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Payday Lending: Time to Crack the Trap in Minnesota
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

The practices of most contemporary payday lenders are similar to those condemned in the sacred texts and teachings of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. As the Hebrew Bible declares, “If you lend money to my pe ...

The End of Bully Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

A tipping point has been reached, not only on the issue of marriage equality, but on the broader political force of bully Christianity, a pernicious brand of the faith that tells people who don't have con ...

Christians and Marriage After the Election
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

The Minnesota marriage amendment failed. Though my side won, the divisions created trouble me. As an Episcopalian working within a Catholic law school, I saw the pain of those on both sides. ...

Pope Benedict XVI Denounces Cultural Shift Toward Gay Marriage in U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday denounced the "powerful political and cultural currents" that are working to "alter the legal definition of marriage" in the United States. ...

Minnesota Church Finds the High Price of Supporting Gays
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 8:05pm | Type: Blog

A small Minnesota church is finding out the high cost of standing up for same-sex equality — as well as an unexpected lifeline from the very people it decided to support. A small ...

Santorum's Trifecta
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

It was an eventful night in the GOP primary race last night, with some surprises in the results. It was an eventful night in the GOP primary race last night, with some surprises i ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have put together ...

ICE Follies: 'Silent' Raids are Worse Than Useless
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

There are no whirring helicopters, law enforcement vehicles, or hundreds of federal agents swooping down on businesses as in days of old. There are no whirring helicopters, law ...

Why Do Christians Think It's Blasphemous to Doubt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Not too long ago, a family member told me in hushed sad tones that he was praying for me. I wasn't ill. I wasn't going through a tough time. No. Not too long ago, a fami ...

Good News to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Churches declared that a budget is a moral document. Years ago, the member communions of the National Council of Church ...

Rep. Keith Ellison Testifies Against Hateful Bigotry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/25/is-evangelical-christianity-having-a-great-gay-awakening/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Some of my dearest friends a ...

Korean-American Women and Ordination in the Church
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

In 2004, I was the 40th Korean-American clergywomen to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. denomination. Forty seems like such a small number when you consider that in 2011, Korean-American Clergywom ...

Native Americans vs. Nazi Sympathizers: The Bizarre Backstory on Changing an Offensive University Mascot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After almost a <a href="http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/157092/group/local%20news/">century</a> of debate and a four-year-long legal battle, the North Dakota Board of Hig ...

Audio: 'If You Don't Do Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, You Will Catch Hell'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's always hard to narrow down Pastor Efrem's sermons to a few key minutes, and this one was no exception. Preaching from Matthew 25, he puts some extended focus on the health-care debate. ...

A Double Victory for Liberian Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order granting a <a title="http://www.startribune.com/local/north/41595947.html?page=1&amp;c=y" href="http://www.startribune.com/local/nort ...

Liberian Deportation Threat One More Reason for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking for thousands of Liberian immigrants as the month of March draws to a close. The clock is ticking for thousands of Liberian immigrants as the month of March d ...