Letter to the Ruling Class

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Letter to the Ruling Class

Source: DemocraticUnderground.com

Original: WeAintGotTimeToBleed.com

“You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!”

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Failure of Diplomacy: Supreme court ruling could lead to funding for religion

We have long held the tradition of the separation of church and state, and it was an important idea for some of our founding fathers — especially Thomas Jefferson. And while some of our fellow countrymen declare we are a Christian nation,

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Disgraced Ivory Coast Dictator Gets Support From U.S. Religious Right like Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck

IVORY COAST – Laurent Gbabgo, the now captured former leader of the Ivory Coast is getting a good deal of support from the Christian Right, including Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck.

Mr. Robertson, who ran for president as a Republican in 1988 and founded the Christian Broadcasting Network, has been more enthusiastic in his support of Mr. Gbagbo. He has also been more overtly interested in Mr. Gbagbo’s status as the Christian candidate.

In January, Mr. Robertson said on his television network that Mr. Gbagbo is “a Christian, he’s a nice person, and he’s run a fairly clean operation in the Ivory Coast.” MORE

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Creep of the Week: Matt Barber

Well, you’d better do it fast, because Barack Obama is trying to take this God-given duty and religious right away from you. It’s no secret that LGBT students get bullied at school. In fact, it’s no secret that kids who get bullied at school are often

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JOB CREATOR OR JOB DESTROYER?

GE boss Jeff Immelt runs a company that routinely eliminates jobs and hammers unions. So why is he the White House point man on job creation?

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Protesting War Abroad and Austerity at Home

Protesters made the connection between militarism abroad and austerity at home at antiwar demonstrations in New York City and San Francisco.

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Opposing the War Machine in Overdrive

Antiwar mobilizations this weekend can be an important step in rebuilding a movement against escalating wars abroad and repression at home.

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Why Nuclear has to go

Japan’s disaster has exposed the simple fact that corporations and politicians want to hide: Nuclear power is neither safe, efficient or peaceful.

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Never a Force for Good

In every U.S. military intervention, the justifications concocted for public consumption differ substantially from the U.S. government’s real aims.

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Anti-Gay Tour Organizer Comes Out for Gay Marriage, Renounces Hate

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Corporatism is about the cult of the self by Chris Hedges

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A Militarized Economy Cannot Balance the Budget By John Perkins

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Economic Hitman John Perkins, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

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Catholic Church Targets Proponent of Women’s Ordination; Feminist Theologian

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, while he was a senior official for Pope John Paul II, envisioned a leaner, meaner church, one with conservative doctrine and compliant faithful. Now that he is Pope Benedict XVI, his dream is coming true.

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What Happens If the Bible Is the “Owner’s Manual For Life”

“……news outlets are portraying the budget showdown over Planned Parenthood funding as one about “abortion.” It is not. It is about defunding the other services Planned Parenthood provides, not just because it also provides abortion, not just because the religious right doesn’t like the other stuff it does, but because the religious right model is that God’s will should guide your reproduction. As the religious right heroine Michelle Duggar says, “Our motto is obey first, understand later.”

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Trashing the First Amendment

The Christian press generated enough energy this week to power a small city, gloating over a 5-4 Supreme Court decision allowing the continuance of an Arizona program to subsidize parochial schools through tax credits. The Christian Post, for example, chortled that “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that dollar-for-dollar income tax credits for donations to private religious schools are constitutional.”Either these folks are too dumb to read (which I don’t think is the case), or they are deliberately misleading the public. For the Supreme Court most emphatically did not rule the Arizona religious subsidy program constitutional. The Court did something even worse: it said it didn’t give a damn whether the program was constitutional or not, because no mere taxpayer has the right to challenge it in court.

For many decades, there has been no question but that direct government appropriations to fund religious education in parochial schools violate the First Amendment rule that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” In 1997, politicians in Arizona, anxious to curry favor with the minority who decline to send their children to public schools, tried a different way to skin the same cat. Instead of paying money directly to the schools, they would give taxpayers a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit, up to $500, for contributions to “scholarship funds” that in turn pay the money over to private schools – including those specializing in teaching children that I deserve to burn in hell because I don’t worship Jesus Christ. In some years, as much as 92% of the scholarship funds were paid to religious schools.   MORE

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Foundations of human morality

Sam Harris caused a bit of a stir with his recent book The Moral Landscape.” While it upset religious apologists (gods didn’t come into his argument) it also caused debate among philosophers, scientists and fellow atheists.  Clearly his contribution was welcome and useful – but not all agreed with his ideas.

Most, but not all, of the criticisms relate to the question of a foundation or basis for human morality. I will leave aside, for the moment, the Christian apologist positions – which were recently re-rehearsed by WL Craig in a debate Is Good From God? – this caused a flurry amongst apologists who approach all of Craig’s debates like bigoted and vocal fans at a boxing match. This position relies on a naïve dogma that their god provides a “sound foundation for objective moral values and duties” – an axiomatic assumption which is never proven and is problematic even for many Christians.

Human flourishing as moral foundation?

Sam Harris appears to argue that one does have a basis for human morality, and determining right from wrong, in human flourishing or maximizing human well-being. And he provides clear examples where one can determine good situations from bad situations using that criteria. “The ruthless misogyny and religious bamboozlement of the Taliban” in Afghanistan is obviously a bad one.

But many critics feel this is inadequate. Possibly because terms like “flourishing” and “well-being” seem hedonistic. That good is all about pleasure.  People feel that good is more than that. It involves some abstract, high thinking, concepts – more than pleasure and pain. There also seems to be a common feeling that human flourishing is too arbitrary. That different people might define this in different ways. That right and wrong are concepts more absolute than that. Harris himself says of his use of the words “flourishing” and “well-being” “I don’t know of any better terms with which to signify the most positive states of being to which we can aspire.”

One can argue that a moral logic can arrive at a more “absolute” or “objective” morality. That morality can be seen as something moral absolute because it can be arrived at logically. Perhaps moral laws are a bit like arithmetic?    MORE

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