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Together they began a 24-hour vigil over more than 3,300 crucifixes, Jewish stars of David, Muslim stars and crescents, and Indian Sanskrit inscriptions -- one for each gun-related death in America in the four months since Newtown.
The New York Times reported Thursday: Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and the group Sojourners, led by the Christian author and social-justice advocate Jim Wallis, are unveiling their campaigns on Monday. Their ads will be placed near the anti-jihad ads in the same Manhattan subway stations, leaders of both groups said and transit officials confirmed. … “We wanted to make it clear that it is in response to the anti-Islam ad,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights, whose members include rabbis from all streams of Judaism.The Sojourners ad simply says, “Love your Muslim neighbors.”
Sojourners, a progressive Christian organization, recently launched a petition page addressed to Glenn Beck. The letter begins, “I’m a Christian who believes in the biblical call to social justice.” This all comes on the heels of Beck’s latest bout of fear-mongering, when he told viewers to be wary of churches that preach social and economic justice, despite the fact that these are key pillars of Jesus’ teachings.
A provocative essay in Time magazine raised more than a few eyebrows in mid-February with a headline that made a startling claim: "The Religious Right's Era Is Over," it blared. Moderate evangelical minister Jim Wallis, the author of the piece, confidently asserted that the Religious Right's day has passed. "We have now entered the post-Religious Right era," wrote Wallis, author of the popular book God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. "Though religion has had a negative image in the last few decades, the years ahead may be shaped by a dynamic and more progressive faith that will make needed social change more possible." It's a stunning claim that might have sold more than a few magazines. But is it true?
Comments from our interview with Michael Lerner tended to reinforce his message: that progressives are having a heckuva time trying to understand the Right. A number of the comments from last Friday's interview with Michael Lerner brought a phrase of evangelical leader Jim Wallis' into sharp relief: The Left Doesn't Get It.
Sojourners, a social justice-minded Christian ministry with a knack for organizing via the internet, prompted 160 churches from 40 states to "put forth an alternative vision that embraces the biblical principles of economic and racial justice, healthy families, strong communities, a consistent ethic of life, peacemaking and caring for God's creation."
Conflict, drama and the plight of "sympathetic" victims are the mainstays of television narratives. Initially the settlers played that role, in what was pictured as a tragic dilemma that forced good people to lose their homes and faith in their leaders.
The controversy surrounding the <i>Nightline</i> interview with Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev exposes the double standard of the Pentagon's treatment of Al Jazeera and interviews with anti-American terrorists.
Rev. Jim Wallis' most recent book, <i>God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It</i>, struck a chord this year and became an instant bestseller.
The evidence that we literally worship the flag is overwhelming. Unique among all nations, we have a Flag Day, a Flag code etiquette, a national anthem dedicated to the flag and a verbal salute to the flag. Twenty-seven states require school children to salute the flag daily.