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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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Ebola: much worse ahead

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck yesterday. 4 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 on Wednesday. 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 September 24, 2012 at 7:34pm

Koch Brother's Wealth 1999-2011

I wonder how many of their workers lost their jobs? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2012 at 4:19pm

Is there a web site that lists who owns what?  Like the Koch brothers have their dirty little fingers in a lot of different industries and products.  I buy supermarket generic products as much as possible, but I have NO idea who actually makes things like generic brand TP...or who owns Safeway, for that matter.

I sold my car, so I'm not buying oil and gasoline, but I use natural gas to cook (as little as possible - I "nuke" what I can)...and electricity.  Don't know where that comes from.

Back in the 1960s & '70s, one of my favorite writers was trying to "go green" before that became hip.  He was so proud of all his wood-burning heaters and stoves.  THEN he learned that individual householders burning wood (or coal) pollutes the air more than whatever it is giant utilities do to generate electricity.

We try, but we can't win.  And as you said, most product boycotts don't make a dent in some fat cat's profits.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2012 at 1:49pm

Tax Avoidance, Government Dependency, And Romney’s Boca Raton Host

I don't have any idea how to have the power to overcome these business practices, except boycott. If I voluntarily go on an austerity plan, know exactly how and who benefits by my spending dollars and then boycott them, I would at least fee

l better about myself. The benefit is a simpler life style. Get off the consumption merry-go-round and stop feeding the beasts. Want to join in the endeavor? Where to start? Cut up credit cards, know product sources, buy locally from producers of goods and services? Anything else you can think of and share?
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 7:08pm

Daniel, my paragraph didn't read very clearly, did it! I had the same reaction when I re-read it as you. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 23, 2012 at 6:42pm

Joan, to read your clarification then read the line "A little dust off, a splash in a pan of water and then to their mouths; their eyes sparkle with delight. "  That is so funny!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 23, 2012 at 3:48pm

Joan, that's delightful, in a snarky kind of way.  And it's all true!

One thing that was omitted was the female pelvis; in order for us to be able to walk upright (sort of), the pelvic opening for the birth canal is too narrow for our offspring to be delivered fully formed and able to walk the way other mammals' younglings are.  Thus the prolonged childhood and adolescence, and dependence on parents.

Of course, I think it would be ghastly to have to carry a fetus to toddler-size! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 1:25pm

Loren, as usual your words holds so much truth. I suspect I don't need to be as angry as I have been because I feel the bindings are now gone. Even though the issue is serious, it doesn't have to be grim. I read some history on J.D. Rockefeller this morning and realized how much his beliefs paralleled Romney's; we know how awful that turned out. Gaining great wealth on the backs of people who worked for them, and yet many citizens do not vote in their best interests. I am really interested to see how this election turns out. I have this silly vision of human beings bent into pretzels trying to make it in this Alice-In-Wonderland-world. I wonder if this generation of people-pretzels have to die off before we get our country back?

Hope your Sunday is relaxing and fun. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 12:04pm

Do I need to clarify that the kids don't eat the worms, it is the fruits, vegetables and herbs?

Comment by Loren Miller on September 23, 2012 at 12:00pm

Joan, society bends over backwards because so many of them have been co-opted by the lie of religion, and because they're afraid of retribution, either from the god they worship or their self-righteous neighbors.

Then, of course, we come in and throw a monkey wrench into their works by not accepting any of it and challenging all of it.  In places, we scare believers out of their wits ... and for multiple reasons, most of which have to do with lies told and lies hidden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 11:47am

Richard Dawkins, Society bends over backwards

Not being able to speak one's understanding of how the world works and how we are to function in living feels like a piece of masking tape over my mouth and a mind-binder over my brain that tightly prevents thought and speech. To what end? Who benefits? Who pay the price?
When confronted with a statement based on religious beliefs I must give my perspective. What good am I if I don't give my perspective? Am I just a mirror, or a CD of your beliefs? NO! Of course not. I am created with a mind and a mouth and I intend to use them both. If the evidence changes or my understanding changes, I am more than happy to change. Until then, expect me to speak and act from my best understandings.  

 
 
 

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