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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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"Tax Free" - a Music Video by Betty Bowers, Music by Joni Mitchell

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 5 Replies

I can hear it now: "Wait a minute!  What is a music video doing in a group called, 'Politics, Economics and Religion?'  Betty Bowers is more about satire and parody than any of those issues.  Shouldn't this be in another group?"And I have to answer…Continue

Tags: church, Tax Free, Joni Mitchell, Betty Bowers

Controversial Recovering From Religion Hotline a Hot Commodity

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 4 Replies

According to Valerie Tarico, business is hot and heavy at the new Recovering from Religion Hotline. If so, this is…Continue

Tags: escaping religion

Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms - Michele Merkel (TEDxManhattan)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

Think your food and/or farming isn't political?  Think again.  Michele Merkel has been up against the corporate factory farm system, initially with the EPA and later as an independent campaigner when the EPA caved to corporate pressure.  In the…Continue

Tags: EPA, farms, factory, , Michele, Merkel", TED

Atheists: In godlessness we trust (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 19. 4 Replies

A Sunday morning in church is not in the cards for those who say they're "beyond belief" -- beyond belief in the God of Scripture, anyway. And for some, the abandonment of their faith wasn't easy. Our Cover Story now from Mo Rocca:Visit Jackson,…Continue

Tags: CBS, atheism, Sunday Morning, Openly Secular, CBS News

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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
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2012 at 3:00pm
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 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.
 
 
 

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