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Even Jesus had a Tax Man
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year. Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many refe ...

Better Together
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 8:23am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The Moral Mondays model seems to be spreading. LIKE THE 2013 Moral Monday protests—which over the ...

Feds Offer Atheists a Clergy Tax Break That They Don’t Want
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from Religion Foundation. But Gaylor, an outspoken atheist from Madison, Wisc., wants to stop them — and she’s askin ...

Tax or Fee? Pastors Push Back Against City’s ‘Annual Registration Fee’
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Church-state separation advocates say by demanding payment of churches for city services, and levying fines for nonpayment (and potentially putting a church in jeopardy of shutting its doors), a municipality w ...

Whistling 'Dixie' Off the Fiscal Cliff
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Let the healing begin (maybe next week). SO HOW WAS your fall off the fiscal cliff? Did you dro ...

Commission Suggests Ways to Keep Closer Eye on Lavish Ministries
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

A special commission created by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has called for clearer IRS guidance and greater involvement among donors to address “outliers” among congregations and other ...

The Case for Fair Taxes
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Susan Pace Hamill, a Professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Law has recently argued for tax reform based on Judeo-Christian ethics after exposing the unjust tax structure that exploits and oppresse ...

Lobbyists Spend A Lot of Money to Make Your Taxes Confusing
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

I finished up my taxes last night. I didn’t think much of the hour I spent on the phone with my dad making sure I filed correctly. Taxes are always complicated, right? Well, maybe that’s because the folks at Intuit (the publishers of TurboTax) want t ...

Where Do Our Tax Dollars Go?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

If you’re finishing your income tax return this week, here’s some food for thought. If you’re finishing your income tax return this week, here’s some food for thought.  The ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

POLITICO: Obama: Jesus Would Tax The Rich President Barack Obama tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith on Thursday, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’ teachings have led him to that ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Can More Taxes Make People Happier?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A new study says that might just be how it works, as long as the taxes are progressive. The study was conducted in 54 nations with over 59,000 respondents. A new study says that ...

Latin American Churches Criticize U.S. Budget Debate, Support 'Circle of Protection'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 140 prominent Protestant leaders from 12 Latin American countries have signed an "open letter to the Christian churches of the United States," asking American Christians to stand with &qu ...

Picture This
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across barren cracked earth. Picture this: Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children plod across bar ...

It's Time For Us to Grow Up and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day the mail brought an advertisement for something I desperately need (or so the ad suggested). If I ordered it right now, the ad said, I would save a hefty percentage off the usual price. ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

Poverty, Treasure Islands, and Global Tax Dodgers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2010 John Hilliard | more info (via: Wylio)As Christians concerned about poverty, it is time to turn our full attention to the injustices of an "offshore tax system" that enables cor ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions. It is not, as we have known in recent history, a traditional fight between Republicans and Democrats. It is a conflict between those ...

The Safety Net Frays
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Morally and economically, it's wrong for federal budget makers to go after the poor. ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

'It's Time for This War to End, And to End Now'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. On April 14, Jim Wallis attended a press conference on Capitol Hill. Organized by Rethink Afghanistan, a c ...

Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/let-them-eat-tanks-my-interview-with-ben-and-jerrys-co-founder-ben-cohen/" target="_self"></a>I had the opportunity to intervie ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

Friday Links Round Up: Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:18pm | Type: Blog

Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes. Here's a little round up of li ...

Homeless Men and Women Donate $1,000 to the Hunger Fast Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/15/homeless-men-and-women-donate-1000-to-the-hunger-fast-movement/" target="_self"></a>A quilt hangs in the dining and fellowship ...

Woe to You, Legislators!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is <a href="http://nymag.com/print/?/news/politics/70282/index1.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I've been fasting for 15 days in solidarity with the <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/sojo/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=399&amp;autologin=true" ta ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Quran Burning. Troop Drawdown. War Tax Calculator.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

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

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

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 ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

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 ...

Four Reasons Not to Mess with Payroll Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Now that President Obama's people have sent out glowing press releases about how wonderful the proposed tax agreement is (<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/10/a-win-women-mothers-and ...

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 ...

Millions More for Millionaires
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I have to admit that the estate tax is one of my favorite things to rant about. I have to admit that the estate tax is one of my favorite things to rant about. The purpose of the ...

The Story of One Unemployed Man
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

He has been working since he was a teenager. He graduated from high school, went to college, graduated, got a good job with a good company, married, had children, and bought a house. ...

Undocumented Farmworkers Need Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/food-and-faith/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, ...

Three Steps Toward a Balanced Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a lot of talk about deficits lately. This is for good reasons. Our personal and national relationship to debt is indeed a moral issue. There has been a lot of talk ...

The Poverty Measure: Why It's Outdated, and Why It's Important
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> "The poor quality of our official poverty statistics should be a matter of pressing national concern. America deserves bett ...

Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to modify the 14th amendment (yes, the one that granted slaves citizenship after the Civil War) is perhaps the clearest signal yet of the ...

'Trust is the new Black': God at the Aspen Ideas Festival (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Against many odds, I was given the chance to spend six days at the <a href="http://www.aifestival.org/">Aspen Ideas Festival</a> this summer. Against many od ...