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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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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago. 9 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 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

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 20, 2013 at 7:12pm

Joan, I hope you see the similarities.

In the decades between the Civil War and FDR's New Deal, corporations treated employees here in the US of A as badly as they are now treating employees in other countries. And the government was on the corporations' side.

My mom's father was self-employed and did okay. I don't like to think of how they treated my dad's father; he and his family were among the urban poor in northern Kentucky.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 6:03pm

Apple Avoiding Billions And Billions Of Dollars In Taxes

"Cook’s proposal is likely to be for a “tax repatriation holiday” and a “territorial tax system,” both of which mean giant, multinational companies like Apple will pay less in taxes, people like Cook will have even more money, and We the People will end up with higher taxes, fewer good schools and good roads and police and teachers and the other things government does to make our lives better. As a bonus, this makes giant multinationals that move jobs and profits overseas even more competitive against smaller American companies that keep jobs and profits here and do not have foreign “subsidiaries” located in tax havens."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 12:35am
Tony, this was bound to happen. Religious people are well known for being creative when it comes to collection plates. A great article.
Comment by Plinius on May 20, 2013 at 12:34am

Everything is rigged --- doesn't surprise me at all. But I'm glad when the truth emerges, Joan!

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 20, 2013 at 12:27am
Is that an ATM in the church lobby? Credit and debit card swipe machines in churches may startle some of the pious, but such kiosks, already present in some houses of worship.
 
Found this quite interesting. Don't I remember some story about some dude running the merchants and money lenders out of the temple? Maybe it was only in my dreams.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 19, 2013 at 7:02pm

Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

"Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything."

"If true, that would leave us living in an era of undisguised, real-world conspiracy, in which the prices of currencies, commodities like gold and silver, even interest rates and the value of money itself, can be and may already have been dictated from above. And those who are doing it can get away with it. Forget the Illuminati – this is the real thing, and it's no secret. You can stare right at it, anytime you want."

~ Matt Taibbi

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2013 at 12:22am

"Yes, I do have proof God does not exist. It is perfect and Irrefutable. I'm not going to show it to you however. You cannot detect it in any way. You cannot deduct it from the laws of logic either. You might claim that I do in fact have no such proof, but you have no proof that I don't. Sound familiar."
~ Rune Friberg

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2013 at 5:24pm

"The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."

~ Dr. Joseph Mengele

(1911- 979) Nazi German SS officer and a physician in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, known for performing grisly human experiments on camp inmates, including children, for which Mengele was called the "Angel of Death"

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2013 at 1:40pm

"Monsanto’s talk of ‘technology’ tries to hide its real objectives of control over seed where genetic engineering is a means to control seed, “'Monsanto is an agricultural company. We apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world \produce more while conserving more.”

“Producing more, Conserving more, Improving farmers lives.” These are the promises Monsanto India’s website makes, alongside pictures of smiling, prosperous farmers from the state of Maharashtra. This is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India from the company’s growing control over cotton seed supply — 95 per cent of India’s cotton seed is now controlled by Monsanto.

Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers. Monsanto’s concentrated control over the seed sector in India as well as across the world is very worrying. This is what connects farmers’ suicides in India to Monsanto vs Percy Schmeiser in Canada, to Monsanto vs Bowman in the US, and to farmers in Brazil suing Monsanto for $2.2 billion for unfair collection of royalty. Through patents on seed, Monsanto has become the “Life Lord” of our planet, collecting rents for life’s renewal from farmers, the original breeders. Patents on seed are illegitimate because putting a toxic gene into a plant cell is not “creating” or “inventing” a plant. These are seeds of deception — the deception that Monsanto is the creator of seeds and life; the deception that while Monsanto sues farmers and traps them in debt, it pretends to be working for farmers’ welfare, and the deception that GMOs feed the world. GMOs are failing to control pests and weeds, and have instead led to the emergence of superpests and superweeds." ~ Dr. Vandana Shiva

The seeds of suicide: How Monsanto destroys farming. http://truththeory.com/2013/04/14/the-seeds-of-suicide-how-monsanto...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2013 at 1:10pm

Faith has no place demanding agreement or punishing disagreement.

Thanks to Doubting Thomas

I have faith in and believe the sun will set tonight and rise tomorrow and I know what time and from what place on the horizon this event will happen. The basis of my faith and belief is evidence. I predict and observe it every day of my life. 

To have faith in and believe the sun stopped in its journey across the sky cannot be proven, other than hearsay evidence. No court will accept such evidence as fact. Even eye-witness accounts have a very high probability of being wrong ... just list to different versions of an auto accident or a natural disaster or an unidentified flying  object. 

 
 
 

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