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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 Grinning Cat Dec 20. 10 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 sk8eycat on September 18, 2012 at 4:54pm

Loren, this quote came to mind while I was reading posts in here.

Pardon him, Theodotus, he is a barbarian, and thinks that the
customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
-- George Bernard Shaw
Comment by Robert Brown on September 18, 2012 at 4:30pm

Been a busy day it looks like.  I actually love true debate like this.  That is why I was so upset with the discussion stopping use of the term bigot and got me originally posting.

Where to begin, I guess first, in my earlier response I stated I believe a baby becomes its own being or individual after its own heart starts beating.  This can be detected around 9 to 10 weeks at the earliest so I think abortion is ok until then, and am even flexible enough to stretch it until actual viability which may be around weeks 20 to 24.  This would give plenty of time in most cases for a woman that was raped or in some other circumstance to end an unwanted pregnancy.

I am not 100 percent anti-abortion and I am not saying it is only for cases of rape or incest.  Any reason until it can be viable on its own is fine for me. 

Joan, your response about what I said regarding Liberals calling conservatives Bigots I didn't quite get.  I think you are equating all religious people being conservative or all conservatives being religious.

All of the burn in hell comments that religious people make to a liberal atheist, they also make to conservative atheists, my point was religious people in my experience are more willing to hearing athieist ideas than liberals are willing to hear conservative ideas.  Time and time again in life I have had liberals literally turn away from me and ignore what I am saying when they hear I am a conservative, or use a comment like you are a bigot to shut down the conversation and disregard ideas on that basis.  A religious person may say I will burn in hell, but I can still say why and then ask them to prove it.  The conversation isn't ended by a burn in hell statement.

I also get more upset when Liberals won't discuss subjects because they are supposed to be open-minded, where as religious people aren't thinking right to begin with.

I know the religious right and left aren't on any of our sides until they get unbrainwashed.

To booklover, I just think it is sad that anyone will say it is ok for a mom to kill her unborn child at 7 months, 8 months, or even the day before the due date.  It may be her choice, but what happened to our humanity to be so cavalier about the awsomness of a woman bringing a new life into the world.  And even with my dislike of death a day before due date, I know there are always circumstances that can't be controlled like auto accidents and cancer's that may make saving the mom necessary.  I am not talking about the exceptions, but the rule. 

And Joan, good for you on adopting a child. I agree that every child should be wanted and in your case an unwanted, unaborted child became wanted and had not only a better life, but a life in itself because of it.

I say give a child a chance to grow up and be a good or bad adult and judge them by their actions in life.  Don't assume because they will have a tough or unwanted childhood that they will be bad or worthless.

  

Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2012 at 4:22pm

"Sure you can overturn Roe, even with what should be stare decisis status.  You won't stop abortions, not so long as there is a demand for them."

Thank you, Loren!

I knew by the time I was 13 that I was not fit to raise sane children, and that I never wanted to try.  So, in the summer of 1959 I was 19 years old, pregnant, and 2000 miles from home.  The guy who said he loved me suddenly revealed that he was already engaged and couldn't/wouldn't marry me.  All I could think of was finding a building in Sioux City that was tall enough to jump off of and die. 

Somehow my employer found out, and through connections found an MD who was willing to do a D&C in his office after hours.  Without anaesthesia.  It was expensive (for me... $300...a lot of money in 1959), scary, and painful, but I have never regretted it.  Not even for a minute.

And I would do it again, if I had to.  But I won't, now. 

Hooray for menopause!

Comment by booklover on September 18, 2012 at 3:07pm

Joan, what an apt picture.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2012 at 2:59pm

Milt Priggee 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2012 at 2:51pm

Robert, You wrote, "With medical technology increasing, a baby or fetus if you prefer has greater and greater viability to survive at an earlier time outside of the womb.  So if it can live outside of the womb, how is it not its own individual with individual rights?"

Have you ever worked with battered children or women, or boys placed in ranches for violent behaviors, or in prisons with men and women who have some incredibly awful stories to tell? I have worked in all these conditions and I am of the opinion that every child born be a wanted child. 

