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New Research on Why Nonviolence Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was in a "webinar" (live online presentation thingy) recently with <a href="http://echenoweth.faculty.wesleyan.edu/" target="_blank">Erica Chenoweth</a> from Wesley ...

Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Arizona's lawmakers just keep finding ways to transform their xenophobia into law. First, they questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a legitimate holiday. Arizona ...

10 Good Things Vegetarianism Can do for You (and the World)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Having just read <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-of-eating-animals-jonathan.html">Jonathan Safran Foer's <em>Eating Animals</em></a>, I'm in ...

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 ...

Free Speech vs. Fundamentalist Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A few days back, small groups of college students at <a href="http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/shift-chalks-depictions-of-muhammad-1.2263827">Northwestern</a>,<a href="http ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Today, April 19, is the 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of domestic terrorism -- the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building -- which killed 168 people, many of th ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

What is the Tea Party position on war?</p> What is the Tea Party position on war? While we witness crowds gathering in the name of the Boston Tea Party protest against t ...

Immigration Enforcement Goes From Bad to Worse in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial immigration legislation in Arizona. The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial i ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

This Isn't About Wallis vs. Beck--It's About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>This post was written in response to the </em>Washington Post <em><a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2010/04/beck_vs_wallis_social_justice/all.html">On Fa ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

Nonviolence: What About Hitler?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis? ...

A Good START: Reducing the Idolatry of Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The decades-long struggle to first reduce and then abolish nuclear weapons achieved two major goals this week that we can celebrate.</p> The decades-long struggle to first r ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

What Our New Nuclear Policy Really Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The new U.S. The new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is a significant step toward reducing nuclear dangers, advancing global nonproliferation norms, and facilitating further red ...

Jesus and the Klan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

Kudos and Good News Coverage on the Glenn Beck Social Justice Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/19/jim-wallis-loves-his-enemies-with-a-little-help-from-his-friends/">Don Miller was SojoFriend #1</a> for his eloquent framing of the Gle ...

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made o ...

Video: Glenn Beck Begins to 'Hammer'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made o ...

The Family Research Council, Wolves, and Shepherds' Clothing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In a recent Family Research Council e-mail, in an article titled, "Rev. Wallis: Wolf in Shepard's [sic] Clothing?" Tony Perkins aligned himself with Fox News commentator <a href=&quo ...

In Spite of Glenn Beck's New Threats, My Invitation to Dialogue Stands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Last week, when radio and television talk show host Glenn Beck said that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/11/glenn-beck-responds-social-justice-is-a-perversion-of-the-gospel/">social justi ...

Video: Jim Wallis Talks about Glenn Beck and Social Justice on MSNBC
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> Plus, here are some links to additional coverage in <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/03/12/beck.boycott/index.html">CNN</a>, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/vi ...

Glenn Beck Responds: Social Justice 'Is a Perversion of the Gospel'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

BREAKING UPDATE: <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/glennbeck_socialjustice">Our message to Glenn Beck is getting through.</a> This morning on his radio show he responded to <a href= ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

Bearing Witness Against Cyber-Smears in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? How is it then, whether in relati ...

The Contentious Issue of 'Selective Conscientious Objection'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/09/encouraging-informed-freedom-of-conscience-on-questions-of-war/">As I have been talking about</a> the <a href="http://www.conscienceinwar. ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>Often when Sojourners addresses issues relating to Israel and Pale ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Cut the Deficit--Cut Military Spending
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to Congress this week, totals $3.8 trillion and projects a deficit of $1.6 trillion. President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to ...

Glenn Beck, Come Drink Some Kool-Aid with Me
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. ...

'Irreconcilable Islam' and Irascible Christianity, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/05/gingrich-labels-irreconcilable-wing-of-islam-but-ignores-irascible-christianity/">[continued from part 1]</a> If duplicity were the only moral fai ...

Gingrich Labels 'Irreconcilable Wing of Islam' but Ignores Irascible Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"'Tell me what distinguishes the murderer at Fort Hood, the people we arrested in Denver and Detroit and New York, and the five people who were just picked up in Pakistan?'" Former House Sp ...

U.S. Military Aid and the Paramilitaries Behind the Philippine Election Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

For many of us in the U.S., the sometimes vicious attack ads of last year's presidential election are more than just a recent memory. For many of us in the U.S., the sometime ...

The U.S. Shouldn't Bless Honduras's Flawed Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with National Party leader Porfirio Lobo declared the winner.</p> Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with Nati ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

Afghanistan: Women and Children First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pacifist as president or that Gen. It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pa ...

'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costumes Cash in on Racist Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>For many in the US, Halloween is a time to dress-up as a character from a movie, a politician, a witch, vampire, and For many in the US, Hallow ...

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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."< ...

A Prayer for Derrion Albert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every dawning day we wake to the news of human violence against humanity. We see images of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who've traveled a long way from home to fight terrorists. ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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. ...

Our National Loss of Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"You lie!" yelled Representative Joe Wilson during President Obama's recent address before a joint session of Congress. "You lie!" yelled Representative J ...

Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

Remembering History's Evils
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I spent some time this summer visiting my parents in Taos, NM, and while doing all the touristy things there, I couldn't help but encounter stories of the history of the place that truly made me th ...

The Downstream Media and the Death of Political Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...