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Do Violent Words Cause Violence? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">tragic Arizona shootings</a> have sparked debate over an important question: What's the connection between v ...

Taking the Constitution Seriously
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Among the new rules for this Congress adopted by the incoming Republican majority is that in th ...

Who Will Listen to the Voices of Veterans Calling for Peace?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police officers at the White House gates. I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police offi ...

Remembering Elizabeth Edwards, Advocate for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/08/remembering-elizabeth-edwards-advocate-for-health-reform/" target="_self"></a>[Editors' note: Today we remember Elizabeth ...

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 ...

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 ...

43.6 Million: Census Declares More Americans are in Poverty than Ever Before
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is the highest number America has ever seen: 43.6 million people are living in poverty in the United States, the wealthiest country in the world. It is the highest number Ameri ...

Glenn Beck: Does He Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the course of our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">various responses</a> and<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009& ...

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 < ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/06/friday-links-round-up-8/"></a>Anne Rice. Elena Kagan. Kanye West. Baseball. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may h ...

Abraham, Joseph, and Today's Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow the promise of a better future. Abraham and Sarah left all that was familiar and dear to them to follow ...

Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

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. ...

DC Catholic Charities: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Few people expect their workplace benefits to be a casualty of the culture wars, but in Washington, DC, the battle over same-sex marriage hit local employees of Catholic Charities square in the poc ...

Evangelical History and 'Nonperson' Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I recently stumbled across the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/young-evangelicals-Revolution-orthodoxy/dp/0060667257/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1274304265&amp;sr=8-2&amp ...

Civility and a Hermeneutic of Generosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We live in an increasingly partisan world. This is not news. But it's the news "business," in many ways, that has made it so.</p> We live in an increasingly ...

Further Reflections on the Biblical Ruth as an 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In March, I wrote a <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2010/03/ruth-was-illegal-immigrant-so-does-that.html">piece</a> praising the Biblical character Boaz for showing compassion ...

'What the Arizona?': Silence is not an Option in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>I know that there are many of you that are engagin ...

Don't Let the Banks Buy Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a frank admission a year ago, Senator Dick Durbin put it bluntly: "Frankly, the banks run this place." Perhaps they deserve to. After all, they pay enough for the privilege. ...

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= ...

Video: Jim Wallis Debates Arizona Immigration Law on CBN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>Jim Wallis is the author of <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=special.RV&amp;item=RV_order">Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Y ...

Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture. Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman f ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Goldman Sachs' Excremental Deals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

They were described using the first word on George Carlin's list of the seven words you cannot say on television. They were described using the first word on George Carlin� ...

Goldman Sachs Scandal: Immoral? Yes. Illegal? Should Be.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Listening the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/business/27sorkin.html?ref=business">chatter </a>defending <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/business/28goldman.h ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

Ignoble Indifference: Evangelicals, Race, and GLBT Issues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href="http://www.so ...

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:// ...

Native Americans vs. Nazi Sympathizers: The Bizarre Backstory on Changing an Offensive University Mascot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After almost a <a href="http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/157092/group/local%20news/">century</a> of debate and a four-year-long legal battle, the North Dakota Board of Hig ...

Wearing My Jesus Goggles to the Boston Tea Party
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Tea Party Express -- the traveling band of conservative speakers, entertainers, and organizers -- stops in Washington, D.C., today on its nationwide effort to "vote them out of office" i ...

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 Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

Sojourners Cover Story on Race and the Emerging Church Already Making Waves
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="https://www.cambeywest.com/subscribe/?p=sjn&amp;f=paid"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in ...

The Darkness of Easy Hate and the Light of Easter's Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598909340_QiDdc"></a>Hate is easy and the domain of the lazy. This insight came in the ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

Why We're Talking About Glenn Beck and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is on vacation this week, but before leaving he wrote an <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032603630.html">op-ed for <em>The Washin ...

Health Care: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

So my son came home from kindergarten on Friday all ravenous and hungry like he always is. No snacks in school so he is always a raving lunatic looking for a cookie after school. ...

A Pastor's Petition
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Cesar and Angelica first contemplated migrating to the U.S. from ...

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 ...

Healing the Nation's Soul with Mutual Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The health-care struggle culminating in Sunday's vote brought out the best and the worst of legislators' and citizens' behavior. The health-care struggle culminatin ...

A Significant Step Toward Health Reform in Spite of Poisonous Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694023328_ihUmp"></a>From the very beginning, more than a year ago, the faith community ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

A Flawed Step Forward on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693999782_w46kY"></a>We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen ...

Universal Health Care Can Reduce Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594202346?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594202346">&l ...

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 ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

It is still very much winter in Chicago. Sure, the calendar says March, but the piles of snow on the ground look more like mid-January. Everything is brown and crusty. It is still ...

Excitement and Depression in the Potential for Change in Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. I have been reluctant to write about health care recently. My 11-month-old son will be going in for major brain surg ...