>Get your free issue today! In this issue of Sojourners: 1. The danger of Christian Zionism 2. Middle East: road map or dead end? 3. The Archbishop of Canterbury on the Iraq war 4. Vigilantes on the U.S.-Mexican border 5. Michelle Shocked talks about her faith 6. And much more. If you don't subscribe to Sojourners magazine, you are missing out on award-winning features, commentary, poetry, humor, devotionals, and much more! Go to: http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.sojomail_free MEDIA WATCH ^top Saving Private Lynch, take two by Robert Scheer After a thorough investigation, the British Broadcasting Corp. has presented a shocking dissection of the "heroic" rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, as reported by the U.S. military and a breathless American press. Lynch, who says she has no memory of the events in question, has suffered enough in the line of duty without being reduced to a propaganda pawn. But where the manipulation of this saga really gets ugly is in the premeditated manufacture of the rescue itself, which stains those who have performed real acts of bravery, whether in war or peacetime. Eight days after her capture, American media trumpeted the military's story that Lynch was saved by Special Forces that stormed the hospital and, in the face of heavy hostile fire, managed to scoop her up and helicopter her out. The footage from the raid, shot not by journalists but by soldiers with night-vision cameras, was artfully edited by the Pentagon and released as proof that a battle to free Lynch had occurred when it had not. Read the full story at: http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=15018 Read the BBC report at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/correspondent/3028585.stm BIZ ETHICS ^top Students vs. sweatshops Armed with the name and address of a Salvadoran garment factory, and reinforced with serious questions directed at the U.S. owner, high school students in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, and New York won significant improvements in conditions for workers which produce school uniforms for export to the United States. The National Labor Committee has released a new report, detailing these improvements, and examining what still needs to be done. Read the full report online at: http://www.nlcnet.org/campaigns/uniforms/elsalvador/report.shtml Web Development and Hosting with Sojourners! Sojourners is considering a new service for our readers and partner organizations. If you (or your company, church, organization, university) is interested in developing a database-driven Web site on a tight budget, revamping your current site, need a reliable Web site host, or desire peace of mind from working with a like-minded organization, please e-mail Jeremiah at hosting@sojo.net for more information. BUILDING A MOVEMENT ^top The best Father's Day gift (for the whole family) With Father's Day fast approaching, it's appropriate to ask what dads need most. "If employers really want to honor Dad this year, they could start by giving him some time off," says Gretchen Burger, national staffperson for Take Back Your Time Day. On October 24, 2003, concerned citizens all across the country will participate in teach-ins and other events to challenge overwork and "time poverty" in America. And it's not just for dads - millions of Americans are overworked, over-scheduled, and just plain stressed out. Learn more at: http://www.timeday.org BOOMERANG ^top Mother Bonnie writes from Ossining, New York: Friends, your weekly quotes are getting more and more annoying...But this week's Woody Guthrie line really makes the word "naive" seem mild. War is not and never has been based on profit. The war profiteering that has characterized the past hundred years is the result of something that both the Roundheads and the Cavaliers would have understood: It's called original sin. It's just taken on a new and alluring disguise. It is the business of capitalism ever to expand its markets; if I have a clothing factory, and it looks like I can make a profit by supplying military uniforms, of course I am going to supply the uniforms. The factory does not cause the war; the uniforms do not cause the war. Sin causes the war, and sin leads to exploitation of war's requirements for personal gain. Until we begin addressing sin, we are not going to have much movement in addressing war, or cruelty, or mistreatment of neighbors, because the lie is so deeply embedded. The lie is that we think we're okay, and that the way we live is normal. -------------- Joanna Harmon writes: It is absolutely incomprehensible to me that this so-called tax cut bill should have become law. The immorality and inhumanity of it surpasses imagination. I hope that Call to Renewal will