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Sojourners rightly shot back against this part of the campaign, and since then, they have started a photo album on Facebook of girls in various settings, with titles like "Bright Young Scholar," or "Bright Young Athlete." It's a start, but the very fact that we're still having such conversations a dozen-plus years into the 21st century shows just how far we still have to go.
A little over a year ago, during some of the most heated moments of the presidential election, the Rev. Jim Wallis went on a three-month sabbatical.
"Our life together can be better." That's the opening sentence of an important new book by Jim Wallis called On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. Wallis, in addition to being CEO of the D.C.-based Christian ministry Sojourners, is one of our most compelling thinkers and writers -- not just on religion and spirituality but on American public life as well. He's also, I'm happy to say, a longtime and frequent contributor to HuffPost. And for those of you in the New York area, on Friday I'll be taking part in a conversation with him, moderated by our religion editor Paul Raushenbush, at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
A revealing thing happens when you remove yourself from the daily drum of politics and become a mere observer. I did just that last year, during some of the most divisive moments of the presidential election. Sitting back and watching the deluge of insults and accusations that feeds our political system, I witnessed the worst of us as a nation. And I came to the conclusion that it's time to reframe our priorities.
It's a constant story line involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: they behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women, using and abusing them at will, and somehow believe that -- as men -- they are entitled to do so. These men seem to think that the ordinary rules of decent behavior do not apply to them. We have a never-ending avalanche of disgusting stories about men cheating on their spouses and the mothers of their children, abandoning old wives for new ones, practicing serial philandering as a way of life, sexually harassing and assaulting women, physically abusing them, and even committing rape.
After the Matzah, Rose Berger of Sojourners magazine shared Palm branches around the circle and with them, the meaning of Palm Sunday -- commemorating Jesus' entry in a protest march into Jerusalem, opposing the violent and deadly Roman Empire just before Passover -- the appropriate and risky time of remembering the downfall of Imperial Pharaoh.
Francis. Pope Francis. This could be good news for the Catholic Church, for the whole church, and for the world. Let's hope and pray so.
Bestselling author and public theologian, Jim Wallis, talks about a special series called "The Bible" which aired on the History Channel this past Sunday.
Politics at its best serves the common good -- far above any one interest or political party. And right now in Washington, we see that playing out as we continue to reach accord on immigration reform. But when it comes to our budget debate, partisan ideology and special interests are winning out over the common good.
HuffPost's Sabrina Siddiqui and Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis weigh in on the looming $85 billion cuts. Plus, the debate over Hagel's nomination continues.