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Why Americans All Believe They Are 'Middle Class'

A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today<p>Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class. As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired back by charging Obama with “squeezing the middle class.” It’s not even an …

No, America is not a Christian nation

<b>(History Channel)</b><p>Why is the Right so obsessed with pushing revisionist history?<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>October 17, 2013 1:02pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>It’s common to hear conservatives say things like Paul Ryan did during the campaign: “Our rights come from nature and God, not from …

Prison overcrowding: A boon for the for-profit industry

New deals with private prison firms in California show who really benefits from mass incarceration<p>A Huffington Post report Friday highlights how the private prison industry relies on and benefits from mass incarceration and attendant prison overcrowding in this country.<p>Eerily, the article notes, …

Germany To Allow Newborns To Be Registered With No Gender

The ruling is meant to help parents from having to make a snap judgment on their child's sex in cases of ambiguous anatomy.<p>German parents will be able to register their children as genderless starting Nov. 1, the first regulation of its kind for infants that lack gender-determining anatomy.<p>The law …

How Feminism Hurts Men

Yesterday somebody on Facebook told me that feminism elevates women at the expense of men, that its agenda to validate women emasculates us guys.<p>He …

Paying women to breastfeed won’t work

After cutting its breastfeeding awareness program in 2011, the UK now has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world. The government is hoping to lure new mothers to breastfeed their babies for a full six months with offers of £200 ($319) in shopping vouchers. The declining rates are even …

Breast Feeding

Gospel of selfishness pervades American Christianity

The philosophers of greed now use Christianity as their cover story<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 16, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Anyone who has worked in the restaurant business will be happy to tell you that waiters always fight each other to avoid working Sunday lunch …

How Feminism Hurts Men

Yesterday somebody on Facebook told me that feminism elevates women at the expense of men, that its agenda to validate women emasculates us guys.<p>He was right.<p>For men, the rise of feminism has relegated us to second-class status. Inequality and discrimination have become part of our everyday …

What Child Care Costs Mean for You and Your Family

Politics aside, Hillary Clinton was right: For most of human history, it usually took a village (or a tribe) of people to raise a child. Humans are …

When It Comes To Your Family And Retirement Planning, Silence Is Not Golden

The holiday season is the perfect time to let your loved ones know how deeply you care about them by exploring and discussing everyone's life priorities for the years ahead -- including your retirement.<p>Before you roll your eyes, read on and you'll get a clear picture of how these conversations can …

What is religion?, part 2: why football doesn't measure up

A perfectly reasonable question to ask of people like me, who define "religion" in a way that plays down theology, is why something like football should not be a religion. After all, it involves collective emotion, quasi-mystical experiences of loss of selfhood in a higher purpose, even if that is …

What is religion?, part 4: divinity, God and 'real' religion | Andrew Brown

Can you have a religion not based around the Abrahamic idea of a God who could, if he wished, behave like a mafia boss?<p>One of the most unnerving passages in Robert Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution is the section where he examines the central Jewish and Christian idea of a covenant with God. He …

How are religions born?

Since they are historical entities, religions are born and die. I'll think about their death some other time. But how do they emerge, and from what? This isn't a question with a single answer, although there are a couple of popular stories about the process left over from the 19th century.<p>It's …

Christians, here's why we're losing our religion

Recent research indicates that the number of people who do not consider themselves a part of an organized religion is steadily on the rise.<p>Interestingly enough, though the number of those religiously unaffiliated is increasing, there is little to no trend in the number of those who express atheist …

Secularism 101 - History, Nature, and Importance

Secularism is one of the most important movements in the history of the modern West, helping differentiate the West not only from the Middle Ages and …

Judges can sidestep religion, but they can't avoid morality

Sir James Munby gave a speech last week saying that judges no longer concerned themselves with the promotion of virtue and the discouragement of immorality – and nor should they: Britain is now a secular society, he said, and religion has no special privilege beyond what it is granted by human …

War in the Name of Atheism - Theology Myths

<b>Reversing Atheists' Critiques of Religious Violence</b><p>A common criticism which atheists raise against religion is how violent religion and religious …

The end of zero risk in childhood?

