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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

Snapshots from Tucson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;">I welcomed in the New Year in Tucson, Arizona with the kind folks of the <a href="http://restorationproject340.wordpress.com" target="_blank ...

An Attack on the Soul of the Nation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/110110-GabrielleGiffords1.jpg"></a>The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the young Congresswoman from Arizona, must speak to the soul of this n ...

Praying and Fasting in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. The holiday season is a season of feasting and of celebration. Biblical wisdom teaches that there is a ...

How the Grinches Stole 9/11 Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I penned <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRed-Blue-God-Black-Church%2Fdp%2F0787983136%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1203628539%26 ...

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

Four Reasons Not to Mess with Payroll Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Now that President Obama's people have sent out glowing press releases about how wonderful the proposed tax agreement is (<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/10/a-win-women-mothers-and ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

Clergy and Students Pray Together for the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Interfaith leaders and graduating high school students from across the United States joined hands to pray in the Hart Senate Office Building yesterday at the end of a <a href="http://www.christianp ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

Millions More for Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I have to admit that the estate tax is one of my favorite things to rant about. I have to admit that the estate tax is one of my favorite things to rant about. The purpose of the ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The House acted last night with boldness and leadership to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a>. Th ...

Stop the Games in Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In just the past few days, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-224.shtml" target="_blank">U.S. In just the past few days, the U.S. ...

Another Advent of 'Waiting' for Undocumented Students
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Advent season, "waiting" has new meaning for hundreds of thousands of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/undocumented/" target="_blank">undocumented immigrant students&l ...

Pray for Bernard, Pray for the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday November 16, hundreds of Christ-followers around the nation prayed and fasted in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-reform/" target="_blank">solidarity with immi ...

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner_farmworkers1.JPG"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, Sojourners w ...

Entitlement Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

You might think that those who spent their campaigns telling their constituents that they would work to appeal "Obamacare" -- just another government entitlement -- would either think that <a hre ...

Tell Congress: We Support More Resources for Sex Trafficking Survivors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, November 17, the <a href="http://www.change.org/national_coalition_to_end_domestic_minor_sex_trafficking" target="_blank">National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Tr ...

Chicago Evangelicals Harassed While Praying for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101115-immigration-prayer.jpg"></a>It was five days before the mid-term elections. The race to fill President Obama's senate seat was ne ...

It Takes a Movement: How Access to Power can be Dangerous
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

It Takes a Movement: Why a 'Movement' is Necessary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Honor Roll: The Institute for Civility in Government
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's Truth and and Civility ...

Mythbusters: The Truth About Immigrants and Assimilation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

After the Spill, We Can't Forget the Gulf
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is hard to imagine that it's been six months since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/" target="_blank">BP oil spill</a> in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Mountaintop Removal Kills People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washing ...

The Global Church Must Hold Politicians Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the great things about <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa is ...

Mythbusters: Beyond the Shadow of Race-Baiting and Partial Truths
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

Whole Mission, Whole Church, Whole World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> is under way. The Third ...

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

It is very difficult to observe the current political landscape and not conclude that the process has seriously broken down. It is very difficult to observe the current political ...

7 Steps to Civility this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Last week, I asked you all to tell FOX ...

Former Legislators Sound a Warning, Call for Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43063.html" target="_bl ...

Where is God on the Border?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt in my mind that the border has religion. There is no doubt in my mind that the border has religion. The Arizona border region as well as the surrounding border s ...

What Do Glenn Beck and Alan Grayson Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a logic lesson for you: Both Beck and Grayson use the argument "If A is a B, and A is also a C, then all Bs are Cs." And they shouldn't use this kind of argument. ...

What's Next for the Gulf?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This past Tuesday, five months and 5 million barrels of oil after the BP spill disaster began to devastate the eco- and economic systems of the Gulf Coast, the Obama administration launched the nex ...

Stephen Colbert for the Least of These
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. We ...

DREAM Act 101: What You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the last few weeks, the DREAM Act has become a source of hope for many and a source of debate and speculation for others. In the last few weeks, the DREAM Act has become a sour ...

Remember the DREAMers, Remember Their Dreams
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's note</em></strong><em>: The Senate will be voting on the <a href="https://secu ...

Which Corporations are Buying Your Candidates?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

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 ...

The Immigration Fight Isn't Over
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, U.S. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton preliminarily struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law and ruled that states cannot pr ...

How Much Are We Willing to Sacrifice to Have Cheap Gasoline?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Woody Guthrie said it a long time ago: "This land is your land, this lan ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Glenn Beck Co-opting the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I am grieved and angry that Glenn Beck is going to be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28 (the anniversary of the historic civil rights March on Washington on August 28, 1963) -- and ...

Help for the Unemployed, Now 60 Percent Off!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

The Oil Has Stopped, But How Can I Keep From Praying?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is with cautious optimism that I write these words: Apparently, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf (at least from the spot where we had been watching <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spi ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

Follow the Money
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

That could be the conclusion of an op-ed piece in the <em>New York Times,</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/opinion/15loewenstein.html?th&amp;emc=th">"Economi ...