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Personal and Pragmatic Reasons for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christians to be peacemakers and healers. Jesus is a healer -- of body, spirit, and heart. He also called Christian ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

We've Crashed Our Cars into the Living Room of the World's Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves]."</p> Proverbs 31:8 says "Speak out for those who cannot speak [for themselves].&quo ...

Obama, Bigotry, and Balance ... and Death Threats
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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. ...

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 ...

Applying Just Peace Theory to Obama's UN Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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. ...

Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>This post responds to the following question posed on <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2009/09/should_religious_charities_dis/all.html">The Washington Post's & ...

Our National Loss of Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"You lie!" yelled Representative Joe Wilson during President Obama's recent address before a joint session of Congress. "You lie!" yelled Representative J ...

G-20: The Global South Is Too Big To Fail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As pundits and politicians wield fighting words over the domestic health-care crisis, another group is getting ready to combat a different crisis -- one which, unless it's resolved quickly, will ca ...

A Choice for Catholic Bishops: Confrontation or Engagement?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the dangers posed by some U.S. Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the danger ...

What?! Racism Still in America?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

My Reaction to Obama's Speech? It's a Start, but I Want More
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a voracious woman.</p> I am a voracious woman. There was much in President Obama's speech on health care that I appreciated. He has taken us a long way toward ...

Hope is a Verb
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 Keys to Reforming Health Care: T.R. Reid's The Healing of America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A couple of weeks ago <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2009/08/review-healing-of-america.html">I previewed</a> T.R. A couple of weeks ago I previewe ...

A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Cable news and the blogosphere heated up with a new controversy in the lead-up to a noon-time address that President Obama gave as a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchool ...

A Plea for a New Generation of Republican Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Obama's School Speech Outcry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Does President Obama Want to Brainwash Our Kids?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I suppose I'm asking for trouble by going here, but could someone explain to me the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04school.html?_r=1&amp;hp" target="_blank">c ...

Faith is about Redemption: The Life of Ted Kennedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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" ...

40 Days for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you watch enough cable news you would think the fight over health-care reform has been reduced to protestors screaming about socialism, "death panels," and the evils of government. ...

Nazis, Commies, and Manicheans in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

A (Nonviolent) Gun-Toting Witness for Health Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://rosemarieberger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/sidebysidehealthcare.jpg"></a></p> <p class="wp-caption-text">"I'm Ready to Water t ...

The Moral Core of the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

With all of the shouting, the fear, and now what often looks like hatred -- we are in danger of losing the moral "core" of this health-care debate. With all of the shout ...

Three Responses to a Conservative Critic on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just received this:</p> Just received this: I am one of the conservative Christians you refer to in your letter. I did not and still do not support President Obama alt ...

Join Today's National Teleconference on Health-Care Reform with President Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Tonight Sojourners, along with 40 other faith groups, will host a national teleconference with President Obama about health care. Tonight Sojourners, along with 40 other faith gro ...

More Than Beer-Bottle Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama convened what was infamously dubbed the "Beer Summit." You know <a href="../2009/07/28/gates-arrest-analysis-cliff-notes/">the ...

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 ...

Palin Bad for Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Making Peace with Sam Harris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama's choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. D ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:18am | 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. ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

Health-Care Reform: Leading with Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Americans are dying for want of health care. Americans are dying for want of health care. Since the 1912 electoral defeat of Republican stalwart Theodore Roosevelt-supporter of un ...

Stuck on Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Talking While Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Professor Gates, Sgt. Crowley, and the Balance of Power
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There are only a handful of widely, cross-culturally known black intellectuals in this country-Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, Julianne Malveaux, and maybe a few others. ...

Health Care and Structural Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Debating Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Are we living in the golden age of racial debates? Every week seems to bring some new wrinkle in the national conversation about race, class, and ethnicity. And with the emergence of social media, we ...

Mr. Obama, Our Immigration Enforcement Policy Perpetuates Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

While watching Barack Obama's health care press conference last night, I wasn't surprised when he took a question regarding the arrest and subsequent media uproar surrounding his good friend, Henry ...

Why We Still Need the NAACP
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week marked the <a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/2009/02/the-naacp-century.html">centennial celebration</a> of the nation's oldest and most respected civil rights organization ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tavis Smiley on Perspective, Prayer, and the President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, Jim Wallis sat down with Tavis Smiley to talk about his role in public media of raising issues and asking questions that others are not. Earlier this year, Jim ...

Stop this Malicious E-mail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/is_it_true_that_persons_older_than.html">e-mail is circulating that, like most scary e-mails, is entirely false</a>. ...

Obama, Africa, and Truth-Telling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Now that the Cold War that was anything but cold in Africa is over; now that the CIA, as far as we know, no longer pays for the overthrow and murder of democratically elected leaders as it did with ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Daring to Disarm: McNamara and the Moscow Summit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

At around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, two headlines were dueling for the coveted center space of the <em>New York Times</em> Web site. At around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, two head ...

'A Step-by-Step Agenda for the Elimination of Nuclear Arms'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/world/05nuclear.html?th&amp;emc=th">page one story</a> in Sunday's<em> New York Times</em> is one that I have been wait ...

Protests and International Pressure Against Honduras Coup Continue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV/1/580083956_tL8nB"></a>As the situation regarding the military ouster of Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya co ...