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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 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 Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:40am

This heart-wrenching message speaks so loudly about what is wrong with this crazy war, and the only thing that has changed is Daniel Somers is free of pain created by our government. Twenty two soldiers a day commit suicide. What if that many had stood up and refused to do the things demanded of them? That would be over 8,000 soldiers a year resisting orders. How long can our country continue to be a menace to our own soldiers and the people they are ordered to kill and cultures they destroy?

"I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This": A Soldier's Last Words

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:33am

Gender roles? Broverman, Broverman, Clarkson, Rosencrantz and Vogel, and many other researchers found in the 1970s that mental health professionals who interacted with men and women in emotional difficulty were biased toward traditional sex-role stereotypes and provided treatment that maintained and perpetuated the distress. Those stereotypes were based on religious teachings and were the cause of the distress.

Stereotypical sex-roles were definition as a mentally healthy    
male was independent, active, dominant;

A mentally healthy female was defined as dependent, passive and subordinate. 

A mentally healthy adult, sex unspecified was defined as independent, active, and dominant. 

These sex-roles do not lead to flourishing of the individual and thus create stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.  


How are sex-roles working for you?

Sex-role stereotypes and clinical judgments of mental health.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:19am

I know, it sounds crazy, but something happens to people when they win elections, they think they can replace medical professionals and require women to submit to their wisdom. Strange how political attainment doesn't have anything to do with good decision making processes in women's health care.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:14am

Believing there is a higher power working on one's behalf, only to discover nothing changes when praying and relying on it, that belief is based on delusions that create depression.

Run, don't walk, from your nearest religious influence. There is no  solution to depression there. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:07am

Doesn't it make more sense to put young people to work doing tasks that need to be done. We all benefit. With our declining standard of living, we could be handing out money for killing, or why not for rebuilding our nation and of the other nations we damage with our bombs and bullets?

Bernie Sanders’ Youth Jobs Plan That Will Create 400,000 Jobs Advan...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:03am

There are those who call Snowden a “traitor”, including politicians and he has had his personal safety threatened. 
Now he’s been formally charged with violating the Espionage Act—the same law used to charge Bradley Manning, who provided information to WikiLeaks. 
If our government does something illegal and a citizen reveals the truth to the public, he/she is not a traitor but a citizen performing his/her responsibility.

President Obama: Guarantee due process for Edward Snowden

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:59am

Have you ever read the bible cover to cover? I have. I can be no other than an atheist as a result.

A Compilation of Biblical Quotations by Barbara G. Walker

Thanks Richard Goscicki

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:56am
Have you ever stood at the top of a canyon with amazement for all the time and energy it took to create it? Or stood out under the stars on a warm summer night and glory at the space those specks of light represent? Or looked at all the diversity of living things and realize it all started as green algae in some pri-mordial sea? Or look into a microscope or through a telescope and wonder at all the many elements involved in natural things? The sense of wonderment, awe, and respect for all that exists gives me a feeling of great privilege to be conscious of all this in this extremely short period of time I have to live on this Earth and see all that is around me. I am part of a network of living things with all the elements required to make all living things survive.

"If you think that all of the answers to life's questions are in a book that was written by men who thought the Sun orbited around the Earth, you need a new book. A 3rd grade science book is a good start."
~ S

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:51am

There are outstanding teachings and practices one can find in Buddhism . When one gets into the mystical, magical dogma of mythology that grew up around him, I have to say "NO! Too much!" When I learn of the brutality of some Buddhist practices by some factions, again I can only say "NO!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:45am

How does one make a decision, solve a problem, resolve a conflict? Each person has a process; does it lead to flourishing, justice, peace?

Hitch didn't make any sense on his stand about the Iraq war. But then, he often didn't make sense on a lot of things. On the other hand (oh that darned other hand), he could let out a blast that would send my spirits soaring. How could anyone disagree with his, "It isn't what you think, it is how you think." It seems to me if one thinks critically, takes in information, observes, pays attention to consequences, is interested in a broad view of life, the outcome will be better than if one looks to others for answers. Sure, I want opinions. It is my job to sort it all out and decide what makes sense to me. 
Just look at the mess we are in now. Is that because people thought independently and expressed resistance to outrageous policies and practices. I don't think so. I think those who obey without thinking, who salute the flag without paying attention what is going on, who are patriotic to a corrupt government, who work for a dominionist, then that is how we get into this mess. Furthermore, underlying all this mess is religion. Any religion.

 
 
 

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