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Obama's Attempt at a Bipartisan Health-Care Summit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694000869_TQx7a"></a>President Obama has scheduled a bipartisan meeting on health-care r ...

One More Gun Death Too Many -- and Three Things You Can Do About It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://jamiemoffett.com"></a>At about midnight we heard the shots ring out. My friend ran to the door and I heard him yell, "Shane, a kid has been shot, come down.& ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

Can I Get A Witness (for Immigration Reform)?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530323111_4Ljmo"></a>Some in Washington would have us believe that immigrat ...

A Two Step Program for Reforming Wall Street's Gambling Addicts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Notwithstanding President Obama's denunciation ...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

After one tumultuous year in office, President Barack Obama used his first <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-state-union-address">State of the Union address& ...

Howard Zinn's Last Advice to Me (and America): 'Independence from the Military-Corporation'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tuesday morning -- just two days ago -- I wrote to half a dozen leaders of progressive thought and action in America, each separately, the letter that follows. Tuesday ...

MLK and the Supreme Court: Why Campaign Finance Reform is a Civil Rights Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663712345_UfZ3C"></a>This week started off by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and is ending with a ...

Can Compassion for Haitians Extend to Other Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action -- through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred man ...

God's Economics: Pope Benedict -- and Jim Wallis -- Go Where Many U.S. Politicians Fear to Tread
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Rev. Jim Wal ...

Beyond Wealth Without Work
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This morning's Wall Street Journal headlin ...

Trail of Dreams: Undocumented Students March from Miami to DC
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While many college students slept off their New Year's festivities, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/us/02immig.html">Gaby Pacheco, Juan Rodriguez, Felipe Matos, and Carlos Roa&l ...

Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year ...

Cold Hands, Expectant Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There is an old saying that can be quite appropriate at this time of the year: Cold hands, warm heart. There is an old saying that can be quite appropriate at this time of the yea ...

A Broken Trust
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rachel Anderson Congress must rein in abusive lending. Greed is at the root of the financial cataclysm that we ...

Congressman Luis Gutierrez Introduces a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The room was hot and stifling and overcrowded, but the excitement was palpable as people gathered to witness the introduction of a new comprehensive immigration reform bill. I barely managed to squeez ...

My Hometown Makes the Front Page of The Washington Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>At a recent holiday party, I tried to describe my hometown of Warren, Ohio.</p&g ...

Cap-and-Trade's Bubble Trouble
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> There's a lot of debate, in Copenhagen and els ...

The Archbishop and the President's Common Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The best lack all conviction, while the worst<br /> Are full of passionate intensity.<br /> --William Butler Yeats, from "The Second Coming"</p> ...

Fired Up About Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore ...

Spending Less on Food, Spending More on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the health-care bill passes through Congress, one wonders about an issue that has been left out of discussions. No, not abortion. Food. As the health-care bill passes through ...

New Momentum for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530318112_8RY3u"></a>Last week, Janet Napolitano delivered <a href=" ...

What Happens When a Wheaton Grad Runs for Congress as a Democrat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, as a group of religiously-committed pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives found themselves at odds with the majority of their party over an abortion-related amendment in ...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When all you have is a hammer everything seems like a nail. No famous line more aptly applies to the president's current dilemma of seeking the best solution for Afghanistan. ...

How to Stop the Next Food Crisis (It's Easier than You Think)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here's what the news stories aren't telling you about the bill Senator Dodd brought out yesterday: it could spell life or death for <a title="http://stopgamblingonhunger.com/" href=" ...

Hedge Fund Managers Take On Wall Street and World Hunger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In spring of 2008, my boss, hedge fund manager Mike Masters, and I were studying the effects that investors were having on commodity prices. In spring of 2008, my boss, hedge fu ...

An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C. Last week, my wife Joy and I were front ...

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. We've all been watching carefully as the ...

The Health-Care Roller Coaster Rolls On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We continue the roller coaster ride that we hope will end with universal or near universal coverage for health care in the United States. We continue the roller coaster ride that ...

More Heat than Light: Randall Terry's 'Burn in Hell' Protest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at your desk, unclear how to respond. Sometimes the things you read are so outrageous that you simply sit at yo ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

Without Health-Care Reform, the Customer Is Always Wrong
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>From my up-close-and-personal perspective as a cancer survivor, I couldn't agree more with <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/19/evil-insurance-company-or-evil-health-care-system/&qu ...

I Was Wrong. The Insurance Company Was Evil.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was wrong. I was wrong. In my recent post, " Evil Insurance Company or Evil Health-Care System? " I argued that the villain in an obvious case of injustice -- a de ...

Paying Attention to Climate Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Unlike the health-care debate, which touches each and every person in our country on the basic prem ...

A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re ...

What Does Big Government Have to do with Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"I'm here to stand up for Jesus," said the anti-health reform protester to a CNN correspondent. "Government is getting too big."</p> "I'm ...

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 ...

The Financial Barriers to Legal Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24-2009sep24,0,1871688.story">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reported last week that the United States Citizenship an ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat ...

Our National Loss of Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

A Prophetic Call in the Midst of Political Corruption (Colombia's Churches Cry Out, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/22/colombias-churches-cry-out-for-accompaniment/">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [ continued from part 1 ] ...

What?! Racism Still in America?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Some people raise the issue of race (this time about the ways others are talking about or treating the first black U.S. president) and the media goes crazy. He ...

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 ...

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. ...

Labor Sunday: What Can We Do to Honor Workers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To work is to pray.</p> <p>It's a Latin phrase that the Order of St. Benedict adopted as its motto.</p> <p>St. Benedict, the founder of the order, recognized the sacred va ...

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 ...

Sam's Story: Another Human Tragedy in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week many of you heard the story of Sam.* Sam was a 21-year-old young man from a hard-working family. Over the course of several weeks in July he experienced extreme stomach pains. ...

Desire, Incorporated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Well, glory be Well, glory be My first reaction (to quote My first reaction (to quote George Will) was "Well". An article that compares pornography to McDonal ...

With the Health-Care Debate, Let's Begin with Honesty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Has he been pre-authorized? Because if the test hasn't been, it may not be covered and you may be caught with the bill as my husband and I learned." Her jagged words hit me like a political ad. ...