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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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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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Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Dogly 2 hours ago. 11 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

How Wall Street makes you poor

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck 7 hours ago. 2 Replies

The Driving Force Behind America's Warp Speed Decline into an Unequal SocietyLes Leopold exposes the methods Wall Street…Continue

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Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

For the past 40 years, we have seen the erosion of safety nets for small business and wage workers. Income Gap between wealthy and poor grows, exponentially now.…Continue

Tags: wealth, poverty, bubble, WinCo, Walmart

It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Nov 17. 23 Replies

It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, was officially removed from the Vatican's Supreme Court, and demoted to chaplain of the Knights of…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:30am
"Is anyone else's patience frayed to the snapping point with self-proclaimed progressives who bandy the term traitor at Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald and who proffer the platitude that these men committed a crime and they should be willing to be returned stateside due to their treasonous transgressions? (To be submitted to torture, I suppose, as was the case with Bradley Manning.)

"In reality, Snowden's and Greenwald's offense consists of this: Revealing the totalitarian nature (worse than Richard Nixon's and George W. Bush's offenses against Constitutional guarantees) of the Obama administration (that has prosecuted and jailed more whistleblowers than all U.S. administrations combined) and the consequent hypocrisy of his habitual apologists who would raising an indignant cry up to the high heavens if a fraction of these anti-constitutional, anti-human rights violations had occurred during, let's say, a Romney administration. 

"By these actions, you partisan tools have destroyed any credibility you might have possessed when protesting the authoritarian outrages of Republicans. Of course, that subtlety will never occur to you. Such is the nature of partisan jerk-rocketry."
~ Phil Rockstroh
How can a USA citizen stand tall and proud while our presidents use torture that yields unreliable information, there is a "KILL LIST" authorized by our leader, Constitutional law breaking without recourse, jailing whistleblowers who reveal things that the public needs to know? To not stand up against these abuses of power cannot make our nation stronger. It erodes our principles, even we have never lived up to them. 
There is no honor in saluting a flag of a corrupt nation.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:12am

The government, military/industrial complex, Chamber of Commerce, and Oligarchs want our nation to be strong. That is a noble goal. 

By what means do you intend to accomplish that? 
By withdrawing support of food for our poor? 
By giving corporations the power of a single person? 
By deficit spending? 
By tax cuts to the rich, 
By corporate tax cuts and loopholes? 
By military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan? 
By killing people without trial? 
By destroying other people’s villages and infrastructure? 
Explain to me how these policies and practices make USA strong?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 23, 2013 at 3:23am

Joan, thank you for all of those.

I copied/pasted the Genesis pic to an MSWord doc and grew it to 5 by 5 inches. To help xian friends explain I will show them copies.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:46pm

Life begins at conception ... no ... at first breath ... no ... I'm confused ... no ... the believers are confused. 


Thanks Rebecca York

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:43pm

ALLOWING!? There is the source of your delusion. Women have minds, bodies and spirits and need no one's permission or direction. Get over it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:41pm

"Atheists shouldn't be ashamed of their Atheism. Atheism is something to be proud of, it is a reflection of serious thought, and coming out helps others who are struggling to come out as Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, or nonreligious."

Jonathan Figdor

Shame doesn't belong to the women, non-whites, anti-religious and LGBTQ.
It resides in the minds, beliefs and actions of people who are misogynists, racists, bigots, homophobic and supremacists. 


Being a skeptic, questioner, doubter, examiner, unbeliever, infidel all reflect an independence of thought, and taking responsibility for one's self and respect for others. There is value in diversity.

We humans are a part of a tree of life, a web that includes many other species, Diversity is the key word here. We participate in life with many other organisms and have no right to feel superior. 

 
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:15pm

From where is all this attitude of entitlement coming? It isn't coming from women, non-whites, atheists, or homosexuals.

Come on now, LOOK! Be real, don't deny who is doing the hating in these situations. Who is thinking they are better than others? Who decides? Why do they make that decision?

Hate-mongering is coming from misogynist, racists, bigots, and homophobics. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:05pm

If we believe we are a rich nation, can support exponential growth of our population, either by having many children, or keeping an open door to immigrants, then we have to face the facts. More people in a declining economy means more poor women having babies they can't afford or don't want, and not having the resources to give their children access to decent health care, education, housing, and opportunity.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:03pm

It may seem quite innocent to those who do not understand how crude, rude, disgusting they sound to people who believe in human rights. Paula Deen's sugar-sweet countenance masquerades a vile thinking system with values quite deplorable.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 8:59pm

A tour of Ireland with a group of feminists with Padregin McGillicuddy as our Irish guide revealed some interesting things about pre-Christian Ireland that you may enjoy reading. Reading this script of one of her radio shows makes me feel like Pady is right beside me telling me this story in person. 


"The Pat' Ri-Arch Revealed: A Feminist View of St. Patrick
by Padraigin McGillicuddy
1981

"Under the Brehon Laws, marriage was a wonderfully flexible institution. Not a hint of the sacrosanct, it was a contract only, and the laws were quite specific on who could enter into such a contract. Excluded were men who were barren, impotent, property-less, very fat (being too obese to do IT) and indiscreet men who babbled the secrets of the woman's bed. Now you know women had a hand in devising that list! Very similar to one I'd propose in the wisdom of my forty years.

"The fundamental concept was that fluctuations occurred in sexual affections (nothing novel there), but rather than make them illegal or pretend they didn't happen, it was better to legislate for them (and there's where their sensibleness outshines us).

"Therefore they compiled no less than ten different contracts for marriage for:
- unions of equal rank
- women supported by the man
- men supported by women
- a concubine or "loved one" as the Gaelic would have it
- women and men keeping company, but not living together permanently and neither wholly supporting the other
- the abducted woman (she and her child had legal rights)
- the wandering soldier and his spouse
- forced or deceitful unions
- union between the insane"

 
 
 

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