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Overcoming Violent Fundamentalism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Religious extremism will not be defeated by a primarily military response. TODAY THE Middle East—w ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

Requiem for Republicans
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Last weekend, former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois passed away. Along with former Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, who died a month ago, they represented the last vestiges of an era of moderate Republicans ...

Mandatory E-Verify: Immoral and Bad Business
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I admit it: A few years back, when I first heard about the E-Verify program, I thought it sounded reasonable. The program was described to me as a way for employers to voluntarily verify the U.S. ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

The Top 3 Signs This War Will End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One of the amazing things about scripture is that, even after thousands of years, it continues to inspire. Many scholars believe that the prophet Isaiah lived in the 8th century B.C.E. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: John Kerry. House Withdrawal Legislation. Poppy Fields.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Success in the Immigration Reform Movement After SB 1070
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/" target="_blank">SB 1070 in Arizona</a>, the controversial bill that mobili ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

Grading Civility: 75 Percent Give the United States a C, D, or F
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama spent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-of-the-union-2011-breakdown/" target="_blank">4 percent</a> of his State of the Union ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

Political Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is very difficult to observe the current political landscape and not conclude that the process has seriously broken down. It is very difficult to observe the current political ...

Former Legislators Sound a Warning, Call for Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43063.html" target="_bl ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The last month has seen six Australian soldiers killed in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/">Afghanistan</a>, bringing Australia's total to 17. ...

Video: President's Address on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/video-presidents-address-on-comprehensive-immigration-reform/"></a>President Obama spoke at American University yesterday and called for ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Relationship Instead of Partisanship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to a safe place. "When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

Bill To Reject Bipartisanship Receives Broad Bipartisan Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives hailed the passage of landmark legislation on Tuesday that rejects bipartisanship once and for all.</p> Le ...

A Six-Point Summary of What the New Health-Care Law Should Accomplish Now (and Some Other Details)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the most comprehensive health reform legislation in decades. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law th ...

A New START Toward Nuclear Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When word came down last Friday that the U.S. and Russia would sign a new strategic arms reduction treaty (START), Ana Marie Cox posted this message to her 1.5 million twitter followers:</p> ...

A Million Christians for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential.</p> Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential. For more than a year, Sojourners has been discu ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yester ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead ...

Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694034604_U2HKp"></a>Did you watch any of the health-care summit yesterday in Washington ...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694003830_DapYT"></a>Yesterday, the Senate <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.co ...

If the Tea Party movement were consistent, it would tackle defense spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On the one hand, as a new <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/meet-the-tea-partiers-male-rich-and-college-educated.php" target="_blank">CNN poll</a> shows, 11 pe ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

Glenn Beck, Come Drink Some Kool-Aid with Me
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I used to be just like Glenn Beck, only without the multi-million dollar TV show: I used to get attention by angrily, and humorously, attacking politicians. I'm ashamed of how I acted back then. ...

State of the Union: Our Responsibility for the Government We Deserve
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My measure of a good State of the Union address is whether or not I am able to stay awake through to the end. My measure of a good State of the Union address is whether or not I a ...

Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year ...

'Twas a Week Before Christmas: A D.C. Holiday Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

'Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city<br /> Politicians were scrambl'n, it wasn't very pretty.<br /> Health care and climate were up in the air, ...

Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009. Advent is with us again, calling us to re ...

Reduce the Danger of Nuclear War and Help Feed Hungry Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays <em>everyone's</em> talking about nuclear disarmament. Nowadays everyone's talking about nuclear disarmament. The Queen of England , Geo ...

The Elections You May Not Have Noticed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Most of the country probably didn't notice. Most of the country probably didn't notice. Unless you live in Virginia, New Jersey, a couple areas in New York, or maybe ev ...

Obama, the UN, and the Bomb: Six Takeaway Points
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the nuclear security business, it's a good day when nothing goes wrong. It's a great day when something goes right. In the nuclear security business, it's a good ...

Video: Ted Kennedy Speaking at Jerry Falwell's College
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Evidence of Sen. Ted Kennedy's bipartisan bridge-building: <span class="description">On Oct. 3, 1983, he addressed Rev. Evidence of Sen. Ted Kennedy's bi ...

Honoring the Greatest Commitment of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of "secularists" who w ...

Five Christian Considerations for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I approach the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/11/an-open-letter-to-conservative-christians-in-the-us-on-health-care/">discussion about health-care reform</a> from the perspective o ...

President Obama to Participate in Nationwide Call-in on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children. Death, disease, and pain did not exi ...

Immigration Reform This Year: Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. Yesterday, President Obama met with ke ...

Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Inspiring Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs. ...

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League switched its All-Star game from New Orleans to Houston. In 1965, in a last minute move, the American Football League s ...

A Christian Argument for Progressive Taxation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Wednesday morning, at 9 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office. When I handed it to the clerk, she said, "I hate tax day." I replied, "Not me. ...