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Organized Religion: A Tool for Ignorance, Power and Control

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This post by Allen Clifton originally appeared at Forward Progressives.

 

I think anyone who follows me even somewhat regularly knows that I’m a Christian. I know that’s not always a popular thing to be as a liberal, but it’s a fact nonetheless. That being said, I detest organized religion.

What “religion” is to me is a human-made concoction meant to promote the personal views of some while degrading the views of others.

Honestly the only reason I call myself a “Christian” is because it’s easier than saying, “I believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the values for which he stood. That being said, I oppose most things that have been written in the Bible as it is clear that much of the text has been influenced by the personal views of those in charge of translating the text through time.”

I’ve talked “religion” with Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Atheists (yes I consider Atheism a form of religion) and it’s amazing how personally we’re all pretty much the same. Our core values as human beings are basically identical. Things like being a good person, helping the helpless and defending the defenseless. Generally just being good people.

And isn’t that what life is about? Isn’t that what we should all strive to be as humans?

Why is it so many care so much about the personal religious views of others? If everyone kept their beliefs private (as they should be), practiced them in the appropriate places and didn’t judge others who believed differently – can you imagine how much more peaceful the world would be? More

TS Radio Network: With Phillip Anderton

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Join us live Sunday October 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm CST!

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Our guest this evening is Phillip Anderton.  Phillip has been the long time host of a radio show called 4th and Baker and is Senior Executive Producer / On Air Host at Alternative Public Radio International. He is also hosting a public event covering the surgery:

“Well it finally happened CANCER I am doing this special event so you all can call the hospital and make sure they know you care about what happens to me, believe me the more of you that call the better.and if you want to send a card please send it to my home, I will add the address here in the event.calls to the hospital will help make sure they do an extra good job.as a former Paramedic I know this to be true. love yall.  My home address is

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Veneta, Oregon 97487.”

Phillip is facing a crisis with his health.  A massive tumor on his kidney and liver.  He is scheduled for surgery on the 24th at Riverbend hospital in Springfield, Oregon.  Strangely, the hospital plans to send him home two days after surgery in an ambulance. Turns out, Phillip has to pay for that ride out of his own pocket.  He needs our support an needs to know we are out here cheering him on and hoping for the best possible outcome.

We will be talking about the changes in thinking when facing these unexpected situations in our lives.  How has his thinking and observations changed?  What are his foremost thoughts?  What are his plans?

 

William Perry Pendley (not wild horses) may be the biggest threat to public lands

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Source:  The Hill

Trump administration calls wild horses biggest threat to public lands — here are the real threats

“The livestock industry continues to run roughshod over the vast majority of our Western public lands, causing a cascade of major environmental problems.”

BY ERIK MOLVAR, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR

Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley told the Society of Environmental Journalists in Colorado on Friday that wild horses were the biggest problem facing federal public lands in the West.

The silliness of this statement becomes obvious when one considers that wild horses don’t exist on more than 85 percent of BLM lands, and where they do occur, they have to share the range with domestic livestock which typically have an even bigger impact on the land.

Pendley’s misstatement would be funny if it weren’t so dishonest and is symptomatic of major problems stemming from placing one of the nation’s most vitriolic opponents of environmental conservation in charge of our biggest land management agency.

Let’s examine some of the real problems facing the Bureau of Land Management, from the standpoint of an environmental professional, to put Pendley’s claims in some context.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Erik Molvar is a wildlife biologist and executive director with Western Watersheds Project, an environmental conservation group dedicated to protecting and restoring watersheds and wildlife throughout the West.

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