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Worshiping a Golden Calf: The Moral Reason to Get Money Out of Politics
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

To avoid conflict, it is suggested that friendly conversation omits three things: money, politics, and religion. However, it’s no secret that in current Washington discourse two of these things seem to be ind ...

Air Force Academy Drops ‘So Help Me God’ from Honor Oath
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

Air Force Academy cadets will no longer be required to include the words “so help me God” when taking their annual Honor Oath. Air Force Academy cadets will no longer be required ...

Reformers Want Congress to End Ban on Pulpit Politicking
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

In a report sent Wednesday to Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has spent years investigating the finances of high-profile televangelists, the commission called the regulation of speech of religiou ...

ACLU Says Magistrate Can’t Order ‘Messiah’ Name Change
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. NASHVILLE, Te ...

Re-Imagining Patriotism
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Somewhere along the way, the idea seeped into our national consciousness that patriotism and political criticism could no longer coexist. I was five years old on Independence Day ...

In God We Trust
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

As leaders providing spiritual guidance in a country that is often associated with strong nationalistic tendencies, offering a word that speaks to the messy relationship between “God and Country” is a task tha ...

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Prayer at Government Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 8:20am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings — a practice that’s been common in Congress and throughout the states for more than two centuries. ...

On God's Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Press

March 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

On God’s Side: For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

On God's Side is about moving beyond the political ideologies that have both polarized and paralyzed us, by regaining a moral compass for both our public and personal lives — by reclaiming an ancient yet ...

Court Upholds Indiana’s Ban on Secular Wedding Officiants
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 7:25am | Type: Blog

A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. A fe ...

Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Political leaders in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming elections, citing the Himalayan nation's constitution ...

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

How can churches have a healthy conversation about politics in the middle of a national election without demonizing the opposition and causing disunity? Learning to speak as a Chr ...

House GOP Moves to Act on Religion in Vets’ Funerals
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Honor guards are prohibited from participating in religious rituals except as requested by families. Problems arose in Houston when the cemetery director misinterpreted this law to prohibit all religious speec ...

Did Pastor Charles Worley Break the Law?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Some believe Charles Worley did more than just smear the image of the Christian faith and denigrate an entire cross-section of the population; some suggest he actually broke the law from the pulpit. ...

Keeping 'Above the Fray' in Religion and Politics
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

In The Washington Post, Lisa Miller profiles religion and politics commentator Mark Silk. In  The   Washington Post , Lisa Miller  profiles religion and politics commen ...

America to Politicians: Easy on the Religion Please
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

New research released today by the Pew Forum shows that the American public are becoming increasingly anxious of the amount of religious language being used by their public officials. ...

‘Ten Commandments Judge’ Roy Moore Poised to Return to Ala. Court
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

With 98 percent of state precincts counted, Roy Moore held on to 51 percent of the vote in his bid to retake his former job as chief justice of the Alabama's supreme court. M ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Rowan Williams Says Jesus Would Be Siding With Occupy Movement Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2011 ABC NEWS: Religion Powerful Force In 2012 Race Religion and politics may not always mix well together, but that’s not the case for Re ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

What is an Evangelical, anyway?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Blog

Not long after the 2004 presidential election, I was dining with some friends in Brooklyn when the conversation turned to religion and politics - the two things you're never supposed to discuss in pol ...

Senators Kyl and DeMint Exploit Faith for Political Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

While American troops will be working through the Christmas holidays, putting their lives on the line for our safety, and while millions of Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince o ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

Why Faith at the Conventions Matters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I am now in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, and I will be in the Twin Cities next week for the Republican National Convention. I am now in Denver for the Democratic ...