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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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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 on Tuesday. 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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 15. 10 Replies

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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 Plinius on June 24, 2013 at 4:16am

Thanks for Daniel Somers' letter, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:08am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:07am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:05am

Is he a traitor? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:04am

Michael Yon 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:00am

"So I watched "Man of Steel" today.

"At one point, when he is fighting the bad guys from his home planet, they tell him "The fact that you possess a sense of morality, and we do not, gives us an evolutionary advantage. And evolution always wins."

"As a biology major who knows that this is absolutely incorrect, I laughed my head off for about four minutes at this blatant Christian attack on evolution. It was so obvious and so funny, I just couldn't help myself laughing. I went into the movie having been warned it had Christian undertones, but this terrible representation of  evolution got me going.

"In fact, altruism, and the morality that stems from it, is an essential aspect of the evolution of social animals. It's about as far from the truth as you can get, to claim that no sense of morality incurs an evolutionary advantage. However, I can see how Christian conservatives would eat it up. It's so sad.

~Andrew~
That is right. An individual standing alone is raw meat for the predator. It is through working together cooperatively that great advances occur in health, productivity, and community. 
Humans who understand this prosper, and so does the group.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:56am

Oh! this is right on target!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:54am

Morgan, you are correct, it is not fear that is the underlying problem, it is sick thinking that generates the fear.

Morgan Freeman, "I hate the word 'Homophobia'"

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:49am

"Fracking refers to the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting fluid into cracks to force them further open. The larger fissures allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formation and into the wellbore, from where it can be extracted. 

"Fracking has resulted in many oil and gas wells attaining a state of economic viability, due to the level of extraction that can be reached."

Definition of 'Fracking'

Why would we be trying to get more oil out of the ground, when burning fossil fuels contaminate our air? What causes climate change? Too many volcanos erupting? Yes, it is a factor. Too many cows pooping? Yes, that adds to the pollution. Methane oozing from melting tundra? Yes, that makes things worse. So why do we fracture our rocks, contaminate our aquifers, burn more fossil fuels and expect to be able to reduce CO2?

Somebody is crazy and it is not me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:44am

Of course fracking contaminates groundwater. That is what fracturing means, fracture the rocks so liquids flow more easily. What is so hard to understand about that? It is so simple. It doesn't take a degree in geology to recognize that fact!

EPA Now Won’t Finalize Its Study That Showed Fracking May Have Cont...

 
 
 

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