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A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

We now all have the chance to examine the evidence — released last night — in the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the ...

Houston Subpoenas Pastors’ Sermons in Gay Rights Ordinance Case
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the LGBT community. ...

Atheist Coalition Wants You to Know They Are ‘Openly Secular’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A new coalition of atheists, humanists and other nonreligious groups is taking a page from the gay rights movement and encouraging people to admit they are “openly secular.” A new ...

Housing, Homogeny, and Hostility
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

If we affirm the shared value and distribution of basic human rights among all citizens, then every member of humankind – regardless of skin color – is supposed to share a common dignity. The result is a conne ...

Dispatch From Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

We made it back safely to our vehicle and safely out of Ferguson. But democracy didn’t. She took a heavy beating last night. The question is will she recover? Editor's N ...

Why I Choose to Block Detroit's Water Shutoff Trucks
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Water was created by none of us—just like air and earth and fire. It was not made to be enslaved in a market price or bottled into a "good," yielding ownership and power. Water is a commons, a precio ...

Kenya's Catholic Bishops Sued After Canceling Lease for Muslim-run Restaurant
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of a rental contract for a restaurant operated by a Somali Muslim. The Kenya Conference of Catho ...

Seeking Greater Equality, Indian Women Turn to Unexpected Source: Shariah Courts
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Khatoon Shaikh had no formal education, never worked outside the home, and lived in the kind of neighborhood that many people might call a slum. Khatoon Shaikh had no formal educa ...

Are You One of Us?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 5:45am | Type: Blog

We’ve grown up a lot. We’ve taken many steps in recognizing that everyone is an equally beloved child of God and must be treated that way. Yet, there are reminders all around us that we’ve got a long way to go ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 5:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

Immigration and Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 5:21am | Type: Blog

I looked these immigrant workers in the eyes and said through tears: “God sees you. You are not alone. Across the nation people from the north and south — people who are black, white, Latino, Asian American, a ...

A Parched Patch of Prejudice
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedom requires free rein for legalized discrimination. Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedo ...

Religious Liberty vs. Civil Rights: A Balancing Act
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may have ended the latest controversy in her state by vetoing a “religious freedom” bill that threatened gay men and lesbians, but the nation’s legislatures and courts are just getting ...

Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Was Religious But Not Christian
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Christianity, and any religion that emphasizes the unity of humanity over our differences, is therefore not a religion like other religions. Christianity is therefore more radical than most of its adherents re ...

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

“Never in my life has my very faith been called into question like this.” That’s what young evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt told me this week. His statement followed a media firestorm, ignited when both he ...

You Brought Me a Beer — and Took My Picture
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Is it any wonder why so many people throw up their hands and run away from what sometimes gets passed off as religion? Isn't it interesting that those who describe themselves as non-religious often grasp ...

Pope Francis Charges Cardinals to Oppose 'Any Discrimination'
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis created his first batch of new cardinals on Saturday and used the ceremony to launch a new appeal for peace amid the violence racking so many countries. Pope Francis ...

Loving Our Neighbors on a Global Scale
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We are all neighbors now, whether we like it or not. “GOD CREATED the world and we created borders ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

Coloring in Oppression
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemary Radford Ruether Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and its Relevance Today. Strategic Book Publishing. ...

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Burning Qurans
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Mike Ghouse is bringing his 10th annual “Unity Day USA” to the same Florida town where the pastor has threatened to burn the Qurans. Three years ago, a nobody from nowhere got fa ...

50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

If there was ever a time in the decades since 1963 that the ones Jesus would deem “the least” needed the whole church body to stand in solidarity, it is now. There were several ma ...

Moving Backward on Racial Progress
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

Once again, as happened in the 19th century, impoverished whites who should be lining up to resist predatory behavior by the moneyed class are being turned against their own best interests by race politics. ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

A History of Discrimination Earns President Obama a Right to Speak
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Many other American groups also have their prisms of understanding aligned in part by histories of discrimination, some more current than others. And outsiders can’t really know fully what they feel, either. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

The words above the Supreme Court read, “Equal Justice Under the Law.” This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words. The words above the ...

