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Jim Wallis Blog Entries

Honoring the Greatest Commitment of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Life

In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of "secularists" who were hostile to faith and religion.
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The Moral Core of the Health-Care Debate

With all of the shouting, the fear, and now what often looks like hatred -- we are in danger of losing the moral "core" of this health-care debate.
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A 'Truth-telling' Ministry for People of Faith

Every so often, the issues at stake in the public debate become so clear and compelling, so alarming and disconcerting -- or both at the same time -- that I feel a need to speak out in a more perso
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We Must Act on Health Care

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.
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Palin Bad for Dialogue

Last Thursday, I wrote about truth-
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Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
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Truth-telling and Responsibility in Health Care

I have said that one important moral principle for the health-care debate is truth-telling.
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Abortion Common Ground

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs.
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My Summer Road Trips

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea!
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The Professor and the Police Officer Got Trapped in the 'Script'

I have been away for the last couple of weeks, first for a family wedding and reunion on a lake in northern Michigan, and then at the Chautauqua conference center in rural New York state.
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An Evangelical Who Doesn't Like Sarah Palin

I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to watch Sarah Palin's farewell address while pumping away on the elliptical machine.
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How to Win a Culture War

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war.
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Sotomayor and the Fundamentals of Diversity and Affirmative Action

The confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week again brings up the fundamental issues of diversity and affirmative action.
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Umpires, Perspective, and the Supreme Court

"Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules.
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Video: Jim Wallis and Tavis Smiley on Perspective, Prayer, and the President

Earlier this year, Jim Wallis sat down with Tavis Smiley to talk about his role in public media of raising issues and asking questions that others are not.
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Pope Benedict on the Global Economy

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy.
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'A Step-by-Step Agenda for the Elimination of Nuclear Arms'

The page one story in Sunday's New York Times is one that I have been waiting for for a long time.
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