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04/15/2012
One of the chapters in Land's book The Divided States of America deals with America's special status in the world. America, he says, is not like any other country: it's less a piece of geography and more like a cause ("and that cause is freedom"). Land believes that "America's particular fortune has not been fortuitous; it is a sign of divine blessing". God, he says, has a particular and special interest in the American project: America is called to be a beacon of freedom in the world and God is personally looking out for it. Many in Europe will see that attitude (sometimes called "American Exceptionalism" or the doctrine of "manifest destiny") as part of the problem. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, equates it with a "theology of empire". But Land dismisses those critiques: just look at the history of the United States, he says, and you'll find all the evidence you need that God is unusually interested in the progress of this place.
BBC
02/25/2012
From 26:30, hear Sojourners' Director of Communications, Tim King discuss the role of faith in the 2012 Election with Bryan J. Fischer of the American Family Association.
BBC
02/05/2009
BBC World News reports on the new Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and interviews Rev. Jim Wallis.
BBC
11/04/2005
Paramilitary leaders say the legislative framework making its way through Congress is too severe. The U.S. and the U.N. say it is too lenient and leaves loopholes. The AUC says the new law would still leave them open to extradition to the United States on drugs charges, where many have warrants pending on drugs trafficking charges.
BBC
05/09/2005
A former U.S. soldier who worked on interrogations at Guantanamo Bay has written a damning expose of the brutal, degrading treatment he says was meted out to prisoners there.
BBC
04/19/2005
Vanunu served 18 years in jail, most of it in solitary confinement, for making public details of Israel's secret nuclear program.
BBC
04/14/2005
"Ten percent of the people want to fight again and make themselves heroes and make some money. But 90% don't want to fight. They say there's been enough suffering for our children and our country."
BBC
02/19/2003
The delegation is headed by the Reverend Jim Wallis of the Sojourners' Community, a Christian justice and peace group based in Washington DC. It will tell Mr. Blair a non-violent strategy for removing Saddam Hussein could work if it had Western backing.
BBC
04/03/2001
The BBC interviews with Jim Wallis, of Call to Renewal, a US federation of churches and faith based organisations working to overcome poverty and revitalise American politics. (requires <a href="http://www.real.com">RealPlayer</a>)