I had five miscarriages before I was able to carry to term. Each death was like a death of a "born" child. I wanted children so badly, we adopted a five day old boy and five-months thirteen-days later our twins were born. For two weeks I had three children under six months and I was in heaven. I was even able to nurse all three. 

What about children born to mothers who don't want them? Are you going to adopt them? Or the State of whatever? or the USA? Who is going to care for them, teach them, confront challenges and have to be resourceful and compassionate, even in the worst of times. 

As I type this in my garden, my eldest son brought me a cold glass of water and chatted for a minute. He is a jewel and I am so glad to have him. He knows and has always known I wanted him, love him, respect him. Had his mother decided to abort him, I would not have him as a loving, caring, attentive son. However, she had the right to make that decision. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2012 at 2:33pm

Robert, you wrote, "When we conservatives disagree with liberals we think you are wrong, but when liberals disagree with conservatives, not only are we wrong, but we are bigoted and many other disparaging names"

Do you have any idea of the responses we get?, "You will burn in eternal fire of damnation", a rather judgmental kind of language. 

Or we hear, "You have no morals or ethics." EXCUSE ME! Such comments come out of pure, unadulterated ignorance. 

Or we hear, "You don't have Jesus, or god, or whatever, on your side!"

DO YOU REALIZE YOU DON'T HAVE THEM ON YOUR SIDE? 

HOWEVER, you are absolutely correct, when I hear, see or think about gods I think of the most objectionable character in all fiction, demanding and arrogant about it, irrelevant, corrupt, revengeful, abusive, ruthless, mass executioner, misogynistic, misanthropic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capricious, malevolent, bully, and thug. 

Comment by booklover on September 18, 2012 at 2:00pm

Robert.  A woman who lives and breathes on her own trumps an embryo that can't. PERIOD.  And since you are not a woman, you don't even need to worry about it.  Someone else's body is NEVER YOUR CHOICE. EVER. EVER. EVER. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2012 at 1:56pm

Robert, when you wrote, "pro-abortion folks conveniently forget the human life in the woman and only focus on the mothers rights", I understand your angst and a part of me feels the same way. BUT, the consequences to a woman for having an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy is overwhelming. Just stop and think about it for a minute; It takes more than a woman being pregnant, and if she is alone, or if she has no means of support during the pregnancy and raising a child, or if she conceived from a blood relative, or from an attacker, why would you want to subject a woman to those challenges? Do you have any idea what it would be like to be caught in such circumstances? Or even the very human situation of being carried away by passion, forgetting consequences, leaves terrible options. What about the woman who has more than she can handle, for whatever reason and doesn't want to be pregnant? I know! She has the responsibility to think before she conceives, but let's get real here; did you think before you released your sperm? Do most men? 

It would be so nice if every woman had a loving partner, had access to resources of food, shelter, health care, in order to meet basic needs, and had resources for family planning, but can you honestly stand in judgment of a woman who lacks any of these resources? 

I am anti-abortion for myself, but each woman has to decide for herself and has the right to do so without permission from anyone or   being shamed by those who have their right to choose. I stand for woman's right to make decisions about her own body. If you are troubled by the thought of killing an unborn child, well, get over it; life happens while making other plans. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 18, 2012 at 10:02am

Sorry, Robert, what you're talking about still amounts to removing a right granted to women - that of controlling their own bodies.  Insofar as I'm concerned, the whole issue of fetus viability is a smokescreen to equate viability with person-hood, and it won't wash.  Ultimately, the aim is to stop abortion altogether, to illegalize it, and from where I sit, that's an unachievable task.

Why?  For openers, I remember before Roe v. Wade.  I remember jokes about coat hangers which weren't funny and back-alley procedures which frequently took the life of the mother, never mind people of means (read: MONEY) who went to Scandinavia to get their abortions with zero fuss raised on this side of the puddle.  I also note with interest that even Italy, the home of Vatican City and of Humanae Vitae and all the crap which comes with the church, even there, a woman has a CHOICE.

Sure, you can overturn Roe, even with what should be stare decisis status.  You won't stop abortions, not so long as there is a demand for them.

 
 
 

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