The head of the Health and Safety Executive, Judith Hackitt, has come out fighting to defend her agency against the charge of bubble-wrapping children. Declaring that "the gloves are off", she says that "the creeping culture of risk aversion puts at risk children's preparation for adult life". Her …

The Church of England yesterday demonstrated that it truly is…

The Church of England yesterday demonstrated that it truly is still stuck in a constant patriarchal replaying of the middle ages with the decision not to ordain female Bishops.<p>Personally I think they are <i>all</i> deluded, but that's because I am an atheist. If I was a believer I'd be tearing my hair out at the wilful stupidity and obstinacy of those who continue to insist women are somehow less able to take on roles higher up in the Church. It really is a joke that in the 21st century there is an …

Aggressive secularisation: the new tyranny

Lord Carey is no stranger to making inflammatory comments based on what he sees as the increasing persecution of Christians in modern society (which is arguably a questionable viewpoint for a high profile Christian with a great deal of power and influence and repeated access to national media …

"Europe that forgets its Christian roots is like a man who bu…

<b>"Europe that forgets its Christian roots is like a man who built his house on sand." - Hungarian Prime Minister</b><p><b>Time for the Restoration of A Truly Christian Social Order</b><p>Indeed, the prophetic warning of <b>His Holiness Pope Leo XIII</b> is truly applicable in our times. He wrote in his great encyclical entitled <b>'Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus'</b> and I quote: "We have but too much evidence of the value and result of a morality divorced from divine faith.<b>How is it that, in spite of all the zeal for the</b> …

Essay on Rationalism

Click here to order this paper @Superbwriters.com. The Ultimate Custom Paper Writing Service<p>Theories of secularisation assume an irreversible decline …

Karima Bennoune on the frontline struggle against Muslim fundamentalism – video

Religious extremism in Muslim countries and contexts undermines human rights by denying people the freedom to practise their religious beliefs, argues law professor Karima Bennoune. For her new book, which explores the stories and struggles of democratic opponents of fundamentalism, Bennoune …

Breaking Bad: A savage attack on American capitalism?

The most astonishing, most discussed and popular quality-TV series of our time will end this weekend when <i>Breaking Bad</i> reaches its final episode (Sunday, AMC, 9 p.m. ET).<p><i>Breaking Bad</i> has dominated the conversation about television for weeks and that conversation has mostly been about the plot …

Who knew Marxism was on trend?

So Monday was the first meeting of Govey's Un-English Activities Committee & Dave says it was actually SO fun, as in quite like Bullers but way more exciting because as well as hunting communists they get to do blacklisting and fighting this thing called the blob like in Slime City but Marxist …

'Inocente' Explores The Dark Side Of Childhood

Inocente has every reason to be dark and grim. The 15-year-old from San Diego has been homeless most of her life. However, the aspiring artist chooses to live a life in full, vibrant color. Audie Cornish speaks with filmmaker Sean Fine about <i>Inocente,</i> the Oscar-nominated short documentary he …

Parents are mollycoddling children, says PM's adviser on childhood

Parents are smothering their children, leaving them unable to cope by themselves as they grow up, the prime minister's adviser on childhood has said.<p>Claire Perry, the MP for Devizes, said children's lives were too regimented with organised activities, and parents were shying away from disciplining …

What exactly is the innocence of childhood?

What is it that is most appealing about children? Is it simply their physical beauty? Is it their openness to loving and being loved? Their playfulness, their innate humour? Beyond these things, in my view, children are beautiful because they possess something that we have all lost – the quality of …

Clegg and Gove in spending review battle over free nursery education

An attempt to save £380m by cancelling a plan to further extend access to free nursery education has been at the centre of one of the most bitter battles in the comprehensive spending review due to be announced Wednesday.<p>Whitehall sources said Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, and Michael …