One can't argue about feelings.)

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 14, 2012 at 9:31am

Let the silly season begin, even though this one still seems to have legs. I mean really, this has been to SCOTUS, already decided.

 

Should President Obama be removed from the Kansas ballot because a birther claims he was not born in Hawaii? http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/2012-election/kansas-state-board-may-remove-president-obama-election-ballot-over-birth
Over to you.
Comment by booklover on September 14, 2012 at 8:32am

My Brother-in-Law watches Faux News.  While my super-Liberal Mom and I were there visiting, they turned on CBS News both nights.  I think my Sister told him to to avoid our comments. lol

And I agree capitalism/communism both are man exploiting man.  Nothing wrong with a touch of Socialism like we have sharing roads, police, firefighters, libraries, mail, etc...

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2012 at 11:04pm

Greg, as always, insightful! capitalism/communism: man exploits man. 

Tony, Good article on Fox bias. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 13, 2012 at 9:21pm

I always knew Fox was biased, but really? Unbelievable. Another biased, liberal attack. This isn't really going on. Really.
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2010/12/09/leaked-email-fox-boss-caught-slanting-news-repo/174090

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2012 at 4:31pm

@John D, I have relooked at my sources, rethought the principles and conclude that capitalism as practiced as an excellent way to make a fortune ... for the few as it also make a poverty class. We are seeing it now, we saw in 1929 and 1893.  When owners of capital get out of balance with owners of labor there is an unwinding of the economy, thus Booms become Busts, Bubbles become Bombs. 

We have had this conversation before. We continue to be on opposite ends of the teeter-totter. 

http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/whitten.panic.1893

The Depression of 1893

 
 
 

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