The Huffington Post Press Items
We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another.
When Arizona state senate president Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) convened the new session of the state legislature yesterday, he declared: "There is no place for hate in our homes and outside our home."
The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this nation.
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Why? On Tuesday, I met 100 reasons: 100 young people brought to this country by their parents, from 100 different situations, to 100 different futures. But each one has something in common. They want to commit themselves to this country and to public service. Each one is already working hard, building their community, and planning for the future, but their options are limited. While for most of these young people America is the only home they have ever known, they don't have the papers to say so.
While American troops will be working through the Christmas holidays, putting their lives on the line for our safety and while millions of Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the "Prince of Peace," Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) brazenly choose to distort and manipulate this most holy of days for their own political means.
The election of Barack Obama in 2008 as the nation’s first African American president suggests that the Christian Right — at least as defined and shaped by leaders like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, D. James Kennedy, Paul Weyrich and James Dobson — was falling into disarray.
"He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all." -Rev. Wallis
Most Americans, including Christians, now support equal rights for gays and lesbians serving in the U.S. military.
It is always appropriate and necessary for the faith community to question and challenge political leadership on the biggest moral issues -- indeed it is our prophetic vocation to do so. That means lifting up the now growing rates of poverty in America and around the world, even when both parties only want to talk about the middle class.