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Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Which Corporations are Buying Your Candidates?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100907-congress-tshirts.jpg"></a>The midterm election season is upon us, the first since the <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supc ...

Is the Cordoba House "Insensitive"?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">"Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. "Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right ...

Angel Island: History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: This statement was delivered at an interfaith prayer vigil at the U.S. Editor's Note ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100901-restoringhonor1.jpg"></a>Glenn Beck is wrong on so much: wrong on social justice and liberation theology. His logic is often flawed. ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When the nation is the object of one's highest concern; when national documents are considered holy scripture; when the nation's founders and historical figures are lifted to the status of demi-god ...

What Constitutes Sacred Space at Ground Zero?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Close to nine years after the attacks on September 11, Lower Manhattan remains plagued by the sight of a gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood. Close to nine years after th ...

Finding Faith in the Margins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was interviewed in <a href="http://www.statesman.com/life/faith/satirist-ponders-true-meaning-of-christ-outside-christianity-870492.html">The Austin American Statesman</a> about my ...

A Different Idea for Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's an idea for people who are unhappy about having an Islamic Center near the site of the World Trade Center, especially if those people are Bible-believing Christians and/or defenders of the U ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">Tea Party quotes. Elizabeth Warren. Quran burning. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week.</span></p> ...

The Implications of Calling Cordoba House a "Mosque"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Peace-loving, law-abiding American Muslims suffered losses ...

The Summer of Our Discontent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Remember January 2009? That month, the country witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Remember January ...

What I Meant To Say About Missouri
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When my <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/04/missouris-health-care-dilemma/">previous post about Missouri's health-care insurance vote</a> and obesity rates was posted, commenter ...

Attention Must Be Paid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In our 24-hour news cycle society, where news and so-called news (sensationalism, by any other name) is thrown at us at lightning speed and in ever-increasing amounts, it can be difficult to distin ...

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is one thing the opponents of the Cordoba Initiative (that plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero) have in common with the Cordoba Initiative's leadership: their clear con ...

Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

Understanding the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

If I hadn't just read <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Millions-Coyote-Capitalism-Immigration/dp/047042334X?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thenefrev-20&amp;link_code=btl&amp;camp=21368 ...

The Parable of Shirley Sherrod
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Shirley Sherrod <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/21/agriculture.employee.usda/index.html" target="_blank">incident</a>, the latest stumble in our nation's c ...

'Hey Obama, Don't Deport My Momma!': A Photo Essay
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/29/hey-obama-dont-deport-my-momma-a-photo-essay/"></a>A children's rendition of Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' filled t ...

World-Renowned Peacemaker Art Gish Dies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100729-artgish.jpg"></a>Art and Peggy Gish are career peace, civil rights, and human rights activists who embody the motto of their primary a ...

Op-Eds Worth Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. This morning, I found a trifecta of three of my favorite op-ed writers in the papers. The eff ...

Shirley Sherrod's True Revelation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The controversy over the injustice done to Shirley Sherrod, the African-American woman whose comments on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/race/">race</a> were taken out of context, misre ...

"CO2 is Green": More Big Oil Propaganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Big oil and big coal are worried about the upcoming climate change legislation. They're especially worried about what it will do to their b ...

BP Deliberately Alters Images from Houston Command
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

BP is spewing sludge into the world again, this time via the Internet, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">not the Gulf</a>. BP is spewing sludge i ...

Help for the Unemployed, Now 60 Percent Off!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We're in a recession with <a href="http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/job_seekers_still_face_intolerable_odds">four or five job seekers to every open job</a>, according to the lat ...

A Republican Pastor for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and care at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. I am an evangelical Christian. My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and c ...

Gulf Apocalypse: Don't Watch This Video
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<h1><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">Conservationist John L. Wathen a.k.a. Conservationist John L. Wathen a.k.a. "Hurricane Creek C ...

What Do We Do When There Are No Simple Solutions?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The other day, I got together with a pastor friend who is feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by the extent of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the Gulf oil spill</a> and his ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

Make it Right: Bring Jobs to the Wetlands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Before the Gulf Coast's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">100-percent-human-made oil spill disaster</a>, there was Katrina. That hurricane wasn't the strongest to hi ...

Immigration, the Bible, and the Lawsuit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524-immigration-civil-disobedience-lisa-sharon-harper.jpg"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/getting-past-false-debates ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I asked some <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/07/we-must-ask-moral-questions-about-our-oil-addiction-part-i/">moral questions about our oil addiction</a>. ...

Flag vs. Font: Pledging Our Allegiance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">"You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever." (The Book of Common Prayer) " ...

Praying on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong><em>Editor's note: </em></strong><em>Jim Wallis is on a tour of the Gulf Coast with an interfaith group of leaders sponsored by the Sierra Club. ...

Why Christianity and July 4th May Be Compatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

iPhones. Broken oil rigs. The World Cup. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> iPhones. Broken oil rigs. The World Cup. Here ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

Video: President's Address on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/video-presidents-address-on-comprehensive-immigration-reform/"></a>President Obama spoke at American University yesterday and called for ...

Calling the Church to Pray for the Gulf
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> "If we believe in God, then we have hope," said Maurice, a resident of Grand Bayou, Louisiana. Having just traveled 80 miles walking, ...

It's Time to End This War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After his unanimous approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee as the new Afghan war commander, General David Petraeus was pictured in <em>The Washington Post</em> with a broad smile and thu ...

Obama to Speak on Immigration Reform Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama is keeping hope alive for <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/comprehensive-immigration-reform/">comprehensive immigration reform legislation</a> this year. ...

Voices from the Gulf: Besieged by Depression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender"></p> <p class="wackmsg_new_sender">< ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

Voices from the Gulf: 'I am Hurt, Angry, but Hopeful'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

Time for Some Angry Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'd say Barack Obama's long and often tenuous honeymoon with progressive Americans took what looks like a lethal blow in spring 2010. I'd say Barack Obama's lo ...

Immigration, Children, and the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/15/immigration-children-and-the-way-of-jesus/"></a>Last month, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/20/a-second-graders-challenge-t ...

Foreclosure: Dismantling Family Ties
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A recent study authored by National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina found that family bonds were profoundly distressed after exper ...

Empathy and Empire are Antithetical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A University of Michigan study suggests that the college students of today are 40 percent less empathetic than students twenty or thirty years ago. A University of Michigan study ...

Grief, Repentance, and the BP Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100607_BPlogo1.JPG"></a>The current<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/"> crisis in the Gulf of Mexico</a> is b ...

Diversity is the New Normal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/04/diversity-is-the-new-normal/"></a>One of my readers sent me a video a couple months ago because, well, I somehow mysteriously got on thi ...