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The Intelligence Hour with Kevin Shipp – 08.21.17

On this edition of The Intelligence Hour, host Kevin Shipp interviews Shirin Neshat, co-founder of The United Front of Military and Iranian people, alineshat.org. Shirin Neshat discusses the current state of Iranian society under the rule of the Mullahs. The Iranian people cannot disagree with their government, for fear of imprisonment, boys as young as 9 years old are ordered into the military, women have lost their rights …

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DO DOGS HAVE A SOUL?: TAKING “CREATURELY” LIFE SERIOUSLY

The hottest news in animal life right now is a story about “religious” chimpanzees. A group of researchers believes that chimps may be engaging in ritualistic, but seemingly purposeless, stone throwing behaviors. Originally reported in the journal Nature as suggestive evidence that there may be more parallels between human and non-human ritualistic behavior than previously thought, the story has been feverishly touted by news …

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Richard Flory – American Christianity Is Changing Fast: Five Stories to Watch in 2016

While LGBT evangelicals cheered on the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, evangelical institutions lobbied for the passage of “religious freedom” laws that would allow them to discriminate. When President Obama mouthed platitudes during the funeral of the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney at Emanuel AME, activist Bree Newsome took it upon herself to scale a flagpole and take down an instrument …

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MEGAN AMRAM – To Those Fleeing President Trump: Welcome to Canada!

Welcome to Canada! You threatened to leave America if Donald Trump was elected President—and, true to your word, here you are. We’re so happy to have you! We’d like to extend an extra-special welcome to the ethnic, religious, and other groups that President Trump has deported from the United States: Muslims, Mexicans, black people, people who look like Muslims, “Jews, …

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Paul Rosenberg – Secrets Of the Extreme Religious Right: Inside the Frightening World Of Christian Reconstructionism

As an unprecedented shift in public opinion brought about the legalization of gay marriage, a vigorous counter-current has been intensifying under the banner of “religious freedom”—an incredibly slippery term. Perhaps the most radical definition of such freedom comes out of the relatively obscure tradition of Christian Reconstructionism, the subject of a new book by religious studies scholar Julie Ingersoll, Building God’s …

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality? – Lawrence Wittner

Are Americans disturbed about growing economic inequality in the United States? Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.  A Gallup poll conducted in April 2015 found that 63 percent of respondents believed that wealth in the United States should …

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Marching Towards Disaster: What’s Really Behind The U.S. Push In The Asia-Pacific? – Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

On the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Brisbane, US President Barack H. Obama delivered a keynote speech to diplomats, policymakers, faculty members, and students at the University of Queensland on the United States of America’s foreign policy and Obama’s so-called “Asian pivot” or “pivot to Asia.” In 2013, a report by Brian Andrews and Kurt Campbell …

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US government was more forgiving of the Nazis than its own citizens – Simon Black

70 years ago, the United States of America had just emerged from World War II as the most dominant superpower in the world. At that point America’s economy was the only one left standing. And the US government had essentially dictated terms in establishing a new global financial system (known as the Bretton Woods agreement). Doing so thrust the dollar …

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Jesus Christ the family man? Why the church won’t buy it

If only the great arguments between religion and doubt could be settled by scientific evidence. A story this week has it that solid evidence has emerged about the historical Jesus: the “tomb of Jesus” reportedly contains proof that Jesus was married, had a son – and was never resurrected. So that’s settled then. Or at least it would be if …

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Catholic Church Claims It Can Refuse To Pay Victims Of Sex Abuse Because Of Religious Freedom

THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF MILWAUKEE SOUGHT TO INSULATE $55 MILLION OF ITS FUNDS FROM LAWSUITS BROUGHT BY VICTIMS OF PRIESTLY SEX ABUSE, ACCORDING TO A LETTER PENNED BY THEN-ARCHBISHOP OF MILWAUKEE TIMOTHY DOLAN, SO IT TRANSFERRED THOSE FUNDS INTO A SEPARATE TRUST SET UP TO CARE FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE’S CEMETERIES AND MAUSOLEUMS. ONCE THE SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS SOUGHT THOSE FUNDS IN …