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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 ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen. I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of ...

Eric Holder, Ted Stevens, and Prosecutorial Misconduct that Doesn't Make Headlines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

No one is saying that Ted Stevens didn't lie about unreported contributions. But the government has to play by the rules even when the defendant is guilty. No one is saying ...

Making a Difference in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In an <a title="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958504474112427.html" href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958504474112427.html">op-ed piece</a> in Monday's <em&g ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Support Wearing Thin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In a stunning turnabout, some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's firmest allies distanced themselves from his hard-line tactics when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone accepting $1.6 m ...

A Higher Authority for Sudan's President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6018508.ece" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article601 ...

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

She is a girl whose father sold her to strangers. They took her far from home, and now she is a prostitute. He works for no money paying off the debt of a long dead ancestor. She ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

From Joan of Arc to Sir Thomas More, courageous martyrs continue to inspire us. Their powerful witness is memorialized in homilies, books, and even movies. From Joan of Arc to Sir ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

When Calls to 'Unity' Sow Division in the Civil Union Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month, legislators in Hawaii introduced <a href="http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/HB444_HD1_.htm">House Bill 444</a> (HB 444), which would provide rights and privilege ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

Sin Nombre: Immigrants as Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama recently addressed the crying need for comprehensive immigration reform. He reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants. President Obama recently addressed the ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

Three Priorities for Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make. In the ninth year of the 21st century, and on my own 46th birthday, I may be the last activist left in America that has never penned a blog. I have a ...

Stop the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

For the past several weeks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago has been conducting a national tour promoting immigration reform, primarily speaking at Latino evangelical churches around the country. ...

Hard Facts of Immigrant Detention Centers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/15/AR2009031501115.html" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/15/AR2009031501115.html& ...

'Once Again' in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Here we are again, and again, and again. It is not a new message or a new concern. People have been suffering, starving, raped, beaten and killed year in and year out. Here we ar ...

Colombian Pastor Still Missing, Family Threatened
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes Thanks for the update, ...

The Real History of 'Saint Patrick': The Saint He Wasn't, the Man He Was
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It would be a very ...

Darfur's Cries Grow Louder
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I was on a conference call for an hour and a half last week. It was intense. I haven't fully calmed down from it. I paced back and forth in the living room for a good portion of it.</p> ...

Through Lenten Darkness, Rays of God's Grace in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The sad news from Zimbabwe continues The sad news from Zimbabwe continues (activist, Africa, Churches, farm invasions, global issues, God's Politics, Grace, Hope, Hum ...

A Fairness Issue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?"<br /> "Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?" ...

Action Alert Victory: Department of Justice to Investigate Arizona Sheriff's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Action alerts make a difference. Our <a href="../2009/02/18/stop-sheriff-joe-arpaios-racial-profiling/">call for the Department of Justice to investigate Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio< ...

New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Blog and Preach to Honor International Women's Day This Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Each year on March 8 the world takes time to observe <a href="http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp" target="_blank">International Women's Day</a>. ...

Zimbabwe's Bi-Polarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The power struggle continues in Zimbabwean politics between progressive forces and the 'old guard.' The progressive forces want to get on with rebuilding the entire infrastructure of the country, e ...

The Sad State of Dialogue on Civil Unions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am an evangelical Christian who attends church regularly, so I was surprised to see a worship service on the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol this past Sunday. I am an evange ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the end of January in Mangalore, India, a group of right-wing extremists, the Sri Rama Sena, entered a bar and assaulted the women there. At the end of January in Mangalore, In ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

'They Told Me to Forget My Name. I Was Now Number 21'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today is the sixth day of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/11/alhamdulillah-all-praise-to-god-philip-is-free/">freedom after my four-day imprisonment</a>. ...

A New Conversation in the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I became haunted by the notion that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are going to blow up the world unless we learn to get along. A year ago I became haunted by the notion ...

Philip Rizk Describes Ordeal to NY Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We continue to give thanks to God for the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/11/alhamdulillah-all-praise-to-god-philip-is-free/">release of God's Politics contributor Philip Rizk</a& ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

The Leap from Paper to Reality in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. The opposition agreed to be part of a transitional unit ...

Alhamdulillah! (All Praise to God!) Philip is Free!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

No more details as of yet, just this update on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62997328834">Facebook page</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Wednesday February 1 ...

Philip Rizk Disappearance Gets Major Coverage, But He Remains Missing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/philip-rizk/"></a>We at Sojourners continue to be deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Philip Rizk, who was arrested and detained b ...

Movement for Release of Philip Rizk Grows
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

My dear friend Philip Rizk was kidnapped on Friday night by Egyptian secret police. My dear friend Philip Rizk was kidnapped on Friday night by Egyptian secret police. The events ...

Free Philip Rizk! God's Politics Blogger Arrested by Egyptian Secret Police
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62997328834"></a>Friday evening I was in Washington D.C. and received an urgent message from Egypt. The major player in helping us ...