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New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ Tour to Tackle Political ‘Dark Money’
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hits the road Sept. 17 for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key U.S. Senate battleground state ...

After Edwina Rogers' Ouster, Secular Community Regroups
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

As the Secular Coalition for America prepares for its biggest event of the year this week in Washington, D.C., atheist groups are recovering from the sudden departure of the coalition’s highest officer. ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

A Strong Third Political Party for the Disaffected Middle?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

In a sense, we are being held hostage by our own democratic process, one that has assumed that having relatively opposing views on either side was sufficient to keep the wheels of government turning. But this ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

Partisan Fighting Spells Trouble for Church Insurance Under Obamacare
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans’ insistence on repealing the law. ...

Do Republicans Have an Evangelical Problem?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The vast majority of evangelicals have voted with the GOP in recent elections. In fact, despite some qualms about his Mormon faith, 79 percent of evangelicals voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, ...

Our Pastoral Letter on the Budget — And My Hope for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the idea of the common good is failing in American politics. The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the ...

GOP should rally around immigration reform, Utah A.G. says
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2012 Sojo in the News Matt Canham ...

Grover’s Gofers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Here’s the irony: Republicans claim to hate deficits, but the facts are clear. If extended indefinitely, the Bush-era tax cuts will account for nearly half of America’s budget deficit by the year 2019. ...

Once Again, Pro-Life Democrats Fail to Persuade
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Press

September 7, 2012 Sojo in the News Michael New ...

God Is Still Not A Republican, Or A Democrat
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Our efforts appeared to inject some common sense into our nation’s political discourse, but given recent electoral statements and newspaper ads from some conservative Christian leaders, it appears the message ...

Survey: Young evangelicals at odds with their political parties
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Press

October 16, 2012 Sojo in the News Lauren Markoe ...

Campaigns’ Faith Outreach Centers on Economy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

With voters focused intently on pocketbook issues, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are framing their faith-outreach efforts around the economy as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks. ...

Is Democratic Optimism Grounded in Reality?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

President Obama rode a tide of optimism into the White House four years ago, only to watch his support erode after the reality didn’t live up to the speeches in many cases. But we wanted to hear it, and it wo ...

Watch the Vote: What's at Stake?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In today's hyper-politicized climate, all of the hoo-hah about voter suppression can sound like a bunch of partisan pandering on both sides. [ Editor's Note: This is ...

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

It’s time to STOP using faith, Jesus, and the Bible as a political platform. Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church. It’s time to STOP: ...

Removing 'God' and Letting God In
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

On the heels of the Republican National Convention, where the shadow of the Religious Right still ominously looms, it was notable that the Democratic National Convention opened with a debate over the absence o ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In times like these, when politicians are sweating to sway voters to their side, or frame their opponents as the polar opposite—the enemy—it is tempting to begin to define ourselves and each other through the ...

Democrats Gather in the Heart of Billy Graham Country
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

The host city for the Democratic National Convention is not a particularly political place. Charlotte, N.C., is known for three things: banking, NASCAR, and religion. And when it comes to religion, Billy Graha ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: SojoMail

June 7, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We are looking at a gro ...

Liberals Must Talk About God and Country with Heart
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Conservatives often resort to name-calling in the absence of debate, but liberals ignore whole categories of discussion. Like patriotism and religion. Well, it's time we got over that. ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders do believe that massive deficits are moral issues, and that we must not saddle future generations with crippling debt. But we believe that how we resolve deficits also is a moral issue. And o ...

The Democrat-Evangelical Disconnect
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In yesterday's New York Times, professor and author T.M. Luhrmann examined how Democrats can speak to evangelicals more effectively. In yesterday's  New York Times ...

Poll Digest – What We Are Being Told About What We Think (This Week, at Least)
Originally Posted: 02/15/2012 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Two new polls have been released this week that have caught the eye – one from The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the second from Rasmussen. Both show shifts in the number of people supporting GOP P ...

Former Obama Official Dumbfounded by Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Press

February 8, 2012 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 THE HILL : Democrats See Opening To Attract Religious Voters In 2012 Election Democrats claim to have an unprecedented, promising o ...

The Morning SoJo: Of Supercommittees and Such
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Rather than the opinions of individual pundits, here’s a roundup of what the editors of some of the nation’s largest newspapers had to say this week about the failure of the “Supercommittee.” Some blame Republ ...

This is our Watch: Circle Up!
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Do we want to be the kind of America that protects $44 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies while cutting $47 billion in energy grants to help poor families heat their homes in the winter? ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election, Say Evangelicals (includes comments from Jim Wallis) Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The Ge ...

News: Morning Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

DAILY KOS: Social Justice Index: USA Number 27 Of 31 OECD Members Social justice index: USA No. 27 of 31. Democrats in Congress attempt to eat on $4.50 a day to protest potential ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound NPR/AP: Economy Grew 2.5 Pct. In Q3 As Consumers Rebound WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew modestly over th ...

Left, Right and Christ on Social Issues: #OccupyWallStreet
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: HuffPost Religion is running a series of posts by Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Editor's Note: HuffP ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Requiem for Republicans
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend, former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois passed away. Along with former Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who died a month ago, they represented the last vestiges of an era of moderate Republicans ...

Immigration Reform for Texas: Seeking a Winning Cocktail
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major city in the South to integrate nonviolently. One little known fact about Houston is that it was the only major ...

Obama on Jobs Act: 'They don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months.'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

First, here's the transcript portion of the last five minutes of President Obama's speech where he really got his preach on: First, here's the t ...

Libya's Revolution: A Model for the Region?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Recent analyses of the Arab Spring have questioned the efficacy of nonviolent resistance compared to armed struggle in ousting authoritarian regimes. Recent analyses of the Arab ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Democrats Unite. Taliban. The Cost of War.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Afghanistan: No More Excuses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over. ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

One Year Later, Big Oil Still Isn't Sorry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, life has not returned to normal in the Gulf. One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil ...