The Common Good

Recent Posts from Jim Wallis

Yesterday Jim stood with a group of religious leaders to challenge President Bush's promised veto of a bill to expand health coverage for children. He told some of the story of Bush's early days in office that he told here last week, asking what happened to his "compassionate" conservatism, and asking why Bush would veto a bill with broad bipartisan support, abandoning America's children to a [...]

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The news this afternoon from Myanmar/Burma is not good. A recent AP story said that



Soldiers clubbed and dragged away activists while firing tear gas and warning shots to break up demonstrations Friday before they could grow, and the government cut Internet access, raising fears that a deadly crackdown was set to intensify.


The government said 10 people have been killed since the violence began earlier this week, but British Prime [...]

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In his Saturday radio address, The Washington Post reports that




President Bush again called Democrats "irresponsible" for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children's health insurance program. [...]

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I got a LOT of responses to my post at the end of last week, in which I said the war in Iraq presents the American churches with an issue of Christian identity. Nobody really denied the fact that the worldwide body of Christ is overwhelmingly against the war and the whole thrust of American foreign policy in the post-9/11 era. And that fact remains true even for evangelical Christians around the [...]

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From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation, especially when four years of occupation of Iraq have not produced the political reconciliation that would be necessary for real security and stability. The fragile security improvements are not sustainable without a [...]

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From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation, especially when four years of occupation of Iraq have not produced the political reconciliation that would be necessary for real security and stability. The fragile security improvements are not sustainable without a [...]

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From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation, especially when four years of occupation of Iraq have not produced the political reconciliation that would be necessary for real security and stability. The fragile security improvements are not sustainable without a [...]

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From my blogs this week, readers can rightly conclude that I believe Gen. Petraeus' claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the U.S occupation, especially when four years of occupation of Iraq have not produced the political reconciliation that would be necessary for real security and stability. The fragile security improvements are not sustainable without a [...]

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It was a big day for a general on Capitol Hill yesterday, as Gen. David Petraeus made his long-awaited "progress report" to a joint House committee. But one congressman remembered the last time a general's testimony drew such public attention. It was on April 1967 that Gen. William Westmoreland made his speech to Congress about how much progress we were making in Vietnam. Later, in November 1967, the [...]

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The war in Iraq should never have been fought, cannot be won, and must now be ended.

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The presidential forum clearly showed that faith is alive and well on both sides of the political aisle.

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An eyewitness to massacre and genocide finds shame, hope, and possibility for a moral world.

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I watched much of the cable television coverage of Jerry Falwell's death and legacy.

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This war is morally wrong, and it was from the very start.

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Rich Cizik is part of a broad and growing evangelical consensus on global warming.

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Scripture suggests a clear role for government in ensuring the common good.

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Some years ago on a trip to the U.K., I walked through the historic Holy Trinity Church on Clapham Common in South London.

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My dad was always one to deflect attention from himself and give the glory to God.

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The results are good news for those alienated by the political extremes of right and left hungry for a new

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Political manipulation of religion only compounded the crime of political neglect of the poor.

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