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Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

Everybody Hates Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663709242_ZioTU"></a>There's one thing these days that it seems you can get everyone to agree ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is some good conversation going around God's Politics partner blogs about what role race is playing in the current wave of opposition to Obama's policies, including Rep. ...

Stand for Freedom in Iran: 'Enough is Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a message delivered at the "Stand for Freedom in Iran" rally that took place yesterday at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations.</em></p> ...

Applying Just Peace Theory to Obama's UN Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory is the middle way between pacifism and just war theory. It recognizes the moral force of nonviolence and the goal of a world that solves its disputes through nonviolent means. ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3/1/#599051510_WL6dK"></a>During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ar ...

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. ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

Why are the First Family's Hairstyles a Political Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, perhaps recklessly, began to think that the debate on black hair had finally been put to rest, that black women could choose to wear their hair straightened or natural, in braids, locks, or twis ...

What?! Racism Still in America?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Some people raise the issue of race (this time about the ways others are talking about or treating the first black U.S. president) and the media goes crazy. He ...

Love Your Political Enemies: A Response to Jimmy Carter's Comments on Racism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against President Obama and his plans for health-care reform. I love my fellow citizens who have taken to the street against ...

Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/us/politics/10obama.text.html?ref=politics">speech last evening</a>, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition i ...

Hope is a Verb
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was too young to remember President John F. Kennedy. My mother worked on his campaign and hauled her baby (me) along with her to pass out literature. I was too young to remembe ...

Three Reasons Latina/os Should Not Boycott the U.S. Census
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a Latina sociologist and an activist-in-training who has spent substantial time with scholars and activists studying U.S. Latina/o communities from both professional and personal viewpoints. ...

A Plea for a New Generation of Republican Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate. I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate. For mature societ ...

Did Anyone Freak Out in '91 When George H.W. Bush Asked School Children to 'Help Us Achieve Our Goals'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. I blame the media for much of this manufactured controversy. Just because a conservative fringe now feels entitled to ...

Obama's School Speech Outcry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Most folks who've read my blog over some time should know that while I very much respect President Obama, I don't go ga-ga and drool over this man. Most folks who'v ...

Sister Sotomayor: Lady Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed more than one month ago, so why, you may ask, am I just now penning a blog about her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court? The answer is easy -- I was scared. I ...

Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never really trusted those who are intolerant and condemning of other people's shortcomings. It makes me suspect they are likely hiding their own. I have never really ...

Republicans Want Health-Care Reform Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm a registered Republican. I didn't vote for Obama. I believe in free-market enterprise. I like smaller government. There, I said it. It's out!</p> I&# ...

Zuma's Visit to Zimbabwe: Seeking 'Batho Pele'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a Sotho expression, <em>batho pele</em> -- meaning "putting people first" -- that one wishes could inform politics in Zimbabwe. There is a Sotho exp ...

Three Moral Issues of Health Care
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis On a personal, national, and global level, the physical well-being of all God’s children is close to God’s heart and should be ...

Caught With Their Family Values Down
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. This month’s cover story is about sex, and there is nothing I can add to the topic that would not violate the rules of my pa ...

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Forty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave the <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream" ...

Kennedy, Health Care, and Imperfection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol on the Capitol Subway. The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol ...

The Downstream Media and the Death of Political Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The passing of Sen. The passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy has brought forth many reflections on his ability-regardless of his reputation as the archetypal Massachusetts liberal-to en ...

Remembering Sen. Edward Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I woke up this morning planning an essay for God's Politics about love and fear. It will be another essay in support of health-care reform. This issue has commandeered my pen.</p> ...

Honoring the Greatest Commitment of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Nazis, Commies, and Manicheans in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would pick sides of American and Nazis. Of course, everyone wanted be the Americans, the good guys. I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would ...

Life, Liberty, Happiness, and Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Declaration of Independence says:</p> The Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are e ...

Health-Care Reform: Check the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you have paid attention to the health-care reform debate at all, you know that there is a lot of bad information out there. If you have paid attention to the health-care reform ...

To Whom Much is Given
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We learned the story in Sunday school: </p> We learned the story in Sunday school: The rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesu ...

Palin Bad for Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Thursday, I wrote about <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/" href="../2009/08/06/truth-telling-and-responsibility-in-health-care/&q ...

A Conversation with Robert Jensen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593762348?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=1593762348" mce_href="http://www.am ...

The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. I've seen 'Saving ...

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 ...

Washington Update: Abortion Funding Not in Health-Care Bill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong></strong>The health-care reform debate in Washington, D.C., has many components, but one that has drawn enormous attention from the pro-life community is a concern over whether health-care ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

The Professor and the Police Officer Got Trapped in the 'Script'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been away for the last couple of weeks, first for a family wedding and reunion on a lake in northern Michigan, and then at the Chautauqua conference center in rural New York state. ...

Stuck on Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again.</p> Here we go again. The hyper-media -- the 24/7 cable television added to the blogosphere added to the mainstream media, with time to fill during the ...

An Evangelical Who Doesn't Like Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to watch Sarah Palin's farewell address while pumping away on the elliptical machine. I was doing a workout anyway, so I decided to ...

Talking While Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I think President Obama was right to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/politics/25gates.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th">soften the tone</a> of his statement the other day ...

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Presently, the glare of the media spotlight has started to shine on a number of political figures, all of whom coincidentally have a connection to a D.C.-based group called The Family. ...

Health Care and Structural Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. Just peace theory recognizes that there is more than one kind of violence. There is subjective violence ...

Sotomayor's 'Temperament Problem': Perception and Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Judge Sonia Sotomayor's approval as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice may be a forgone conclusion at this point, but her nomination ...

An Ever-new Narrative of Good News
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My friend <a href="http://thecorner.typepad.com/">Bob Carlton </a>sent me this link to a <em>Guardian</em> piece by Madeleine Bunting, "<a href="http://www.guardi ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this past weekend was described as his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this ...