The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

What We Need is More Killing!

Now, let me see if I have this right. Real men kill, maim, and inflict destruction. Saving lives and rescuing those in harm's way is, well, feminine.
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Churches Call to End the War in Afghanistan

In his December 2009 speech on Afghanistan, President
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Entitlement Hypocrisy

You might think that those who spent their campaigns telling their constituents that they would work to appeal "Obamacare" -- just another government entitlement -- would either think that
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Harry Potter and Social Justice

Seeking justice for the oppressed. Working to end the connection of child slavery to chocolate. Helping heal a devastated Haiti.
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How You Can Help Protect Children Around the World

I have been an international human rights activist and lobbyist for 31 years in Washington. There have been times when issues I cared about and worked hard on simply didn't bear fruit, and I wonder at those times if I've just been at this too long. Congress adjourning in October without passing the Child Protection Compact Act (S3184/HR2737) was one of those down-in-the-dumps times!

The CPCA would provide additional authority and funding for the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) to designate "focus countries" and reach an agreement with them on the eradication of child trafficking. "Child Protection Compacts" would open the door to multi-year funding to help countries rescue victims and prosecute and convict perpetrators.

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Prayer and the Persistent Widow

Well, it's parable day again boys and girls. Parables are like Jesus' subversive little stories of an alternate universe.
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What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators.
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The Man Who Shot Jimmie Lee Jackson, In His Own Words

[Editors' Note: Former state trooper James Bonard Fowler plead guilty this week to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge in the 1965 shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson in Alabama.
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Urgent Action Needed on Behalf of the Saharawi People

This morning I received an e-mail from a friend asking me to get the word out about a tragic human rights event that has been taking place over the past week, which the world knows little to nothin
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Churches Key to Peace in Sudan

[Editor's Note: Voter registration has now started for South Sudan's January 9 referendum on independence -- an event whose occurrence is threatened by North S
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