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'It Couldn't Happen Among Christians!'
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Even after the Ray Rice video, churches are in denial about sexual violence.  WHEN IT COM ...

A Legacy of Praying Women
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Change is going to come, but not through politics, or legislation, nor the occasional controversy, like the firestorm that recently brewed in the NFL. Change comes through a collective value, a collective visi ...

Miss America, the NFL, and Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

Sunday night, 23-year old Kira Kazantsev proved two things when she was crowned Miss America for 2015. First, she can make a nationally television audience “happy” by using only a red plastic cup. Second, dome ...

Why I Accept Mark Driscoll's Apology ... And You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Well, we’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder. Well, we’ve just concluded another week in Amer ...

The Loophole That Allows Domestic Abusers to Have Guns
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, dangerous people with records of domestic violence, stalking, and aggression have no legal restriction keeping them from obtaining guns. Across the country, d ...

Canada's Mining Dominance
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Today, Canadian companies account for 75 percent of mining worldwide, and their practices are rife with abuse. ...

Key Domestic Violence Resources
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Check out these resources to help you and your faith community address the sin of domestic violence. ...

Beyond Anger Management
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Tony Lapp What your church can do to address abusive behaviors. IN THE PAST, programs like Menergy were often ...

Naming the Sin
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle D. Bernard Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it? JULIE OWENS had no way of ...

Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara Wenger Shenk John Howard Yoder's history as an abuser clouds his legacy. JOHN HOWARD YODER, who die ...

Jesus and the Top Secret Empire
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom. ...

Ariel Castro: 'I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help.'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

We lie to ourselves if we imagine that our sin is no less ugly in the eyes of God than the worst imaginable. Is my, or your sin, really so different? Like everyone else I would gu ...

No Room at the Inn
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully. REV. ...

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries Still Waiting for an Apology
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

When the Republic of Ireland apologized to the wayward girls who were sent to the Magdalene laundries for hard work and no pay, Teresa Bell felt encouraged. Surely, she thought, the government of Northern Irel ...

OMG! Kim Kardashian Gains Weight While Pregnant!
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

My heart breaks because we can’t get away from the objectification of women in our culture. Magazines. Television. Movies. Websites. It’s everywhere. Last week, a member of my you ...

Victims Raise Profile of ‘Spiritual Abuse’
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

Wanjico, of Casa Grande, Ariz., was 17 years old when she chose to go with the congregation and shun her mom. Looking back now, at age 49, she says it was the most devastating thing she’s ever done. ...

Rape Culture: How Our Scorn for Self-Control Drowns Out ‘No’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy to look at the now-infamous Steubenville case and see a Penn State writ small — a story of rape in the social-media age. What’s harder to see in Steubenville is ourselves. ...

Stand and Support the Violence Against Women Act
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

The Violence Against Women Act is up for a vote in the Senate next week, and Americans from every corner of the country are calling our policymakers to reauthorize this important legislation. ...

Border Violence is Fast & Furious; Four Killed in Recent Weeks
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

Four deaths in six weeks across the border region, one common offender. Candles burn near the bloodstained concrete sidewalk where a youth was tragically killed when more than a d ...

Shariah or Not, Muslim Divorces Can Get Tricky
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

What if American judges were prohibited from considering Shariah and other foreign laws, as many state and national politicians want to see happen? New Jersey lawyer Abed Awad has ...

Obama Speaks Out Against Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed — that’s slavery. "When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family — girls my daughters’ age — runs away fro ...

Federal Court Says Accused Abusive Priest Didn’t Work for the Vatican
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the Vatican from a lawsuit filed by a former Portland teenager who says he was sexually abused by a pedophile priest who was transferred from Ireland to Chicago and then Por ...

High Appreciation or Holy Adoration? The Slippery Slope of Sports
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The differences between high appreciation and holy adoration are often subtle, yet they require our deep recognition, resilient consideration, and careful navigation. I love spor ...

Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Penn State
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: SojoMail

July 26, 2012 Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Pe ...

How Do You Call the Cops on the Cops? Sobering Accounts of Abuse by Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

With each Homeland Security busload of migrants being released from Border Patrol custody, we listened and then documented case after case of abuse. What would you do if you were ...

'Sound of My Voice': Belief, Skepticism and Cults
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

In the feature-length drama Sound of My Voice, Peter Aitken, a 20-something school teacher, is angry at the cultish fanaticism that led to his mother’s death (per her cult’s teaching, she refused to take medic ...

Mothers, Violence and the House GOP
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Why is the House GOP insisting on a scaled down version of the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that the Senate reauthorized with bipartisan support in April? Because they have decided certai ...

Breaking the Chains of Religious Tradition
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Where I come from - that means here in the United States, in 2012 - women fear, legitimately, that they might lose their children if they lose their religion. Where I come from, ...

Abu Ghraib, Unrepentance, and the Way of the Cross
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

In recent interview, Lynndie England was unrepentant of her involvement in Abu Ghraib. Her only regret, it turns out, is that her actions may have directly caused American casualties. ...

Christian 'Exorcism' Leads to Gay Teen's Suicide
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 6:57am | Type: Blog

Eric James Borges was teased his entire life for being different. Though he didn’t come out publicly until his sophomore year of college, he recalls emotional and physical abuse as far back as kindergarten for ...

Defending (and Empowering) the Vulnerable
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

There is no doubt that people with disabilities – who are often marginalized in the workforce, our neighborhoods, and sometimes even in their own families – are particularly susceptible to abuse. ...

Say It Ain't So, David
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Abuse of physical strength and power hasn’t been limited to the locker rooms at Penn State. Nor is it limited to middle-aged men. It's in every culture, every city and state, and in every generation. And, ...

Ali Forney Center's Ad Supporting LGBT Homeless Youth
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night, the night it rained, that it got to me. The first few nights weren't so bad. It was on the fourth night ...

Human Trafficking and the Food We Buy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

January 11 is recognized around the world as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/trafficking/" target="_blank">Human Trafficking</a> Awareness Day. J ...

Justice and Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We can hi ...

Craigslist "Johns" and Impulse Exploitation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As debate rages on about Craigslist"s recent decision to delete its "adult services" section, some clues about their perspective can be found in their response to the <a href="http://www ...

Loving in Spirit and in Truth: In Support of the Cordoba House (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a courageous and intelligent woman. Born in Somalia, she immigrated to the Netherlands in 1992. She served in the Dutch parliament from 2003- 2006. Ayaan Hi ...

Humanizing the Prison System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. "I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. With these words, David Chura thr ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

Why I Remain a Catholic Priest, Despite Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. My ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

British Evangelist Steve Chalke upset a lot of evangelicals of a reformed bent with two little paragraphs in (his book that has so much worth reading in it beyond what has got all the attention) <a ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...