send a clear message that our patience is rapidly being exhausted. How much more can we demand of the poor before we have become exactly the kind of totalitarian government that suppresses the poor and needy and bleeds them of ever more of what little money they possess? Shame on us. -------------- Rob Erickson writes from Minnesota: I agree that those people cut out of the child tax credit should receive some relief. I too was a little shocked. It is quite a large number of people not receiving help, and people that could most use the help. But on another level I can see where it makes sense (not that it's right, just that it makes sense). A majority of the people that will be excluded from the relief do not pay income taxes. I can see where the government could have the attitude "if you don't put in, you won't get back." Again, I'm not saying it is right, and I believe that everyone should get some help. I'm just saying that in Mr. Wallis's article he decided to leave out this nugget of information which makes the bill seem even more evil. [Ed. note: Poor people do pay payroll taxes, excise taxes, sales taxes, etc., so they do "put it in." The tax cuts in the recent legislation aren't only for income tax - taxes were cut on dividends and capital gains for rich folks.] -------------- Ken Koonce writes from Dallas: I was somewhat amazed that Sojourners took such a strong stand against the recent changes in ownership rules by the FCC. No writer provided any biblical or theological reason I could find why this would be an issue that a Christian, as opposed to a simply Democratic or liberal, activist should be concerned about. If Sojourners keeps this up, I fear that it will become simply another left-wing journal, having lost any particularly Christian voice. -------------- Owen Calhoun writes: I'm sick of reading about people putting down President Bush for waging war on the people who are living in poverty in Iraq. What planet are they living on? The war was waged against Saddam Hussein who was a multi-millionaire and killing 5,000 people a month who were living in poverty. Get your facts straight! If Saddam had not been taken out of power, how many more thousand Iraqis would have died? Consequently, a lot fewer lives of the good Iraqis were taken because of the war. How would anyone suggest that Saddam be taken out of power - by asking him politely to get out of the country and saying please? How long do you think you would have lived? -------------- Sharon Haller writes from Minneapolis: As a 12 year veteran and Persian Gulf war vet from the first round, I am disgusted with our administration's manipulation, lies, and deceit about why we as a nation moved our security strategy from defense to pre-emptive first strike against a country we have bombed and sanctioned for the past 12 years and then disarmed before our act of naked aggression not for defense, but for profit and oil. They have disgraced the men and women in uniform, alive and dead, and they deserve to be impeached! ---------------------- Boomerang is an open forum for all kinds of views. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Sojourners. Want to make your voice heard? Send Boomerang e-mails to the editor: boomerang@sojo.net WEB SCENE ^top *Financial planning for dummies - no, smart people Though it says it's for "everyone who loves money, hates planning, and wants answers," this site may also useful for folks who love their neighbor, hate the root of all evil, and want to be good stewards of their filthy lucre. Go to: http://www.ihatefinancialplanning.com *Democratic underground Contrary to popular perceptions, the Democrats who disagree with the Bush administration did not all renounce their party and flee to France. We're pretty sure that John Ashcroft already has a team of double-agents monitoring their activities at: http://www.democraticunderground.com *All the music you didn't know you liked Yes, a dozen CDs for a penny is still a hard deal to pass up, but in the commercial-ear-candy-music clubs you won't find the eclectic and often "Spirit-informed" independent artists available at Paste Music. Plus, there's lots of free - and legal - downloads to sample. Go to: http://www.pastemusic.com GIVE TO SOJOURNERS Donate now to support our work. SOJOMAIL STAFF David Batstone Executive Editor Molly Marsh Assistant Editor Ryan Beiler Web Editor Kate Bowman Internet Assistant Tucker Ball Marketing Director Larry Bellinger Advertising Manager Bob Sabath Chief Technologist CONTACT US SojournersT 202.328.8842 2401 15th Street NWF 202.328.8757 Washington, DC 20009 http://www.sojo.net For more information, e-mail us:info@sojo.net Copyright (c) 2003 Sojourners. All Rights Reserved. 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The Common Good

