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James Dobson's 'Letter From 2012 in Obama's America'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

James Dobson, you owe America an apology. James Dobson, you owe America an apology. The fictional letter released through your Focus on the Family Action organization, titled &q ...

Tutu on the Election's Dangerous Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few hours before the bodies of Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago's South Side last Friday, across town one of the world's greatest peacemakers b ...

Spreading the Wealth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>After three decades of "concentrate the wealth," we could really use some "spread ...

Dichotomies and Dilemmas in the Global Warming Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Tonight at 9 p.m. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, many of us will tune in to Heat , a PBS investigative documentary on climate change and what big business is doing to address it. ...

The Sad Truth about the Surge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In a recent conversation I had about the coming election, a friend reiterated the campaign rhetoric that the "surge" in Iraq has worked, and that Barack Obama ought to admit that John McCain was ri ...

A New Conversation on Abortion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In last evening's presidential debate, the first steps were taken toward a new national conversation about abortion. For too many years, the old one hadn't changed very much. ...

John McCain's Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

"I think if McCain uses these very nasty character references he risks losing his soul. "I think if McCain uses these very nasty character references he risks losing his ...

American First, Christian Second?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Recently, I watched an ongoing <em>New York Times</em> online report by Jennifer Steinhauer and Ben Werschkul called <a title="http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=5aac1546381f300674da8a59 ...

What is the Meaning of "Life"? -- Seeking Common Ground on Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

For too long abortion was seen as the only "life" issue in our culture and politics, but there is a growing conviction among Christians that poverty, disease, war, the health-care crisis, human tra ...

Seeing True Worth Despite Financial Downfall and Political Demonization
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Editor's Note: I've been enjoying The Sanc ...

Just as You Did for the Middle Class, You Also Did For Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the all too familiar script of presidential elections and debates, these words have essentially replaced the words of Jesus. In the all too familiar script of presidential elec ...

Uniting to Ban Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Those of us who categorically oppose U.S.-sponsored torture were gratified to hear the consensus between John McCain and Barack Obama in their recent debate at Ole Miss.</p> ...

Obama Hung in Effigy at Christian College
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This is hard to read. Hard to swallow. Hard to understand ... This is hard to read. Hard to swallow. Hard to understand ... especially when it happens at a Christian universit ...

Fair Questions for Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

After Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, reporters asked me whether the pick was desperate, brilliant, or risky. After Sarah Pa ...

Hispanic Heritage Month, Immigration, and the Presidency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<p align="left">This week is significant in the lives of the more than 40 million Hispanics in the United States in that it marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. ...

Just the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Most of you are too young to remember Joe Friday, the tough inner-city police sergeant on the old television series <em>Dragnet</em>, which I still see sometimes in syndication. ...

Ten Reasons Why This Election Should Be About Issues and Not Personalities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

The presidential tickets in this election on both sides of the aisle have lots of "personality;" some of the candidates have even been referred to as "rock stars." John McCain's campa ...

Torturing the Least of These
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Christians are people who follow a tortured and murdered God. This fact speaks clearly to what our values should be. One of those values should be a rejection of torture, violence in the name of " ...

Obama, Perkins, Palin, and a Plea for Christian Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Whew. Take a breath, Christians! Whew. Take a breath, Christians! I just read all the comments to my post Friday on Barack Obama's historic acceptance speech of a major p ...

An Historic Speech
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I started what would become an historic day with my favorite historian. As a young man, Vincent Harding was part of the inner circle of the southern freedom movement with Dr. ...

The Democratic Nomination's Historic Significance
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

I have been watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and I think when Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech tonight it is going to be an important historic moment. ...

Measuring Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In January of 1964, President Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty in America." In response, the Census Bureau created a methodology for establishing an "official poverty line," d ...

New Yorker Obama Cartoon Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

While Ben Franklin penned the <a href="http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/one.jpg">first American political cartoon</a> in 1776, Thomas Nast ushered in the gilded age of the modern ...

Advise Everyone... Endorse No One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As we pass the half-way point of our <a href="http://www.jesusforpresident.org/">Jesus for President tour</a>, we remember Jesus' admonition that we be "as wise as serpents and ...

Pro-Life Democrats Call for an Abortion Reduction Plank
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<p align="left">As a pro-life Democrat, and a member of the party's platform committee I will be pressing for the inclusion of an abortion reduction plank in this year's platform. ...

Jesus for President: Declaring Independence from Partisan Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Soccer moms, NASCAR dads, and now holy hipsters have been touted by political pundits and the mainstream media as the group du jour that political candidates must court in order to win the coveted pre ...

Faith-Based Initiatives Are Neither Democrat nor Republican
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the wake of <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/07/obamas-faithbased-plan-by-jim.html">Sen. In the wake of Sen. Obama's proposals on fai ...

A Call for Evangelical Rhetorical Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability <a href="http://ecfa.org/">(ECFA.org) </a>was launched in 1979, in response to growing concern "over an increase of [sic] questio ...

Video: Jim Wallis talks about Dobson and Obama on CBN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The <a class="f12BlueBoldAnchor" href="http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/397550.aspx">Christian Broadcasting Network talks to Jim Wallis</a> in a recent segment on James Dobson's ...

Video: Dobson, Obama, and Jim Wallis on the Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the evangelical agenda in the context of James Dobson's recent criticism of Barack Obama. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zyLrRr4FzQ">Watch it:</a>< ...

Two Firsts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The fact that an African American and a woman each ran so strongly in the long primary season of this election year speaks very well of the country. The fact that an African Ameri ...

Hope, in Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Here in Manhattan, the city streets hum with hope following the announcement of the first African American to be nominated for president by a major political party. Here in Manhat ...

A Transformational Moment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

When the historic legislative milestone of the Voting Rights Act finally passed in 1965, I was still a young teenager. Until then, black people in America didn't have the right to vote. ...

Poverty IS an Electoral Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Four years ago, Call to Renewal conducted a 12-day "Rolling to Overcome Poverty" bus tour to say that poverty was a religious and electoral issue. Four years ago, Call t ...

The Rev. Wright Effect; Rice on Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>We were never likely to get away with "transcending" race in this election as the early Obama campaign suggested to some. We were never likely to get away w ...

From Prophetic Anger to Apocalyptic Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The recent controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright has initiated a new conversation about race in America. The recent controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright has initiate ...

Engaging with "A More Perfect Union"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Like many (I hope most) people, I was deeply moved and impressed by Senator Obama's speech on race. Like many (I hope most) people, I was deeply moved and impres ...

How Wrong Was Rev. Wright?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking words of comfort, hope, and healing, Rev. On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking wo ...

Exorcising Racial Demons: Part I
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>If properly understood, <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/castingstones/2008/03/text-of-obamas-faith-and-race.html?bt=polmashup">Senator Barack Obama's remarks</A> yesterda ...

Healing the Wounds of Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>It has simmered throughout this campaign, and now race has exploded into the center of the media debate about the presidential race. It has simmered throughout this c ...

MLK and LBJ: Movements and Politicians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>An unfortunate exchange of words between the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week threatened to explode into real conflict, involving the always volatile U.S. issue of race. ...