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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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What is the purpose of life?

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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Religious fascism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Saturday. 7 Replies

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Tags: Saffron, Fascism", Christian, Hindu, fascism

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Sky God Dec 31, 2014. 11 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, 2014. 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

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Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25, 2014. 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 Steph S. on September 18, 2012 at 10:30pm

Just reading all the posts here.

Hope everyone is doing well today.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2012 at 8:47pm

Change the subject for a while, okay?

Comment by Loren Miller on September 18, 2012 at 8:35pm

"Life begins at conception."

Sure, right ... even if that life is that of an anencephalic embryo ... or a fused twin ... or a chimera or some other description?  How detectable is that to some country doctor without advanced equipment, say in a rural area, without easy access to the kind of facilities some but not all US citizens enjoy?

The process of creating human life is a gauntlet, a 40-week stretch of too many kinds of challenges, dangers and biological minefields.  It's estimated that 40-50% of all fertilized eggs get flushed out with the next menses, and that something like 5-7 percent of pregnancies don't survive the first trimester, not to mention other potential affectations of genetic and other sources.  Yet mankind has survived to this point, and indeed, is beginning to spread beyond this planet's ability to sustain its quickly increasing numbers.

There is no single metric I am aware of which would say, past this point, the gestating being is fully HUMAN, not even at 40 weeks, without the sophistication of modern medicine.  That sophistication is available to many, but hardly all.  Someone ... I DARE you ... try to legislate the dynamics of a pregnancy so that all those who can survive will, and even then, what of the choice of the mother?

I have said this before and will repeat: it is women who bear this responsibility.  They deserve the right to be trusted with the contents of their own bodies FIRST.  The men who may have participated in that process may deserve input, but it remains the woman's body FIRST.

As was said some time back: Trust Women.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2012 at 7:52pm

The people I have a problem with are the ones who want it written into our laws that "life begins at conception."  How can they tell?  It takes up to 8 days after an ovum is fertilized for it to reach the uterus and implant itself there.  All that while the cells are dividing.  And it's estimated that more than 50 percent of all fertilized eggs fail to attach at all.

So are they human at that stage, or what?

Comment by booklover on September 18, 2012 at 6:46pm

Sorry Greg, but it's not your body.  Doesn't matter what you want.  You can't force a woman to grow another human being in her body. And as for using caps, I will use what I want to make my point.  By telling me what to use, you are being condescending.  I don't know what man doesn't know that, by having sex, there might be a chance that a woman gets pregnant, and if she does, and decides to keep it, they have to pay for that child.  Sorry biology didn't work-out the way you wanted it.~ MELINDA

Comment by booklover on September 18, 2012 at 6:35pm

Where did I say that Robert?  I actually wish no one would have a late-term abortion, but if the mother's life is in danger SHE COMES FIRST.  I still think what another person does with their body is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.  I didn't say I LIKED abortions, especially late-term abortions.  But it is the PRIVATE business of a WOMAN. I kinda think you're a troll...

sk8eycat, so sorry you had to go through that with that jerk, but awesome that you knew your own mind and wonderful of your employer for helping you.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 18, 2012 at 5:16pm

Robert, from the outset, I said that you were entitled to your views and practice them as you see fit, just as I have mine.  I don't presume to tell someone else that they have to run their life according to my rulebook.  I don't have that right.  Neither do you.

Comment by Robert Brown on September 18, 2012 at 5:01pm

One other thing for Loren and even booklover

I thought I should include the definition of a bigot here.  I do have strong opinions, but it seems that my views are more flexible than are yours.

Bing Dictionary
intolerant person: somebody with strong opinions, especially on politics, religion, or ethnicity, who refuses to accept different views
 
Merriam-Webster
a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2012 at 4:54pm

Loren, this quote came to mind while I was reading posts in here.

Pardon him, Theodotus, he is a barbarian, and thinks that the
customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
-- George Bernard Shaw
Comment by Robert Brown on September 18, 2012 at 4:30pm

Been a busy day it looks like.  I actually love true debate like this.  That is why I was so upset with the discussion stopping use of the term bigot and got me originally posting.

Where to begin, I guess first, in my earlier response I stated I believe a baby becomes its own being or individual after its own heart starts beating.  This can be detected around 9 to 10 weeks at the earliest so I think abortion is ok until then, and am even flexible enough to stretch it until actual viability which may be around weeks 20 to 24.  This would give plenty of time in most cases for a woman that was raped or in some other circumstance to end an unwanted pregnancy.

I am not 100 percent anti-abortion and I am not saying it is only for cases of rape or incest.  Any reason until it can be viable on its own is fine for me. 

Joan, your response about what I said regarding Liberals calling conservatives Bigots I didn't quite get.  I think you are equating all religious people being conservative or all conservatives being religious.

All of the burn in hell comments that religious people make to a liberal atheist, they also make to conservative atheists, my point was religious people in my experience are more willing to hearing athieist ideas than liberals are willing to hear conservative ideas.  Time and time again in life I have had liberals literally turn away from me and ignore what I am saying when they hear I am a conservative, or use a comment like you are a bigot to shut down the conversation and disregard ideas on that basis.  A religious person may say I will burn in hell, but I can still say why and then ask them to prove it.  The conversation isn't ended by a burn in hell statement.

I also get more upset when Liberals won't discuss subjects because they are supposed to be open-minded, where as religious people aren't thinking right to begin with.

I know the religious right and left aren't on any of our sides until they get unbrainwashed.

To booklover, I just think it is sad that anyone will say it is ok for a mom to kill her unborn child at 7 months, 8 months, or even the day before the due date.  It may be her choice, but what happened to our humanity to be so cavalier about the awsomness of a woman bringing a new life into the world.  And even with my dislike of death a day before due date, I know there are always circumstances that can't be controlled like auto accidents and cancer's that may make saving the mom necessary.  I am not talking about the exceptions, but the rule. 

And Joan, good for you on adopting a child. I agree that every child should be wanted and in your case an unwanted, unaborted child became wanted and had not only a better life, but a life in itself because of it.

I say give a child a chance to grow up and be a good or bad adult and judge them by their actions in life.  Don't assume because they will have a tough or unwanted childhood that they will be bad or worthless.

  

 
 
 

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