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History is on the Side of the Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"What part of illegal don't you understand?"</p> "What part of illegal don't you understand?" This question -- usually launched by immigrat ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

At the same time <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/">oil is spewing from the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico</a>, some politicians are already calling for more drilling, ac ...

Calling the Church to Pray for the Gulf
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | 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, ...

On Arizona, Artists Speak Up, Refuse to Play
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need. As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow cr ...

It Will Take a Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, in President Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. This week, in President Barack O ...

What's in a Name? Living in a "Rule of Law" City
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, the mayor of Costa Mesa -- where I live -- proposed and passed a proclamation declaring our city a "Rule of Law" city. It is not that we were in total anarchy before May. ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

Another Cost of the Flotilla Raid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Along with shooting nine peace activists during their <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/flotilla/">attack on the peace flotilla this week</a>, Israeli commandos may have shot themselves i ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Tea Party Protests and Taxation Without Representation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well, it looks like some folks are coming to the District of Columbia this April 15 to protest under the "tea party" banner. Well, it looks like some folks ar ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

Cut the Deficit--Cut Military Spending
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to Congress this week, totals $3.8 trillion and projects a deficit of $1.6 trillion. President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to ...

Why Climate Change Matters to the Lives of the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

World Vision is at the Copenhagen climate change talks because this is no longer an environmental crisis alone, but a deepening humanitarian crisis. World Vision is at the Copenha ...

In the Culture War, Justice Loses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christian minority in the town of Gojra. A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christ ...

We Must Act on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.</p> As a nation, we are engaged ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have friends in the UK who are doctors, men and women who work in intense, busy careers. Like many salaried positions, things get exponentially better the longer you're in the system. ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 Days for Health Reform" Jim Wallis and other faith leaders from across America kicked off "40 ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Regular readers will know that in the past year, I embarked on a genuinely life-altering journey. I emigrated to the United States, got married, and now make my home in North Carolina. ...

The Vanishing Scenery of Glacier National Park
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If anyone still doesn't believe in global warming, come to Glacier National Park. My wife Karin and I just spent two days of our vacation here. If anyone still doesn't ...

Health Care is a Human Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), article 25 paragraph 1 says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i ...

Abortion Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In recent days, it seems that the Religious Right is trying everything they can to derail the health-care reform our country so desperately needs. In recent days, it seems that th ...

Is National Health Care Hazardous to Your Health? Check the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting that cancer survival rates are much higher in the U.S. than in various European countries. Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting ...