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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 Grinning Cat on June 6, 2013 at 11:36am

Two Congressmen insist the U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee the right to vote -- and they've introduced a proposed amendment to fix this.

Mark Pocan, a representative from Wisconsin, has joined with Keith Ellison from Minnesota to introduce a new constitutional amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives that guarantees everyone 18 years and older the right to vote in elections. [...]

Pocan said he was inspired to support the amendment after a voter ID law effort in Wisconsin was defeated because of a “right to vote” clause in that state’s constitution.

“Even though the right to vote is the most mentioned right in the Constitution, legislatures across the country have been trying to deny that right to millions of Americans, including in my home state of Minnesota. It’s time we made it clear once and for all: every citizen in the United States has a fundamental right to vote,” Ellison said when the bill was introduced.

PolitiFact analyzed their assertion that there is no explicit right to vote in the Constitution, and found it True.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 12:36am

Medea Benjamin v. President Obama: CodePink Founder Disrupts Speech...

This woman has a voice that needs to be heard. 

"CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin describes why she repeatedly interrupted Obama’s address. Benjamin, the author of "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control," criticized Obama for failing to explain why a U.S. drone in Yemen killed the teenage U.S. citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki in 2011. "I was very disappointed. He said that his policy is to capture, not kill. That’s just not true. I know personally of many incidents where it would have been very easy to capture people, like the 16-year-old Tariq Aziz in Pakistan, who was in Islamabad at a well-known hotel, but instead was killed by a drone strike two days later," Benjamin says. "I think the president is really justifying the use of drones, which will continue to happen under his administration and be passed on to the next."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 12:25am

Memorial Day Special: U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return ...

It is my dream that mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, children and grandchildren stand with U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as they return their war medals at NATO Summit. 
To willingly send our loved ones off to a war such as USA wages now does our loved ones no honor, nor does it honor those who come home wounded or dead. We are at a new epic change in human history. We can no longer send our people armed with explosives and poisons in order to resolve a conflict. We are capable of so much more. There are other ways to solve problems.  

Homo sapiens will either grow into our new capacities, or destroy all that is precious and good in our species. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2013 at 10:50am

NTSB: No clearance signage at Skagit River bridge

River-level view of the collapsed section of the I-5 bridge. May 25, 2013.

"when a truck carrying an oversize load hit the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River, the concrete surface of the bridge deck “slid off the girders, like frosting sliding off a cake.”

“The bending and buckling of the bridge is telling our investigators where the failure originated and how it propagated.”

~ National Transportation Safety Board, Officials 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2013 at 10:15am

Don’t Tread on Me. Either.

"The GOP likes to talk values, so let’s talk values. What does it say about a country that delays or cuts corners on treatment for 9/11 First Responders (the Zadroga Bill stalled for years by Republican Congressmen)? What does it say about a country that forsakes its commitments to active duty soldiers and veterans (Republicans voted against: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, a pay raise for the troops, extending the G.I. Bill for children of fallen soldiers, and a tax incentive for businesses hiring veterans)? What does it say about a country that cuts back on the hiring of teachers and firemen in order to save the wealthiest 2 percent some money (Senate GOP blocks Obama’s Jobs Bill)?

"The true measure of a people, of a nation, is how it cares for its own. Flag waving isn’t patriotism. Sacrifice is."

Stephanie S. Wilkins

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2013 at 1:49am
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 2:14pm

Joan Baez- Bread and roses

"Bread and Roses" a speech given by Rose Schneiderman;

"The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too."  inspired the poem Bread and Roses by James Oppenheim. It is associated with the textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusett, Jan-March 1912. The words appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 1:49pm

"Be of good cheer, this, too, will pass!" 

~ Lee Hays, The Weavers 

Weavers Re-union Concert - Get up and go

However, it won't pass if no one gets up and goes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 1:31pm

Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert, from "Wasn't That a Time?"

The spirit of being fully alive and fully participating in life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2013 at 1:18pm

Tom, I do see the similarities. I am old enough to remember the end of the Depression and WW II, and am interested in history enough to know what happened before. I know of the exploitation of labor by profiteers, whether individual or national, and I have written about and named the exploiters. 

The general public either doesn't know, doesn't care, doesn't want to know or whatever, about what is happening, why, and how. We become comfortable as a middle class USA citizens enjoying the labor of others around the world who work slave wages, and we think we are smarter than they. Well, we are not smarter, we are complacent, lazy, gullible and greedy. 

As I made my journeys around the world, talking to people, seeking out answers to my questions, I saw a very different world than people who travelled as tourists. They could not see suffering right in front of their eyes. I went to a carpet making place in Turkey where 8 year old girls worked long hours for virtually no pay and squalid living conditions to create those beautiful rugs for tourists to take home. Tourists did't even know the living conditions of the weavers. When I questioned rug buyers, they said at least they were supporting the labor of those little girls. I asked for evidence, and they had none. I did, because I sought out the living conditions of little girls who weave rugs to make money for their lords. 

Government that is on the side of corporations and business do not realize the real wealth of USA is produced by workers who make goods and services, and they need protection from moneyed interests. The company store and homes pay wages that equal the costs of stores and homes without enough left over for workers to buy health care, education, and other things that improve the quality of life. 

Labor unions, though too often corrupt, helped to equalize power between management and labor. International Workers of the World were active in Spokane during the mining days and in Seattle during the lumbering days. They were persecuted, shot, and ultimately defeated. I don't think they will remain quiet now when we need them. At least, that is my hope. 

 
 
 

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