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The Many Contexts Of Immigrants-- And Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 06/13/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Press

June 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Matthew Bowman ...

House Considers a Prayer Plaque at WWII Monument; Interfaith Coalition Says 'No'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

An interfaith coalition has again asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a prayer plaque at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. An interfaith coalition has ag ...

Come Together On Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 8:53am | Type: Press

October 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Lee K. Nanfelt ...

Immigration Reform 2013: Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Allowed To Work And Bear Their Responsibility At Balance
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Press

October 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Michelle McErlain ...

Meet the Republicans Who Voted to Slash $40 Billion from the Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it? ...

Lessons from August Recess
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 8:09am | Type: Blog

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) embraced immigration reform and the need to provide a path to legalization for the millions of aspiring Americans who are already major contributors to our communities and our econ ...

The Moral Urgency of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Some say that we should wait again, wait longer to work on the immigration system, wait until later, do it slowly, over time, down the road, piece by piece, and not act now. But our message was this: the time ...

Evangelicals Flood Capitol Hill to Urge Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

Today, hundreds of evangelicals from across the country will gather on Capitol Hill to host the Pray4Reform Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action. While many groups are focused on ...

John Boehner Ducks Taking Personal Stand on Immigration Citizenship Debate
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said in an interview with CBS on Sunday that “immigration reform isn’t about him.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said in an interview with ...

Hunger Games, U.S.A
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The number of those who’ve benefitted from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased nearly seven percent from 8.7 in 2007 to 15.2 in its most recent study. ...

Farm Bill Passes House, Without Food Stamp Funding
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

For the first time in 50 years, the House of Representatives cut mention of food stamps from the Farm Bill, which passed the House yesterday. For the first time in 50 years, the ...

House Immigration Group at Impasse
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

The House’s bipartisan immigration group has reached a impasse over many facets of the immigration legislation including the employment verification program. The House’s bipartis ...

House Passes Bill Requiring FEMA to Deliver Storm Aid to Houses of Worship
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Following more than 200 houses of worship being denied FEMA aid following Superstorm Sandy, on Feb. 13, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 592 with a vote of 354-72, to clarify that houses of worship are ...

McCaskill: House 'Should Be Ashamed' on Violence Against Women Act
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 6:30pm | Type: Blog

The Violence Against Women Act — which usually is reauthorized without question whenever it comes up — is in danger of expiring if the House doesn’t act before the end of session. ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Three Buddhists, a Hindu, and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. ...

'I Expect Better of the Congress:' Rep. McGovern on SNAP Cuts
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

It is false to say that these cuts won’t affect benefits or that they are merely closing loopholes. They will result in less food for hungry, low-income Americans – period. Ed ...

U.S. House Chaplain Talks Conflict and His Unusual Congregation
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Patrick Conroy was sworn in May 25 as the chamber's 60th chaplain. In a recent interview, he talked about the challenges of his job and issued a challenge of his own to American citizens. His answers have ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

NPR: Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt rel ...

"Love Your Enemies" = "Don't Shoot Them, Either."
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

When Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” is it possible he also could’ve meant, “Don’t shoot them, either”? The House of Representatives just passed a law that would allow gun-ow ...

Not All Budget Cuts Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Less than one percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Our spending on development and foreign assistance is not -- by any stretch of the facts or imagination -- our national debt. ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

Would I Risk as Much as the Dreamers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The youngest person in a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Dream Act Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was an 8-year-old girl. The youngest person in a cro ...

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 ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: John Kerry. House Withdrawal Legislation. Poppy Fields.
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 ...

Financial Crash Amnesia in the House
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent, most ordinary folk in the U.S. As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent ...

Can We Stand to Lose 70,000 Children?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was younger, I played by the rules. Everything had to be fair. The quantity of animal crackers in my possession had to be equal, not greater or less than my brother's. ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies. It is time for those of us who have been advocating for compreh ...

Protecting the EPA's Authority to Help Overcome Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I discuss more fully in my book, <a href="http://creationcare.org/blog.php?blog=19" target="_blank"><em>Global Warming and the Risen LORD</em></a>, in the United ...

Rep. Keith Ellison Testifies Against Hateful Bigotry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/11/rep-keith-ellison-testifies-against-hateful-racism/" target="_self"></a>During my Lenten journey this year, I will be looking t ...

For Black Farmers, Fight For Civil Rights Continues
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/08/for-black-farmers-fight-for-civil-rights-continues/" target="_blank"></a>On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights marchers attempted ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

Another Advent of 'Waiting' for Undocumented Students
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Advent season, "waiting" has new meaning for hundreds of thousands of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/undocumented/" target="_blank">undocumented immigrant students&l ...

Not Happy with the Results? Hallelujah, Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I think the elections turned on misinformation, anger, and fear. I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I th ...

After the Spill, We Can't Forget the Gulf
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is hard to imagine that it's been six months since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/" target="_blank">BP oil spill</a> in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

Bill To Reject Bipartisanship Receives Broad Bipartisan Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives hailed the passage of landmark legislation on Tuesday that rejects bipartisanship once and for all.</p> Le ...

Health-Care Reform: Hallelujah and Hallelujah Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Saturday when the House of Representatives passed the health-care reform bill and on Tuesday when President Obama signed it into law, many of us who have been advocating for health-care reform s ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

Cap-and-Trade's Bubble Trouble
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

A Ray of Light in the Foreclosure Crisis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> In the midst of slow-moving recovery plans, the Fed ...

Fired Up About Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

What Happens When a Wheaton Grad Runs for Congress as a Democrat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Freedom from Fear in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There comes a moment when we can say a word or speak a concept so often that it loses meaning and simply becomes sound. The concept becomes exhausted, thin, one-dimensional. Ther ...

Washington Update: Abortion Funding Not in Health-Care Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<strong></strong>The health-care reform debate in Washington, D.C., has many components, but one that has drawn enormous attention from the pro-life community is a concern over whether health-care ...

Clean Energy and Security Act: If Everyone's Unhappy, It Must Be a Good Compromise
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip "As far as ...