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God's Politics

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now

It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?
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Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture.
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Dr. Dorothy Height's Funeral: Lifting Her to Heaven

Under the sweeping arches of the Washington National Cathedral, we celebrated the life of Dr.
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Undocumented and Unafraid: American DREAMers

This January, four immigrant college students from Florida began a fifteen hundred mile pilgrimage, "risking their future because the present is unbearable" (Matos, 23, in
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Learning to Love White Men: Between Bigoted Brothers and Holy Husbands

At eight months pregnant, I had a dream my new baby boy was born. He came out with pale white skin, blue eyes, and long, pin-straight red hair. He didn't look like he belonged to me at all.
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What Gamblers Anonymous Can Teach Us About Wall Street

The defenses that Goldman Sachs execs gave to this week's Senate hearings for their actions were full of emotion and denial. They claimed shock that anyone could question their actions.
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Wall Street, Repent!

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and
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From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona

Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the Indian removals, Jim Crow laws, legalized segregation, the federal protection of lynching mobs, and, don't forget, the Japanese internment camps, among others.
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Echoes of Arizona: Illinois Congressional Candidate Stopped and Searched for Driving-While-Looking-Latino

Early Saturday evening, three friends and I headed out to Chicago for dinner at a favorite restaurant in our old neighborhood (Pilsen).
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