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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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Ebola: much worse ahead

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Alan Perlman Oct 21. 5 Replies

Much worse to comeDo the math => fear 2015.When you look at the numbers for Ebola's…Continue

Tags: global pandemic, Ebola, exponential increase

Guess who's holding up US Ebola funds

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Tags: James Inhofe, Ebola funding

Two little-known statutes may make religious belief superior to the law of the land

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 4. 4 Replies

Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the unintended consequences of two U.S. statutes that could, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, “permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.”…Continue

Tags: Constitution, RLUIPA, U.S. Constitution, courts, Supreme Court

Growing appetite for religion in U.S. politics

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Sep 25. 6 Replies

A new Pew Research survey, conducted September 2-9, finds that "the share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should…Continue

Tags: religion losing influence, religion in politics, U.S. politics, Pew Research, same-sex marriage

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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

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2012 at 4:23pm

Crash Course Chapter 3: Exponential Growth

Here is a numbing reality! 
World population 7,039,139,883, September 13, 2012
http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html


World population 4,453,000,000, 1980, my first year after graduation

Table 1328. Total World Population: 1980 to 2050

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 10:47am

John D, thanks for the feedback; I shall rethink my position and I appreciate the information.
My first reaction is that inflation doesn't help wage earners whose wages are flat, as they have been since the 1970's. I am on a fixed income, retired, and 20 years ago I could fill my car for $12.00, now it is $32.00. If the wage earner has flat wages he/she faces the same dilemma as I. If the wage earner is unemployed, the same consequence. 

As to correlating beauty with intelligence, always a risky assumption. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 10:19am

A Mysterious and Beautiful Woman Confronts Paul Krugman about Infla...

Pay particular attention starting at 2:58, "there have been people who did nothing wrong, be unemployed and have their lives destroyed, is just part of the way the capitalistic system is supposed to work."

~ Paul Krugman 

 
 
 

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