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Moral Measure of a Tax Plan

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few?
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Millions More for Millionaires

I have to admit that the estate tax is one of my favorite things to rant about.
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President Obama Should Have Fought This One

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all.
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Thank God for the Patriot Millionaires

This morning I learned about a website and a letter signed by more than 3 dozen millionaires (folks who have earned over $1 million in a year either now or in the past) asking the President to allo
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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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Political Games in Dead-Serious Times

Some brief observations on the 2010 election season which, thankfully, has come to an end:
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Do We Need Truth and Civility Past Election Day? Yes We Do.

Well, we made it to Election Day -- time to pack up the ol' Truth and Civility campaign until the next election
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Interview: Jim Wallis Reaches Out to Glenn Beck Down Under

I'm impressed by several things. One being people who love well and whose presence disarms in such a way that others can be received as they are.
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We Won't Back Down from Beck

Ah, the evils of "social justice"!
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Glenn Beck: Does He Really Matter?

In the course of our various responses and challenges to Gl
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In Honor of Women's Equality Day

It took more than 70 years of blood, work, and persistence, but the movement prevailed and on August 18, 1920, women were given the right to both vote and run for office.
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Choices Make Changes

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)
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We Need a Clean Energy Conversion

We need a clean energy conversion.
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REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor

[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit www.faithandimmigration.org for more information]
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Attention Must Be Paid

In our 24-hour news cycle society, where news and so-called news (sensationalism, by any other name) is thrown at us at lightning speed and in ever-increasing amounts, it can be difficult to distin
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Supporting Churches and Synagogues for Social Justice

This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev.
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Shirley Sherrod: A Moral Giant

Shirley Sherrod is a moral giant compared to shameful media celebrities who wrongly accused her of racism.
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The Oil Has Stopped, But How Can I Keep From Praying?

It is with cautious optimism that I write these words: Apparently, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf (at least from the spot where we had been watching
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The Importance of Being Engineers

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship.
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Excuse Me, Senator Grassley, Did I Hear You Correctly?

Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say that?
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A Salvation Army for the Earth

This video from "Just Salvos Live" is a great initiative from the Salvation Army in Australia that intros young peeps to some of the issues that surround how climate change affects the poorest of p
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It Will Take a Mission

This week, in President Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word.
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How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one.
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Finance Reform a Historic Accomplishment

Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory reform bill by a 59-39 vote, including four Republicans.
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A Generation Making Poverty Personal

"My father was born by a river bed and left to die. My mother grew up in extreme poverty. They made it. I am their story, they inspire me!" These are the words of my new friend Rudo, an amazing young woman from Zimbabwe who has come through so much and has now been chosen to be one of a thousand ambassadors of the Make Poverty History Road Trip who next week are acting to make history.
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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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Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger.
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Wearing My Jesus Goggles to the Boston Tea Party

The Tea Party Express -- the traveling band of conservative speakers, entertainers, and organizers -- stops in Washington, D.C., today on its nationwide effort to "vote them out of office" in the 2010 mid-term elections. Sarah Palin, one of the most galvanizing conservatives in years, has joined the Express in an attempt to bring more mainstream conservatives into its ranks.
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A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament).
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This Is What the Emerging Church Looks Like?

[Read more of this blog conversation in response to the Sojourners magazine article "
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'Christian' Militias and Tavis Smiley's MLK Documentary

Many are wondering of what to make of the shameful association of the word "Christian" with "militia." Understandably, with Christianity being associated with something so anti-Jesus, one might wan
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This One's for Isaiah

I get asked often how I can stay in the crazy business of trying to change and shape public policy.
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What the Heck is 'Social Justice'?

Today I was interviewed by a sociology student who wanted to know more about "social justice." I was happy to talk to her.
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What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice

While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his recent attacks on churches that preach "social justice" has rightly earned the condemnation of diverse faith leaders
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A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology

The Washington Post has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means torture.
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Audio: Social Justice on Australian Christian Radio

Question: How would America's largest mainstream Christian radio stations respond to issues of social justice for the poorest of poor, climate change, and nonviolence?
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The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien
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Absurd Health Insurance Premiums Renew Calls for Public Option

Health insurance companies have been remarkably brazen of late. Are they confident enough that they have killed health insurance reform that they can operate with impunity?
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My 'Daniel Fast'

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray.
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Easy Hate, Hard Love, Cornel West, and Barack Obama

Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us, "Hatred paralyses life; love releases it.
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Obama's Attempt at a Bipartisan Health-Care Summit

President Obama has scheduled a bipartisan meeting on health-care reform that will be nationally televised live on Feb. 25.
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Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?

Former President George W. Bush receives a pro-life award this weekend from Legatus, an organization of Catholic business professionals.
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Break the Chains of Haiti's Debt

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an incredible international response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. U.S. citizens are generously giving; the U.S.
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