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What Happens Next in the 20 States That Still Ban Gay Marriage?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court’s decision to sit out the legal battle over same-sex marriage will — for now, at least — leave the future of laws prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying in the hands of lower state and f ...

Supreme Court Affirms Monks’ Right to Sell Caskets
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

A group of Catholic monks can continue selling their handmade caskets after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Louisiana funeral directors. A group of Catholic ...

Surprising Stories of Climate Change Here in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

One of the obstacles to igniting a passion about climate change is that it feels so abstract; it feels like a future problem, a global problem. But it’s really a here and now problem. We took folks out on the ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that there are ecojustice issues here in the U.S. — but I was. I always thought of climate change as something that affected d ...

Shariah 101: What Is It and Why Do States Want to Ban It?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but nearly everyone agrees that “foreign laws” really means Shariah, or Islamic law. ...

Louisiana Faith Leaders Step Up to Protect Poor, Rebuke Gov. Jindal’s Draconian Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Louisiana faith leaders hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal this morning, denouncing his proposal to increase sales tax by 47 percent as “unjust” and “regressive.” Loui ...

Monks Win Latest Court Battle in Bid to Sell Caskets
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW ORLEANS -- In a sometimes harshly worded ruling, a federal appeals court last week smacked down the Louisiana funeral board's continued attempts to prevent a group of monks from St. Joseph Abbey from ...

New Orleans Synagogue Reopens 7 Years After Katrina
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina toppled a nearby floodwall and drowned their synagogue, and after a seven-year journey praying in hotel meeting rooms, then in rooms borrowed and rented from another congreg ...

First Amendment Protects Everybody’s Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Although Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher plan passed last month without her support, State Rep. Valarie Hodges vowed to keep looking for alternative ways to “support funding for teaching the fundamentals of Americ ...

Monks’ Caskets Suit Heads Back to Court
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

A group of Catholic monks who sued for the right to sell handmade caskets will head back to court this week, fending off an appeal from the state funeral industry after a federal judge last year struck down a ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

For Gulf Coast Residents, the Oil Spill Nightmare Continues
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major topic of news reports all over the world. For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major t ...

Missouri's Health-Care Dilemma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/08/04/tuesday.primaries/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn">by a 3-to-1 margin</a>, Missouri voters passed <a href="http://ballo ...

How Much Are We Willing to Sacrifice to Have Cheap Gasoline?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Woody Guthrie said it a long time ago: "This land is your land, this lan ...

The Importance of Being Engineers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I often say that one of my favorite parts of being a pastor for 24 years was pronouncing the benediction each week at the end of gathered worship. I often say that one of my favor ...

Why Bad Boundaries Don't Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Some authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are upset that they didn't get a permit to build rock dykes between barrier islands to keep the BP oil spill out of fragile estuaries. ...

Calling the Church to Pray for the Gulf
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> "If we believe in God, then we have hope," said Maurice, a resident of Grand Bayou, Louisiana. Having just traveled 80 miles walking, ...

Voices from the Gulf: Besieged by Depression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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Voices from the Gulf: 'I am Hurt, Angry, but Hopeful'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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Voices from the Gulf: Deep Sorrow in New Orleans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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Untold Story: BP-sized Oil Spills Happen All the Time in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp/">The BP Oil Spill</a> is the worst oil spill in U.S. history, much worse than Exxon Valdez. The BP Oil Spill is the ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

A Gulf Coast Tribal Community in Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Houma Tribe, located in southern Louisiana, has had more than their fair share of trials and obstacles over the last 100 years. The oil spill may be the final straw.</p> ...

The Gulf Spill and Big Oil's Legacy of Corporate Unaccountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

So the latest Nick &amp; Josh Podcast is up and it's a <a href="http://thenickandjoshpodcast.com/2010/05/09/ep-151-oil-spill-roundtable-with-ben-lowe-tom-sine-and-julie-clawson/" target= ...

Judge Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia"><em>Loving v. Loving v. Virginia , the Supreme Court case which ended race-based restriction ...

Faith Leaders Urge Obama on Gulf Coast Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/New-Orleans-After-Katrina/9719058_xD68E#658306044_ysCST"></a>President Obama arrived in New Orleans last week for his first vis ...

Four Years after Katrina: Hope and Challenge on the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>This will be the first year congressional leaders and President Obama won't travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary ...

Competing Narratives: Lessons from the Jena 6, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Lessons from the Jena 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>What lessons do we take away from the Jena 6 story? Six young men won't be dragging a felony conviction into adult life. That's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/29/the-jena-6-ar ...

The Jena 6 are Free!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

Blagojevich, Illinois' Corruption, and the Reformers Who've Fought It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Somebody had to say it, and they came from Hyde Park.</p> Somebody had to say it, and they came from Hyde Park. It was open knowledge among people in and around Spring ...