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A Faith Declaration for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the course of the health-care debate, voices of faith have been raised about the moral values at stake beneath the policy discussions. Over the course of the health-care deba ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

Health Care: Human Right, Civil Right, Privilege, or Market Commodity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is health care?</p> What is health care? Is it a human right, civil right, privilege or market commodity? Is it a public good, moral obligation, government obligat ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Ken Burns' National Parks: An Unnatural Wilderness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week Ken Burns unleashed his new series on America's national parks, subtitled "America's Best Idea." The cinematography is incredible and Ken Burns is known as a progressive thinker. ...

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week, a friend sent me a link to a video from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas titled <a href="http://www.swbts.edu/index.cfm?pageid=1701">"Taking the Hill."< ...

Personal and Pragmatic Reasons for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christians to be peacemakers and healers. Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christian ...

Everybody Hates Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663709242_ZioTU"></a>There's one thing these days that it seems you can get everyone to agree ...

'Apology Porn' and Yom Kippur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If there had been a way to power-wash my brain, I would have done it.</p> If there had been a way to power-wash my brain, I would have done it. The words, images, and em ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is some good conversation going around God's Politics partner blogs about what role race is playing in the current wave of opposition to Obama's policies, including Rep. ...

'Loving Thy Neighbor': People of Faith Speak Out against Unjust Immigration Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A recent Center for American Progress report, <a title="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html" href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_t ...

Prayerland U.S.A.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20Prayer-t.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=1&amp;em"><em>The New York Time</em>s <em>Magazine</em> publish ...

Global Warming's Six Americas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Climate Week is upon us, and as world leaders gather at the UN and the G-20 to nibble away at the problem of international cooperation to address the issue, popular American responses seem to veer ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3/1/#599051510_WL6dK"></a>During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ar ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

Integrity and the Economic Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The economic crisis that started last fall and was remembered last week brought to light a lot of things: the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/business/14spiral.html">vulnerability< ...

Pray for Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"></a><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"> ...

Government-Run Health Plans and the 'American Way of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Tea-totaling party animals are crying the mantra of the Ghosts of Conservatives-past, "Blankety blank blank will change our American way of life!" Now all the president's men and women -- especi ...

Love Your Political Enemies: A Response to Jimmy Carter's Comments on Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against President Obama and his plans for health-care reform. I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against ...

Big Food vs. Big Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his September 9 <em>New York Times</em> article,<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/opinion/10pollan.html"> "Big Food vs. In his Septemb ...

One Nation, Underprivileged: Analyzing the Game Instead of the Players
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If life were a game, it could be said that we like to analyze the players (the winners and the losers) of the game, rather than the game itself. If life were a game, it could be s ...

Labor Day Weekend Ironies: What Do Child Labor and S'mores Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away. Last Monday, our family, like millions of other ...

Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10obama.text.html?ref=politics">speech last evening</a>, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition i ...

My Reaction to Obama's Speech? It's a Start, but I Want More
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a voracious woman.</p> I am a voracious woman. There was much in President Obama's speech on health care that I appreciated. He has taken us a long way toward ...

Poverty: Looking at Why Instead of Who
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For many Americans, our current housing crisis, banking meltdown, and global recession are increasing the risk of falling into poverty. For many Americans, our current housing cri ...

Why the U.S. Ranks 37 Among World Health Systems, Plus Four Alternative Models
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is the richest nation on earth. It has some of the best-trained physicians and best medical facilities on earth. It is a leader in medical innovation and medical education. ...

Three Reasons Latina/os Should Not Boycott the U.S. Census
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a Latina sociologist and an activist-in-training who has spent substantial time with scholars and activists studying U.S. Latina/o communities from both professional and personal viewpoints. ...

Obama's School Speech Outcry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Most folks who've read my blog over some time should know that while I very much respect President Obama, I don't go ga-ga and drool over this man. Most folks who'v ...

Sister Sotomayor: Lady Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed more than one month ago, so why, you may ask, am I just now penning a blog about her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court? The answer is easy -- I was scared. I ...

Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never really trusted those who are intolerant and condemning of other people's shortcomings. It makes me suspect they are likely hiding their own. I have never really ...

Four Years after Katrina: Hope and Challenge on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>This will be the first year congressional leaders and President Obama won't travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary ...

A Doctor Makes Sense of the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the debate over health-care reform heats up, conflicting claims from both sides make it increasingly difficult to sort out the issues and choose a position for which to advocate. ...

Kennedy, Health Care, and Imperfection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol on the Capitol Subway. The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol ...

The Downstream Media and the Death of Political Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The passing of Sen. The passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy has brought forth many reflections on his ability-regardless of his reputation as the archetypal Massachusetts liberal-to en ...

Video: Ted Kennedy Speaking at Jerry Falwell's College
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Evidence of Sen. Ted Kennedy's bipartisan bridge-building: <span class="description">On Oct. 3, 1983, he addressed Rev. Evidence of Sen. Ted Kennedy's bi ...

Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I approach the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/11/an-open-letter-to-conservative-christians-in-the-us-on-health-care/">discussion about health-care reform</a> from the perspective o ...

As a Pediatrician, a Muslim, and a Mother: Speaking Out for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As representatives from many different faiths, we stand together today, united in our support for health-care reform so that affordable, quality health care can be made available to all. ...

Nazis, Commies, and Manicheans in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would pick sides of American and Nazis. Of course, everyone wanted be the Americans, the good guys. I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I went to the grocery store at midnight the other night.</p> <p>Is it just me or are the lights at the grocery story brighter at midnight?</p> I went to the groc ...

Liberty in North Korea
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's been more than a week since journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee returned to American soil, and the entire world is waiting on baited breath to hear their stories. It ...

We Must Act on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.</p> As a nation, we are engaged ...

An Open Letter On Health Care to Conservative Christians in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dear Friends,</p> Dear Friends, Although today I would not call myself a political or social conservative, I am grateful for my heritage as an evangelical Christian: My ...

Letter to Congress on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<h3 style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-most-of-us-want-to-say-to-congress.html"> D ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

Palin Bad for Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Thursday, I wrote about <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/" href="../2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/&q ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Regular readers will know that in the past year, I embarked on a genuinely life-altering journey. I emigrated to the United States, got married, and now make my home in North Carolina. ...

Who Lit The Fire Under the Right-Wing 'Populists' Against Health-Care Reform?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://rosemarieberger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/obamacare.jpg"></a>By now, we've all seen the angry "regular Americans" who are rising up to resist ...