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As politicians talk more about faith, voters seem to want less
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

April 27, 2012 Sojo in the News Lisa Desjardins ...

Listening for the Voice of Aslan
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: SojoMail

April 12, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “That immigrant culture tha ...

Mitt Romney on the Cusp of Making Major Mormon History
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON --  With Rick Santorum’s exit from the White House race, Mitt Romney stands on the cusp of history as the first Mormon to appear at the top of a major party ticket in a general presidential election. Romney, a Brigham Young University-educate ...

Food Pantry’s Prayers Violate Federal Rules
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

This month, prayer at the food pantry was found to be against federal policy, leaving the its founder with a Solomon-like choice: Stop the prayers or give up truckloads of free food provided through the federa ...

New Poll: Religion Still Affects Politics
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

The more church you attend, the more likely you are to vote Republican. That's one of the findings from Gallup’s comprehensive study on U.S. states and their religious commitments (or lack thereof). And the data they account seems consistent with o ...

Faith Leaders Denounce GOP Budget as Immoral
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2012 Sojo in the News Kristin Ford ...

Jewish groups sign on to ‘Faithful Budget’ plan, protest GOP budget proposal
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:29pm | Type: Press

March 22, 2012 Sojo in the News JTA.org ...

Dear Ann Coulter: Stop Making Sense
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

I’m telling you, these ultra-conservative spokespeople are gonna ruin my reputation if they keep putting stuff out there I agree with. I’m telling you, these ultra-conservative sp ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST: Mississippi, Alabama Primaries: Evangelicals, Evangelicals Everywhere Approximately eight in 10 voters in today’s Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries identify themselves as evangelical Christians, according to preli ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

CNN: The Psychological Toll Of War (OPINION) What motivated an American soldier to allegedly open fire and kill 16 innocent Afghan civilians in cold blood? No one knows at this point. The soldier, an Army staff sergeant, seems to have acted alone, ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Nuclear ‘Implementation Study’ President Obama and his advisers are in the middle of a once-in-a-decade study of the nuclear arsenal and nuclear war plans. For strategic and budgetary reasons, they need to further reduce th ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. Top Destination for Christian, Buddhist Immigrants, Study Says The U.S. is the top destination for the world's migrating Christians and Buddhists, as well as those with no particular religious affiliation, includ ...

Breaking News: Super Tuesday Entirely Predictable
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

Thousands cast their ballots in yesterday’s primary election and the results? Things pretty much stayed the same. Thousands cast their ballots in yesterday’s primary election and ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

THE ATLANTIC: 'We Wish Like Hell We Had Never Bought': Voices From The Housing Crisis If you guessed that young people are staying out of the housing market, you'd be very right. They're low on jobs, high on student debt, and f ...

Black Evangelicals, White Evangelicals, and Franklin Graham's Repentance
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 5:05pm | Type: SojoMail

March 1, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Hospitality is not at ...

Catholic Voter Guide Differs From Two Catholic Candidates
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

In unusually strong, populist tones, the guide's authors decry efforts to cut government programs for the poor and middle class while protecting tax rates for the "super-rich." They "denoun ...

Mormons, GOP Didn’t Always Get Along So Well
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

As Mitt Romney presses his bid for the Republican nomination for president, many Americans don't realize how his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the GOP -- and how its f ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 29, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

REUTERS: GDP Revised Up To 3 Percent In Fourth-Quarter The economy grew a bit faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter on slightly firmer consumer and business spending, which could help to allay fears of a sharp slowdown in growth in e ...

Call to "Tone Down Religious Rhetoric"
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

In an op-ed published in the Charlotte Observer, Mike Daisley calls for Christians to "tone down the religious rhetoric." Of course, the influence of religious belief on political discourse is nothing new. In the Bill of Rights, the very ...

Pews and Politics
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

If you’ve watched 6 minutes of news in the last few weeks, you know what this is all about: Christian leaders hurling attacks and using faith as a weapon to score political points. From presidential candidates ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 22, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Religion And Politics Don't Mix, Major Religious Groups Tell Presidential Candidates On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and the Interfaith Alliance released a "s ...

How (Not) to Judge a Christian
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

We can never forget that Jesus never demanded a “one size fits all” kind of faith. We must always allow room for disagreement and live with the tension of multiple opinions. Relig ...

