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Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/03/can-an-orange-bracelet-turn-hearts-in-washington/" target="_self"></a>In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress j ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way. ...

Why I'm Trying to Resist Political Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'll be honest, I've been pretty disgusted with the callousness of our national discourse, how so many politicians, including Democrats, seem all too eager to balance state and federal <a href=&qu ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Civilian Casualties. Drones. Solutions.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

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

Wisconsin: America's Tahrir Square?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A week after a shocked world reveled in Egypt's incredible moment of freedom and people power, Wisconsin is reviving its own unique tradition of people power and creative protest. ...

Wall Street's Plastic -- and Poison -- Ivy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

If corporate fronts designed to look like grassroots efforts are known as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" targe ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...

Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama released his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/15/us/politics/15obama-doc.html" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> Monday, officially staking ...

Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. In the old days, in ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

How William J. Barber Saved Wake County Schools
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

February is Black History month. February is Black History month. In public schools and community centers across the United States, Black History month means that the busts of pre ...

Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/remarks-president-national-p ...

Education For More Than Global Economic Dominance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Education is not primarily an industry and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research." -- </em><a style="color: #90 ...

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 ...

Conviction and Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We are both evangelical Christians who believe that our treatment of the poor, weak, and most vulnerable is how a society is best biblically measured. We are both evangelical Chri ...

Friday Links Round Up: Women Photographers. Bipartisanship. Cornel West.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/21/friday-links-round-up-women-photographers-bipartisanship-cornel-west/" target="_blank"></a>Women Photographers. Bipartisanship. ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

Do Violent Words Cause Violence? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">tragic Arizona shootings</a> have sparked debate over an important question: What's the connection between v ...

The Work of Healing Starts in Our Hearts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety. Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends an ...

Violent Stories That Change Us for the Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A public figure is shot. School children are shot. A building explodes. A package explodes. And immediately we look for someone or something to blame: Republicans? A public figu ...

Taking the Constitution Seriously
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Among the new rules for this Congress adopted by the incoming Republican majority is that in th ...

The Inconsistency for the Call to Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In light of an unsuccessful campaign to become the president of my middle school as an eighth grader, I have no plans on entering politics and running for political office. In lig ...

How the Grinches Stole 9/11 Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

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Waiting for Love in a Tea Party World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week I sat at a breakfast table with prominent New York City faith leaders. The topic of the morning was: "In this post-election moment, what issues are you passionate about? ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn't need at great cost to us all. He should have fought this on ...

Courage in a World of Labels
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Children's author Madeline L'Engle argues in her book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865474877?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;cr ...

Stop the Games in Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In just the past few days, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-224.shtml" target="_blank">U.S. In just the past few days, the U.S. ...

Thank God for the Patriot Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I learned about a website and a letter signed by more than 3 dozen millionaires (folks who have earned over $1 million in a year either now or in the past) asking the President to allo ...

How You Can Help Protect Children Around the World
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

I have been an international human rights activist and lobbyist for 31 years in Washington. There have been times when issues I cared about and worked hard on simply didn't bear fruit, and I wonder at tho ...

What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators. On November 2, th ...

It Takes a Movement: Why a 'Movement' is Necessary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Xenophobia 101
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"We need immigration reform "We need immigration reform Perhaps we should also have Perhaps we should also have advocates encourage politicians ...

Not Happy with the Results? Hallelujah, Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I think the elections turned on misinformation, anger, and fear. I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I th ...

After This Election, We Need a New Vision Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank">This election</a>, some good people were elected and other good people lost. ...

Things Worth Remembering from the Rally to Restore Sanity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101101-rallytorestoresanity21.jpg"></a>On my way back to Pennsylvania after attending Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity in Washingto ...

Campaign Ads: Scarier Than Halloween Decorations?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Elections, my dear sir "Elections, my dear sir Campaign Ads: Scarier Than Campaign Ads: Scarier Than Halloween Decorations? ...

Why I'm Not Tired of Reading About the Tea Party
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Are you tired of reading about the Tea Party? The group represents 11 percent of our population, yet it has been on the front cover of every national newspaper for months now. Are ...

Abuses of Faith in this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> You have to wonder -- when political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent -- ...

Dear Candidate: Talk About Your Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> It's midterm election time. How are ...

7 Steps to Civility this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Last week, I asked you all to tell FOX ...

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 ...

What Do Glenn Beck and Alan Grayson Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a logic lesson for you: Both Beck and Grayson use the argument "If A is a B, and A is also a C, then all Bs are Cs." And they shouldn't use this kind of argument. ...

Beck, Nazis, and Civil Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Glenn Beck can do better. Fox News can do better. When it comes to upholding truth and having civil dialogues, let's be honest, we all can do better. Glenn Beck can do better ...

When Winning an Election Undermines Democracy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Some days, I miss getting a physical copy ...