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Blog Posts By Ryan Rodrick Beiler

Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 47 weeks ago
Overheard at the lunch table: If Mukasey can't tell whether waterboarding is torture or not, maybe he should have someone do it to him, and then see what he thinks. I'll have to respectfully disagree. Torture that doesn't leave any physical marks but can still cause
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 47 weeks ago
Overheard at the lunch table: If Mukasey can't tell whether waterboarding is torture or not, maybe he should have someone do it to him, and then see what he thinks. I'll have to respectfully disagree. Torture that doesn't leave any physical marks but can still cause
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 47 weeks ago
Overheard at the lunch table: If Mukasey can't tell whether waterboarding is torture or not, maybe he should have someone do it to him, and then see what he thinks. I'll have to respectfully disagree. Torture that doesn't leave any physical marks but can still cause
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 47 weeks ago
One more reason to take up dumpster diving: I've been finding lots of bananas lately, many of them from Chiquita, and many of them from Colombia. I've been aware of Chiquita's entanglements with right-wing paramilitaries, but at least I can eat the fruit with a clean conscience since none of my dollars [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 48 weeks ago
As an addendum to Jim's post on Mike Gerson and his new book, I thought I'd share Monday night's Daily Show interview with Gerson, who held his own quite well. If he hadn't provided the speechwriting for Bush's rush to war, I might really really like him, instead of just liking him. But for now I'll leave the skewering to Jon Stewart: Mike: I'm sometimes disappointed with the [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 49 weeks ago
Who made the following statement in a recent television interview? I'm not sure that that group in Washington is really representative of evangelicals across the spectrum. This is the Family Research Council and some of the James Dobson supporters, I just think that's just a narrow slice of evangelical thought. A) Jim Wallis B) Pat Robertson C) Hillary Clinton C) Rick Warren D) Rudy Giuliani Drumroll ... the answer is B) Pat Robertson!
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 49 weeks ago
No doubt there are critics who will dispute Jim's description of the Religious Right as having an overly narrow agenda. Case in point: Witness this dynamic observed by Faith in Public Life's (former Sojourner intern) Dan Nejfelt, live blogging from the FRC Summit on Friday: Earlier [FRC head Tony] [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 years 50 weeks ago
Earlier this week we posted an open letter from Tony Campolo in response to a Christianity Today column by Stan Guthrie, "When Red is Blue," in their November issue that was critical of the Red Letter Christians concept. CT has now posted Guthrie's column online, accompanied by an [...]
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 7 years 34 weeks ago
Posted by Ryan Rodrick Beiler 7 years 37 weeks ago
Sojourners magazine readers may remember an article in our special issue on food last May in which I wrote about my adventures in dumpster diving. Since then, I've received a somewhat steady stream [...]