The Santorum Question: Should Theology Affect the Way We Vote?
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

There are some religious beliefs, such as a particular stance on infant baptism, understanding of the Trinity, or belief in what occurs when Christians observe the Lord’s Supper that are significant theologica ...

TRANSCRIPT: Obama's 2006 Sojourners/Call to Renewal Address on Faith and Politics
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Following here below is the text of Barack Obama's keynote address at the Sojourners/Call to Renewal "Building a Covenant for a New America" conference in Washington, D.C., a ...

Conversation on Prayer with President Obama
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

As we shook hands and shared this brief conversation, I was reminded that despite President Obama being arguably “the most powerful man in the world” – beneath it all was simply another broken and fallen man w ...

The War on Religion is Bad for Religion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Continuing the talking point of a “war on religion” might be good for political fundraising, but it is bad religion. I’m not a fan of calling things wars that aren’t really wars. ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

CNN (BELIEF BLOG): Politics And Prayers Speaking at the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, the president said, "We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone ...

The Bible Unbound
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tim Kumfer Liberating Biblcal Study: Scholarship, Art, and Action in Honor of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, ed ...

Abandoning Women to Flames
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Alisa Harris In a country where parents lit their wounded daughters on fire, women lit themselves on fire to escape. I couldn’t shake the ...

GOP Primaries and Old Country Buffet
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: SojoMail

January 12, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The average Christi ...

An Invitation to The Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Press

January 7, 2012 Sojo in the News Cathleen Falsani ...

Wes Granberg-Michaelson Answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

One size doesn’t fit all when in come to evangelicals. It distorts reality. But that’s just too inconvenient for pundits intent on predicting how various blocks will vote. Lately, ...

Jimmy Carter on the Role of Faith in Egypt/Israel Peace Talks, His Own Life (in and out of the White House)
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In this wide-ranging interview, the Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of h ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 THE NEW REPUBLIC: Why Are American Politicians Always Switching Religions? If Newton Leroy Gingrich becomes the Republican candidate ...

A Very Perry Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing. There is no war on Christmas – one has never been declared, except by those proclaiming themselves its victims. There is no liberal attack on “our religious heritage” – whatever people like P ...

Vote for Me! The Politicization and Manipulation of Jesus, Christians, and Religion
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

While some folks holler and scream about Rick Perry’s ad, the blunt truth is that this has always been the consistent strategy of modern day politics. I confess that I don’t have ...

Worth a Listen: Huffington Post's Religion Editor on Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, our friend Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, senior religion editor for the Huffington Post, was a guest on NPR's "On Being" program with host Krista Tippett, to talk about how the So ...

New Poll: Majority of White Evangelicals Oppose Cutting Federal Programs that help the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

A new poll released this morning by Public Religion Research Institute shows that a majority of white evangelicals are opposed to cutting federal anti-poverty programs for the poor and nearly three-quarters of ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. THE WASHINGTON POST: Trumka: Organized Labor Will Continue Standing Wi ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday Nov. 10, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of top news related to Sojourners' commitments to social justice and the poor. A (usually) twice-daily round up of top news related to Sojo ...

From Jim Wallis to Billy Graham, on His 93rd Birthday: "Thank you!"
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:37am | Type: Blog

Billy Graham is 93 years old today. And all over the world, people are discussing his influence and impact and remembering their own encounters with the world's leading evangelist. ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

Ohio Elections and Issue Three
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2009, I wrote several posts for God's Politics in support of health care reform. In 2009, I wrote several posts for God's Politics in support of health care ...

Awkward: Obama's Press Secretary Corrects the Boss, Invents Bible Verse
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. He meant well. It sounded right. But it was ... wrong. Poor White House spokesman Jay Carney misquoted -- invented, ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land Discuss Evangelicals and 2012 Elections
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Tonight, Sojourners and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission are co-sponsoring an event to discuss religion and the 2012 elections. Rev. Wallis and Dr. Tonight, Sojourner ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | 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 ...

Seventy-two Days Does Not a Marriage Make
Originally Posted: 11/02/2011 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

It lasted 72 days. And now, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are calling it quits. The two were first spotted together one year before when Kim attended one of Kris' basketball games. ...

From a Shoebox to a Movement
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis For 40 years, Sojourners has been fighting the good fight. Where do we go from here? The metaphor ...