Daily Topics - Tuesday April 26th, 2011

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Correction: Re: Conservatives' attack on public education 4/25...PFAW did not say, "The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being..." They were quoting the Hearltand Institute who said it.

Hour One: What is the fate and future of the economy?

Hour Two: Is Chernobyl's legacy the future for Fukushima...and America? Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear

Hour Three: Bankrupt states of America? Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal

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WendyBluEyez's picture
WendyBluEyez 9 years 21 weeks ago
#1

Religion is a for-profit business - plain and simple. As such, they should not be offered tax exempt status.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 9 years 21 weeks ago
#2

You take a plane,
Followed by a train,
And then you go
For a walk in the rain.

Then some guy tells you that you're covered with radioactive water.

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Lisa K. 9 years 21 weeks ago
#3

Agreed! But futhermore, we should not be surprised that Christianity is so entwined with politics. When Christianity was in it's infancy, competing with many other similar salvation oriented belief systems, it was fragmented with many conflicting concepts coming out of interpretations of Jesus' message. The Roman Empire was also in turmoil as it was breaking up. It was Emperor Constantine, recognising the political uses of religion who declared he was miraculously "converted" to Christianity. He then gathered certain Christian leaders and set the approved standards for Orthodox Christianity, which handily enforces the idea of the political leadership as appointed by God, and denigrates women, self responsibility, and free choice. It also declared as Heresy those groups which had woman leaders, democratic ideas, and anything else that did not enforce the Monarchy.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 9 years 21 weeks ago
#4

I think the "divine right of kings" came more from the Holy Roman Empire. Once the Pope crowned a political leader, it became a bandwagon, even though the "holy" moniker went back and forth between the French and Germans without delegitimizing whichever one didn't have it. The second, and possibly more important, step was when an emperor tried to excommunicate the pope and suffered for it.

Heh. We sound like Adams and Jefferson, arguing over whether state ruins church or church ruins state.

Trump has told us how he and the Republicans plan to steal this election: can we stop him and save our republic?

Thom plus logo Donald Trump became president by exploiting a loophole called the Electoral College. The majority of Americans did not want him or vote for him as president, but he's there anyway.

Now he's planning on using a different loophole, the 12th Amendment, to hang onto power.
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From Cracking the Code:
"No one communicates more thoughtfully or effectively on the radio airwaves than Thom Hartmann. He gets inside the arguments and helps people to think them through—to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen
From Cracking the Code:
"No one communicates more thoughtfully or effectively on the radio airwaves than Thom Hartmann. He gets inside the arguments and helps people to think them through—to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."