Are we capable of living without religion?
Religion has been an everyday reality for thousands of years. Only in the last couple of hundred, and certainly more outspokenly in the last 50, has the idea of divine "disinspiration" been seriously considered. The question is deceptively simple: are we capable of living without religion? But it's an incredibly loaded question as well. It questions our entire history. It questions billions of people's faith. Most importantly, it questions our humanity. Because while it may seem to undermine people's beliefs in divine, external power, it also uplifts the seldom credited human, internal power. The faithful often point to the charity, kindness, forgiveness, and brotherhood found in the books and history of their religion. But are those universally good things really the product of religion, or are they simply strengths that can be found universally in all men and women? I invite you all into discussion of this fascinating topic. I ask you to speak your mind without flaming others or their beliefs.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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