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Jim Wallis Blog Entries

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda

Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of interfaith religious leaders. Their topic: climate change. The Senate now has a bill that will soon be up for a vote and the 10 senators wanted our feedback -- and also our support. I was asked to say a few words.
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A Nobel Prayer

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m.
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A Faith Declaration for Health-Care Reform

Over the course of the health-care debate, voices of faith have been raised about the moral values at stake beneath the policy discussions.
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U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert

Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this week! Oh good, it was Bono and U2. That would express the feelings of many parents about their child's introductory rock and roll concert experience.
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Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat
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Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes

This post responds to the following question posed on The Washington Post's "On Faith" forum
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Words Matter

President Barack Obama delivered his
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Pray for Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck has received a lot of attention for his inflammatory rhetoric lately. Recently, he shared a personal story about his daughter who has cerebral palsy, which gets to the heart of his fears about health-care reform:
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What?! Racism Still in America?

Here we go again. Some people raise the issue of race (this time about the ways others are talking about or treating the first black U.S. president) and the media goes crazy.
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Consequences of the Recession

Did you see it? It wasn't the leading story in The New York Times, The Washington Post, or most other daily newspapers.
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Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear

In his speech last evening, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition in the fait
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A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy

Cable news and the blogosphere heated up with a new controversy in the lead-up to a noon-time address that President Obama gave as a
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Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy

I have never really trusted those who are intolerant and condemning of other people's shortcomings. It makes me suspect they are likely hiding their own.
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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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