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Democracy is the Real Victim in Honduras' Coup
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV/1/#580088483_H6nJA-A-LB"></a>On the morning of June 28, Honduran President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya was awoke ...

Protests and International Pressure Against Honduras Coup Continue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV/1/580083956_tL8nB"></a>As the situation regarding the military ouster of Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya co ...

School of the Americas Graduate Led Honduras Coup
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sunday morning, a military coup took place in Honduras led by commander Gen. Romeo Vasquez, ousting democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. Sunday morning, a military coup ...

The Jena 6 are Free!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://friendsofjustice.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/p6264470-11.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225"></a>The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2007/09/20/jena-is-america-by-lydi ...

Ethnic Cleansing of Burma's Karen Refugees Continues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On May 24th, 2009, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) junta-backed troops attacked numerous villages in Paan District, Burma, causing the flight of at least 3,000 internally displaced persons (I ...

Lazarus and the Iranians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I spent this week at a clergy conference in Liverpool, England, where the theme was the Justice of God: "Just by God, Just with God, Just for God." One of my presentations focused on Jesus' sto ...

Iran: Twitter, Truth, and Revolution
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have been doing my best to keep up with the ongoing events in Iran. I don't know enough to truly understand the nuances of the election or the political science behind it all, but like many oth ...

Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/16/iran-elections-hope-excitement-concern/">The protests rocking Iran</a> are of great significance for the politics and society of a Middle East reg ...

Iran: Two Kinds of Islam, Two Kinds of Religion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There is the Islam of the dictators and their religious allies, used to keep people in their place, used to justify their own power, used to shame and threaten those who question their authority. And ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Reclaiming the Church's Mission and Message on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the role of the church will be significant. As things begin to heat up on the immigration debate in Congress, the ...

Two Myths About North Korea, Iran, and Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Anyone watching the news over the past couple of months will have noticed a flurry of action from two of the nations in former President Bush's infamous "Axis of Evil." North Korea tested a long ...

Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.</p> Elections -- indeed the democratic process i ...

The Mosque in Morgantown: Finding Our Religion within American Pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan bakery across from the Sojourners office. In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan b ...

Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, <em>I Bring What I Love,</em> about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social jus ...

Listening to the Women of Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Few biblical figures stand out for their bravery as Esther does. Faced with a looming order for the systematic extermination of her people, she risked her life and broke the silence. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Peru: People and Rainforests in Peril
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dozens Dozens Dear SOJOURNERS,We call upon Christians around the world to express their solidarity in light of the recent acts of deplorable violence in the Peruvian A ...

Combatants for Peace: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is <a href="http://www.combatantsforpeace.org/">Combatants for Peace</a>, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli ...

Remembering Stories: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When President Obama was giving his speech in Cairo, I was just across the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and caught a glimpse on a corner store TV, the translation making it hard to hear his words. ...

Abu Ghraib: Don't Be Afraid of the Truth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. Army's report on the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. He was then forced into retirement.</p> Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

All the News That Sells
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. As I sit at my desk thinking up innovative ideas for the coming decade—MacArthur Mediocrity Grants, AIG offices relocating t ...

Stop Starbucks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Robert Greenwald, founder and president of <a title="http://bravenewfilms.org/" href="http://bravenewfilms.org/" target="_blank">Brave New Films</a> -- an organi ...

What if the Bible's Ruth Came to America Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Learning from Shavuot and Pentecost: Can we share our harvest? Can we share our talk and tongues? Can we relearn how to share our work and rest?</p> Learning from Shavuot an ...

The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/acabar-blog-photo.jpg"></a>One morning earlier this year, Edelina "Eden" Jolloso-Jerus, working at her family store in San Juan-Ror ...

Native American Theology(ies)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"It's a problem of being heard," says Randy Woodley, a Native American theologian. "I feel like 500 years ago, maybe God did bring the white man over. "It ...

Using My Liberty for Aung San Suu Kyi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/protest1.jpg"></a>I spent my Monday lunch hour, and maybe longer due to D.C. traffic, standing with some 30 protesters across the street from ...

Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice. In this hour, amon ...

Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness. ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught, part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka (Asia, attack, civilians, conflict, death, Fami ...

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I know of two priests who have decided to stay with their people in the so-called No-Fire Zone in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians are trapped in a living hell. ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

God or Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a title="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernment/2009/05/torture_poll_its_about_politics_not_religion.html" href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernmen ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

White Evangelicals for Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Too many white evangelicals stand for torture, according to a recent Pew Forum study reported by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/30/religion.torture/index.html" target="_blank"> ...

M2EP Video: Voices from Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Day two of the Mobilization to End Poverty included a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby senators and representatives on issues related to poverty and social justice. Day two of the Mo ...

The First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Wednesday marked the 100th day of President Obama's administration and the final day of Sojourners' <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home&amp;so ...

M2EP LIVE: Meeting Sojo Supporters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I had lunch with several long-time readers and supporters of Sojourners, people who in their own lives have been living out the gospel for decades. I had lunch with several long-t ...

Culture War Casualties: Responding to Carrie Prejean and Bullying Suicides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. p ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law: The Case for Cocaine Sentencing Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but an accurate weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)</p> A false balance is an abomination to t ...

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A. Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that wo ...

One More Reason to Oppose Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/world/20detain.html?th&amp;emc=th">Abu Zubaydah was submitted to waterboarding at least 83 times</a>. Abu Zu ...

Torture: A Crime that Requires a Verdict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Dear President Obama,</p> Dear President Obama, Thank you for making the four memos approving of and describing the torture done to children of God in our name public ev ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I've written <a href="http://www.brianmclaren.net/cgi-bin/mt3/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=2&amp;search=gaza"&g ...