Our perspective today comes from Penelope Lane, via Patheos, as she explores polygamous relationships . . . one of the major “Mormon Fundamentalist” issues. If you don’t like that sex trafficking takes place, then you might as well accept that the practice of polygamy can easily translate into the same sort of thing in the guise of a ‘family’ environment.
The Answer is Yes! A group of artists is much like any other group of people– comprised of different personalities and beliefs, often changing as they navigate life.
We’re happy that James Cameron found atheism for himself; goodness knows people should be free to seek. What of those who’ve no conviction one way or the other? Ah, to be the most open-minded is always the most trying. . . living between the constant battles of deniers of and believers in god(s).
How dare such staunch [militant] atheists regard agnosticism as “cowardly atheism”; which, is not much different from the proselytizing followers of gods pointing fingers and applying pressure to join ranks.
How can one– especially of the artistic world of film– draw such thick lines to cross, and spend energy to belittle those most open to every life? Perhaps he’s since come off such staunch positioning. Only time can tell.
Where are you, dear reader, regarding agnosticism?
FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler discusses how bible classes in public schools create the illusion of being secular despite obvious religious elements.
As mentioned in “When Dems Disappoint”, the Democratic Party has somehow developed a sect intent on the kind of personal interferences a free people should not have to worry about in their society. Democrats for Life, religious or not, seem to aspire to the same sort of propaganda as our latest, craziest, extreme-religious Republicans in deciding the futures of the poor through lower-middle-class people in ways they’d never accomplish with those who are financially better off.
Repeated legislative actions, against the personal lives and pursuits of individuals and families in their own interests, have taken a toll and Dems– like Republicans– continue to lose respect as a party on which to rely.
Democrats for Life are just as nutty as their Republican counterparts. #DNCSalon https://t.co/NuZPw1dgdp
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 28, 2016
Yet saviors exist who could save the Democratic Party’s image
On the other hand, also referenced in “When Dems Disappoint“, there are still those Democrats who are willing to take the stands U.S. Americans expect on topics of economy, religious freedom, etc. Where will these progressives end up? If it’s true that the days of a Republican Party are coming to an end, then we may be looking at a future of Democrats, Greens and Independents. What do you think?
Some would call secularism a religion in the most academic demeanor, while others would call it so in an ironic display of negativity, the usual allegation: that the secular suppress the religious to virulent degree. The secular are regarded as oppressive in much the same way that workplace evangelism and the like are considered oppressive (by more persons than can say so without fear of social retribution from a stringent and vocal majority).
What is secularism?
secularism – n. “doctrine that morality should be based on the well-being of man in the present life, without regard to religious belief or a hereafter” (1846)*
* “secularism”. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 27 Jul. 2016. <Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/browse/secularism>.
We tend to have a general idea that people of Jewish faith are modern enough. We see people of the religion as capable of moving and dealing in public society due to an established secularism that has offered a kind of freedom to take advantage of a worldly system in various degrees in pursuit of survival. In fact, most of us have this in common. But, are Jewish religious leaders applying a new pressure to their own secular counterparts in an attempt to minimize secularism? After all, why the preference for Clinton over Sanders among the DNC Wasserman leadership?
Now we suspect that Sanders didn’t get a fair shake of the process, since WikiLeaks disclosed the DNC Wasserman team plot to orchestrate a favorite pick. Although I’ve personally been cognizant of a problem in the Democratic Party over the last several years regarding a failure to stand strong on principles of individual freedom, always placating the Republicans, I’d never realized they’d go to such lengths to destroy one of their own greatest-potential candidates . . . especially by working against what should be their own principled arguments.
The good news about the Democratic Party lately is out of Texas, of all places. Read more about that here.
What about you, dear reader . . . any thoughts? Here we were sitting back watching the Republican Party get odd and break apart, and now suddenly the Dems are fracturing up as well.
A large part of our work today– in fact, the main reason we find ourselves having to ‘come out’ as seculars– is in reminding old democrats, and convincing new democrats, to support the original secular cause of our nation. This, in the face of political aggression and uncounted workplace and other micro aggressions by wanton evangelicals with various negative effects of an evangelized public and political system.
One twitter user makes a valid point regarding some of the frustration many Americans have experienced over past 50-70 years, as we’ve watched some of our supposed representatives turn toward endorsements of religion through governance during times when we should have been stronger in our commitment to true national unity. In case you didn’t know, Ronald Reagan was a Republican, who was first a popular Hollywood actor, then Governor of California.
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