'When You Pray, Move Your Feet'

Sojomail - June 12, 2003

www.sojo.net06.12.2003
Quote of the Week MLK: The weakness of violence
Faith and Politics Duane Shank: 'When you pray, move your feet'
Funny Business Your patriotic duty: A homeland security self-exam
Politically Connect Aceh: In the shadow of Iraq
Media Watch Saving Private Lynch, take two
Biz Ethics Students vs. sweatshops
Building a Movement The best Father's Day gift (for the whole family)
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK ^top

"Violence may murder the murderer, but it doesn't murder murder. Violence may murder the liar, but it doesn't murder lies; it doesn't establish truth.... Violence may go to the point of murdering the hater, but it doesn't murder hate. It may increase hate. It is always a descending spiral leading nowhere. This is the ultimate weakness of violence: It multiplies evil and violence in the universe. It doesn't solve any problems."

-Martin Luther King Jr.

FAITH AND POLITICS ^top
'When you pray, move your feet'
by Duane Shank

"You don't know how much influence you're having up here. You have brought a religious and moral dimension to this debate," Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut told Jim Wallis as she was leaving a Call to Renewal Capitol Hill Prayer Gathering on Tuesday.

"Pentecost 2003: Putting America's Poor on the National Agenda" began on Monday, when a group of religious leaders met with White House domestic policy staff to express their profound dismay with the failure of the administration to develop a budget and tax policy that promotes the well-being of our poorest citizens. In a 90-minute meeting, they didn't change their minds, but they listened and are aware of these concerns coming from a broad range of faith leaders. The group also delivered a letter to the president, signed by 34 national religious leaders. In that letter, the leaders noted that "the lack of a consistent, coherent, and integrated domestic policy that benefits low-income people makes our continued support for your faith-based initiative increasingly untenable." (You can read the letter at http://www.calltorenewal.org/Pentecost_2003_MR_WHLetter.html )

Our plan for Pentecost had been to focus on the recent tax cut bill and its exclusion of low-income families. But last Thursday the Senate approved new legislation fixing that omission, and Monday morning the administration announced its support and that it would urge the House to also quickly act. It seemed that our presence in Washington was already making a difference.

Tuesday was our day on Capitol Hill. A group of senior Senate policy staff led an issue forum which became a dynamic discussion with pastors and faith-based leaders from around the country. Call to Renewal delegations then met with their Senate offices to press them on budget and tax policies.

At the same time, the group of religious leaders met with Senators Blanche Lincoln (D- Ark.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) to directly engage them on the same issues. We were then joined by a group of 10 members of the House of Representatives, led by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), to pray that the children left out of this tax cut and so much else on Capitol Hill will be included in future decisions.

The culminating event was Wednesday morning's Prayer Breakfast. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), introduced by Rep. Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.), was given our "Joseph Award" as a person who has faithfully used a position of influence to benefit those in poverty. Rev. Jim Dickerson and MANNA, Inc., introduced by Rev. Gordon Cosby, received the "Amos Award" for faithfully serving God and their community. The powerful preaching for justice by both Rep. Lewis and Rev. Dickerson made this not a typical Washington prayer breakfast. Lewis instructed us: "When you pray, remember to move your feet," and Dickerson urged us to "never quit."

As always, each of our days ended with a service of music, prayer, and preaching. With music led by Ken Medema and preaching by Jim Wallis and Yvonne Delk, our spirits were lifted. Monday evening's service was followed by a procession and prayer vigil across from the White House.

We're thankful for those who traveled from around the country to be with us, and we all went home thankful for our being able to raise a voice in Washington. We prayed and moved our feet, and trust that God will use our efforts for our brothers and sisters in poverty.

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Columnist E.J. Dionne wrote about the religious leaders meeting at the White House on the Washington Post's opinion page. See "Faith-Based Talk -- Where's the Action?"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37340-2003Jun9.html

For Call to Renewal's press releases on the week's events, see

http://www.calltorenewal.org/Pentecost_2003_MR.html


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FUNNY BUSINESS ^top
Your patriotic duty: A homeland security self-exam
by Ray Lesser

There's no longer any need for invasive and expensive government agency procedures to determine whether or not you're a terrorist. Now, you can do it yourself (as required by sec. 2476, sub-paragraph B, of the USA Patriot Act). That's why we've created the following Homeland Security Self-Examination. A few sample questions:

I fly the American Flag:
a. On both sides of my SUV.
b. In front of company headquarters.
c. On three-day weekends.
d. At half-staff to mourn for the death of our democracy.

In regard to foreign countries, what should a patriot do?
a. Do onto others pre-emptively, before they do onto you.
b. Through bribery, assassination, and subterfuge, install puppet governments that will allow us to extract all their natural resources.
c. Bomb 'em if they mess with us.
d. Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.

