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Christian Soldiers in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." We often think about time ...

Sotomayor: She Deserves Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama has electrified the Latino community in America. The nomination of Sonia Soto ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Discovering Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The media coverage and analysis of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/us/politics/17text-obama.html?pagewanted=print">President Obama's speech at Notre Dame</a> on Sunday lar ...

Dick Cheney's Contempt for Americans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dick Cheney is a strange creature. For public consumption he is the cool, principled champion of the American people willing to take hard public stands on their behalf. Dick Chene ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra ...

God or Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a title="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernment/2009/05/torture_poll_its_about_politics_not_religion.html" href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernmen ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

For the Record: Still Not the Religious Left
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Before our Mobilization to End Poverty, a member of our staff sent an e-mail to some members of the media in which he mistakenly referred to it as "the first big mobilization of the Religious Left ...

The New 'Nones' Aren't Atheist--Just Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Historically, the number of individuals who say they have no religious affiliation in America ranges between 5-10%, but a new poll conducted by Robert Putnam (of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/p ...

Doing Kingdom Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There were some remarkable outcomes to last week's Mobilization to End Poverty, with nearly 50 <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-host-sponsors">sp ...

Are Christians Bad for an Empire's Economy? Should They Be?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Mike recently brought to my attention a <a href="http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/texts/pliny.html" target="_blank">letter written by Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan< ...

Video: Eugene Cho Interviews Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the privilege of spending <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/my-official-announcement-to-enter-into-politics/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/04/3 ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

Swine Flu, Hog Farms, and Piggish Politics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a lot more to the swine flu outbreak than a virus and a vaccine: There is, surprise surprise, a political-economic context.</p> There is a lot more to the swine f ...

Audio: Earmarked for Kingdom Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem preaches from the book of Proverbs, specifically chapters 10-18, in which there is a contrast made between the righteous person and the wicked person. I ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

Defining 'Progressive'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"Progressive" has become the adjective of choice to describe faith communities with commitments to justice, serving the poor, and environmentalism. "Progressive&quo ...

Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen. I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of ...

Eric Holder, Ted Stevens, and Prosecutorial Misconduct that Doesn't Make Headlines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

No one is saying that Ted Stevens didn't lie about unreported contributions. But the government has to play by the rules even when the defendant is guilty. No one is saying ...

Tax Day Wish: Prophetic Voices on Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15?</p> Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15? In 2001, President Bush ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

Obama's Public Promise to Reform Immigration this Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith leaders and immigrant advocates across the country visiting their members of Congress at home this week just got a huge boost from the Obama administration.</p> ...

Apologies of the Powerful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5354862.stm">I am deeply sorry</a> for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address," <a href="http://www. ...

Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

A generation has now come of age now for which "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past. A generation has now come of age now for whic ...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Support Wearing Thin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In a stunning turnabout, some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's firmest allies distanced themselves from his hard-line tactics when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone accepting $1.6 m ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

Doing the Best We Can in Hard Times - A Corporate Example
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>Scanning the headlines recently, the following caught my attention: "Walgreens giving free ...

The Politics of Gentleness
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove An interview with L'Arche founder Jean Vanier and theologian Stanley Hauerwas. ...

Counting the Cost
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca M. Blank We can't tell if we're making progress without a new poverty measure. Candidate Oba ...

What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something. When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to so ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

Obama and the G-20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the largest economies and the European Union, will meet in London. Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the ...

Lent Devotional: The Triumphal Entry and the Poor People's Campaign Mule Train
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During this Lenten season <a href="http://www.povertyinitiative.org/">The Poverty Initiative</a> is inviting you to join us as we reflect on the last week in the life of Jesus and the las ...

Impeach the Pope?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

So there was a fascinating <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/03/impeach_the_pope.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> in <em>The Washingt ...

Obama's Community of Support and Challenge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15pastor.html?_r=1&amp;hp"><em>The New York Times</em> ran a story</a> about five pastors who have served ...

I Hope Rush Limbaugh Fails
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Go ahead, guess who wrote the following paragraph. And I'll give you a hint: It's not Al Franken, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, or even Michael Moore.</p> Go ah ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...

Potluck Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The "Church Potluck" is an old and cherished tradition ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam ...

Tools for a God-Focused Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During the Lenten season, I decided to see how I could put into practice this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/27/confession-radicalism-often-turns-people-into-jerks-rather-than-lovers/">g ...

Obama's Call to Rebuild
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

This wasn't really a budget speech, or even a State of the Union. It was a call to rebuild a country -- from its infrastructure, to its economy, to its values. This wasn' ...

How Advocacy Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Advocating for the poor is crucial in this time of recession, but maybe you're a little nervous about actually walking into your member of Congress' office, even after the great training yo ...

Guarded Optimism in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It's been just over two weeks into the new transitional government in Zimbabwe. There is guarded optimism and most people have adopted a 'wait and see' approach. It ...

New York Post Monkey Cartoon: Beyond the Pale
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

What?! Really... the editors of the <em>New York Post</em> thought this would work?</p> What?! Really... the editors of the New York Post thought this woul ...

The Best Thing for the Economy, the Right Thing for the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> The economy and the nation are at a crossroads. Unemployment, po ...

Supporting the Poor Stimulates the Economy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Sadly, the debate around the economic recovery and stimulus pack ...