What SCOTUS Could Learn From Paula Deen
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

We can move on from the outcry over an older, white Southerner using epithets she claims to have grown up with. Deen does not make decisions for our country or for our voters. The Supreme Court does, and unfor ...

To Tell the Truth: The Courage to Speak Out Against Respected Men
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

I long for each of us to wrestle with the truth that we are never to blame — no matter how we dress, what we look like, or how much we’ve had to drink. We never, ever deserve to have our bodies treated as obje ...

Anti-Shariah Movement Changes Tactics, Gains Success
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

The new bills are more vague and mention only foreign laws, with no references to Shariah or Islam. They also make specific exceptions for international trade. All of that makes them harder to challenge as a v ...

Richard Twiss, Speaking Plain Truth, and Promoting Diversity at Christian Conferences
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

If I was able to ask Richard today how best to honor him, I know that — after talking about his concern for his wife, kids, and grandkids — he would expect me to use my voice to speak truth. ...

Stars Align on South Africa Human Rights Day
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

There is visceral identification by South Africans with the suffering of the Palestinians. Having achieved our freedom we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficu ...

New Film Explores Export of American Culture Wars to Eastern Africa
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

What a study found in Uganda was that “religion was being used to demonize and even to kill.” When Ugandan parliament member, David Bahati, introduced the so-called “Kill the Gays ...

Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled at Capitol, Celebrated by AME Church
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. ...

Voting Rights Act Challenge: The Fight Continues
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

Indeed, as Frederick Douglass wrote, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” I was on the airplane, looking forward to reading Taylor Branch’s n ...

Voting Rights Act is an Important Moral Statement
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from Shelby County, Ala., that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional and should be struck down. These arguments are misguided. Th ...

Standing Up to Goliath
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The Walmart workforce has begun to publicly rattle its chains. THE MEDIA UNIVERSE has bee ...

Bullying: This Is My Story
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

This spirit day I stand in solidarity with all the 6-year-old, 12-year-old, 20-year-old, 40-year-old, and 80-year-old gay and straight women and men who face down bulldogs every day. May our feet remain plante ...

White Man: 'We Built This Country.' Really?
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

In the Christian context, it points, I think to the miles we have yet to journey toward “Thy Kingdom Come.” The Wild Goose Festival was awesome as expected this weekend in ...

She Said — Egalitarianism: Men, Submit to Your Wives
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 9:17pm | Type: Blog

Obviously there are differences — biological, hormonal, stereotypical — between men and women. I don't dispute that. For me, the danger is in going one step further to assume how those differences do or s ...

For Sikhs, Turban is a Proud Symbol — and a Target
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

American Sikhs say they do know this: Their community has been targeted by a growing number of hate crimes since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The New York-based Sikh Coalition reports more than 700 such inciden ...

Voting Rights, Voting Wrongs
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Faye M. Anderson State voter-suppression measures go beyond ID laws. TODAY, THE RIGHT to vote is under assaul ...

Women and the Olympic Gaze
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Even as I have watched (and enjoyed) the London Games with conflicted emotions, I find myself more and more uncomfortable with the ways the presentation of the Olympics serves to reinforce harmful assumptions ...

Immigrant Discrimination Through a Child's Eyes
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

The story of Harriet Tubman is still being lived out today in the lives of Latino families in my school and across the country. We made a circle for our guided reading time. I sat ...

Sikhs Launch Mobile App to Report Profiling
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

Sikh civil rights activists will unveil a mobile phone application next week (April 30) that they say will allow travelers who believe they have been profiled by airport screeners to file complaints directly f ...

Court Says Non-Jewish Man Can Sue for Anti-Semitic Remarks
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a man who alleges he endured anti-Semitic slurs can sue his former supervisors — even though he is not Jewish. A New Jersey appeals cour ...

A Dream Still Deferred
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Brian Bolton Untitled Normal Page "State of the Dream 2004: Enduring Dispariti ...

Faith-Based Discrimination?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Religious organizations and fair hiring. Can religious organizations choose to hire only people ...

Undoing Racism in Flint
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Williamson Michigan city turns dialogue into action. Five hundred community leaders in Flint, Michiga ...

Losing Our Religion?
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Rice My former college, one of the nation’s top-ranked schools, is considering banishing a highly respected national Christian grou ...