For the complete exam, visit:

http://www.funnytimes.com/lessercolumns/200306RL.html


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POLITICALLY CONNECT ^top
Aceh: In the shadow of Iraq
by Leah C. Wells, CommonDreams

Did anyone notice the uncanny similarities between the recent U.S.-led war in Iraq and Indonesia's crackdown of Aceh? An internationally supported peace agreement between the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and Indonesian government collapsed and Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri imposed a state of martial law in the remote province, ordering tens of thousands of troops to militarily crush the guerrilla force.

A major component of the U.S.-led war on Iraq was control of Iraq's oil. The war in Aceh also has similar subtexts. The gas-rich area of northwestern Sumatra houses a huge Exxon-Mobil gas field which is at the heart of the controversy. The plant is guarded by the Indonesian military which, according to human rights groups, receives upwards of $100,000 per month for security services from the corporation.

The TNI is using U.S.-made military equipment in Aceh that it acquired prior to the U.S. congressional ban on military sales, according to Human Rights Watch. While currently not supplying the Indonesian military with weapons, last year the House and Senate Appropriations Committees voted to restart the International Military Education and Training for Indonesia akin to the training that Latin American soldiers receive at the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, GA.

Find more connections at:

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0528-08.htm


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In this issue of Sojourners:
1. The danger of Christian Zionism
2. Middle East: road map or dead end?
3. The Archbishop of Canterbury on the Iraq war
4. Vigilantes on the U.S.-Mexican border
5. Michelle Shocked talks about her faith
6. And much more.

If you don't subscribe to Sojourners magazine, you are missing out on award-winning features, commentary, poetry, humor, devotionals, and much more! Go to: http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.sojomail_free


MEDIA WATCH ^top
Saving Private Lynch, take two
by Robert Scheer

After a thorough investigation, the British Broadcasting Corp. has presented a shocking dissection of the "heroic" rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, as reported by the U.S. military and a breathless American press. Lynch, who says she has no memory of the events in question, has suffered enough in the line of duty without being reduced to a propaganda pawn.

But where the manipulation of this saga really gets ugly is in the premeditated manufacture of the rescue itself, which stains those who have performed real acts of bravery, whether in war or peacetime.

Eight days after her capture, American media trumpeted the military's story that Lynch was saved by Special Forces that stormed the hospital and, in the face of heavy hostile fire, managed to scoop her up and helicopter her out. The footage from the raid, shot not by journalists but by soldiers with night-vision cameras, was artfully edited by the Pentagon and released as proof that a battle to free Lynch had occurred when it had not.

Read the full story at:

http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=15018

Read the BBC report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/correspondent/3028585.stm

BIZ ETHICS ^top
Students vs. sweatshops

Armed with the name and address of a Salvadoran garment factory, and reinforced with serious questions directed at the U.S. owner, high school students in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, and New York won significant improvements in conditions for workers which produce school uniforms for export to the United States.

The National Labor Committee has released a new report, detailing these improvements, and examining what still needs to be done. Read the full report online at:

http://www.nlcnet.org/campaigns/uniforms/elsalvador/report.shtml


Web Development and Hosting with Sojourners! Sojourners is considering a new service for our readers and partner organizations. If you (or your company, church, organization, university) is interested in developing a database-driven Web site on a tight budget, revamping your current site, need a reliable Web site host, or desire peace of mind from working with a like-minded organization, please e-mail Jeremiah at hosting@sojo.net for more information.


BUILDING A MOVEMENT ^top
The best Father's Day gift (for the whole family)

With Father's Day fast approaching, it's appropriate to ask what dads need most. "If employers really want to honor Dad this year, they could start by giving him some time off," says Gretchen Burger, national staffperson for Take Back Your Time Day. On October 24, 2003, concerned citizens all across the country will participate in teach-ins and other events to challenge overwork and "time poverty" in America. And it's not just for dads - millions of Americans are overworked, over-scheduled, and just plain stressed out.

Learn more at:

http://www.timeday.org

BOOMERANG ^top

Mother Bonnie writes from Ossining, New York:

Friends, your weekly quotes are getting more and more annoying...But this week's Woody Guthrie line really makes the word "naive" seem mild. War is not and never has been based on profit.

The war profiteering that has characterized the past hundred years is the result of something that both the Roundheads and the Cavaliers would have understood: It's called original sin. It's just taken on a new and alluring disguise. It is the business of capitalism ever to expand its markets; if I have a clothing factory, and it looks like I can make a profit by supplying military uniforms, of course I am going to supply the uniforms. The factory does not cause the war; the uniforms do not cause the war. Sin causes the war, and sin leads to exploitation of war's requirements for personal gain. Until we begin addressing sin, we are not going to have much movement in addressing war, or cruelty, or mistreatment of neighbors, because the lie is so deeply embedded. The lie is that we think we're okay, and that the way we live is normal.

--------------

Joanna Harmon writes:

It is absolutely incomprehensible to me that this so-called tax cut bill should have become law. The immorality and inhumanity of it surpasses imagination. I hope that Call to Renewal will send a clear message that our patience is rapidly being exhausted. How much more can we demand of the poor before we have become exactly the kind of totalitarian government that suppresses the poor and needy and bleeds them of ever more of what little money they possess? Shame on us.

--------------

Rob Erickson writes from Minnesota:

I agree that those people cut out of the child tax credit should receive some relief. I too was a little shocked. It is quite a large number of people not receiving help, and people that could most use the help. But on another level I can see where it makes sense (not that it's right, just that it makes sense). A majority of the people that will be excluded from the relief do not pay income taxes. I can see where the government could have the attitude "if you don't put in, you won't get back." Again, I'm not saying it is right, and I believe that everyone should get some help. I'm just saying that in Mr. Wallis's article he decided to leave out this nugget of information which makes the bill seem even more evil.

[Ed. note: Poor people do pay payroll taxes, excise taxes, sales taxes, etc., so they do "put it in." The tax cuts in the recent legislation aren't only for income tax - taxes were cut on dividends and capital gains for rich folks.]

--------------

Ken Koonce writes from Dallas:

I was somewhat amazed that Sojourners took such a strong stand against the recent changes in ownership rules by the FCC. No writer provided any biblical or theological reason I could find why this would be an issue that a Christian, as opposed to a simply Democratic or liberal, activist should be concerned about. If Sojourners keeps this up, I fear that it will become simply another left-wing journal, having lost any particularly Christian voice.

--------------

Owen Calhoun writes: I'm sick of reading about people putting down President Bush for waging war on the people who are living in poverty in Iraq. What planet are they living on? The war was waged against Saddam Hussein who was a multi-millionaire and killing 5,000 people a month who were living in poverty. Get your facts straight! If Saddam had not been taken out of power, how many more thousand Iraqis would have died? Consequently, a lot fewer lives of the good Iraqis were taken because of the war. How would anyone suggest that Saddam be taken out of power - by asking him politely to get out of the country and saying please? How long do you think you would have lived?

--------------

Sharon Haller writes from Minneapolis:

As a 12 year veteran and Persian Gulf war vet from the first round, I am disgusted with our administration's manipulation, lies, and deceit about why we as a nation moved our security strategy from defense to pre-emptive first strike against a country we have bombed and sanctioned for the past 12 years and then disarmed before our act of naked aggression not for defense, but for profit and oil. They have disgraced the men and women in uniform, alive and dead, and they deserve to be impeached!

----------------------

Boomerang is an open forum for all kinds of views. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Sojourners. Want to make your voice heard? Send Boomerang e-mails to the editor:

boomerang@sojo.net

WEB SCENE ^top
*Financial planning for dummies - no, smart people

Though it says it's for "everyone who loves money, hates planning, and wants answers," this site may also useful for folks who love their neighbor, hate the root of all evil, and want to be good stewards of their filthy lucre.

Go to: http://www.ihatefinancialplanning.com


*Democratic underground

Contrary to popular perceptions, the Democrats who disagree with the Bush administration did not all renounce their party and flee to France. We're pretty sure that John Ashcroft already has a team of double-agents monitoring their activities at:

http://www.democraticunderground.com


*All the music you didn't know you liked

Yes, a dozen CDs for a penny is still a hard deal to pass up, but in the commercial-ear-candy-music clubs you won't find the eclectic and often "Spirit-informed" independent artists available at Paste Music. Plus, there's lots of free - and legal - downloads to sample.

Go to: http://www.pastemusic.com



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