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Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

Why I’m More Worried About Ebola Than ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

We have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. As people of faith, we are called to speak the trut ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

Abducting Girls in the Name of God
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Invoking the name of God to justify human barbarity is a painfully tragic and an ongoing occurrence. If hearing these lies about God breaks our hearts, we can only imagine they must also break the heart of God ...

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched th ...

The Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons from Passover
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As has been borne out by various terrorist attacks around the globe, terrorism breeds fear — its intended consequence. Too often this fear becomes fear of a religious group. We, as Jews, know intimately the pe ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

Drones and Terrorism: Is the U.S. Scapegoating Al Qaeda?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s an odd question, I know, but it reared its ugly head as I read about the new reports from Amnesty International and Humans Rights Watch on U.S. drone strikes. The scapegoating mechanism is a very precise ...

In Kenya Attack, Weakened Al-Shabab Seeks a Foothold in Kenya
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

The deadly mall attack in Kenya on Saturday is a sign that the al-Qaida-affiliated group that carried it out has been dealt a blow in Somalia and they are looking to generate headlines with more high-profile a ...

N.C. Clergy Seek Release of Senate Report on Torture
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Citing the need for transparency in the U.S. record on human rights, nearly 200 clergy and religious leaders from North Carolina are seeking the public release of a 6,000-page Senate intelligence report on U.S ...

On Syria: We Must Use a Moral Compass to Guide Our Moral Outrage
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Christians should be guided by the gospel of peacemaking and conflict resolution that reduces the violence of our world. And it is a long-held Christian principle that governments and citizens are obliged to w ...

Islam, Terror Threats, and a God of Power
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday, CNN published an article by Peter Bergen titled “What’s behind the timing of the terror threat?” U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa have been closed since last Saturday due to terror ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

Peering in the Dark Corners
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill shines a light on U.S. covert wars. JEREMY SCAHILL ...

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried in Undisclosed Location
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

An undisclosed community on Wednesday accepted the body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which is now “entombed,” according to police in Worcester, Mass. An undisclose ...

What We Find On Higher Ground
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Of course the higher ground, the refuge from tragedy, is God’s. People seem to sense that instinctively, regardless of faith tradition. The harder, more humbling realization is that all of it — the flooded pl ...

The Demonization of 'Terrorism'
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The recent explosions at the Boston Marathon and subsequent media coverage exposed yet again a dangerous trend in U.S. culture: rushing to judgment in labeling and prosecuting crimes, and throwing away long-he ...

Boston Amputees Face Long Spiritual Struggle Ahead
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

For these victims, the path forward involves relearning almost everything, from getting out of bed to getting in a car. Whether they go on to lead satisfying lives depends largely on how they handle the spirit ...

Surprising Our 'Enemies:' What If We Flipped the Script?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

When our personal, political, and national enemies strike us, they expect us to strike back. That’s been the human script since the foundations of human culture. What if we surprised our enemies and changed th ...

Boston Mosque Says Bombing Suspect Had Outbursts But Wasn’t Violent
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Leaders at the Islamic Society of Boston‘s mosque in Cambridge say Tsarnaev, 26, who died early Friday after a shootout with police, “disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology” of the mosque, but t ...

Catholic Bishops: Don’t Let Boston Attacks Derail Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

Leading U.S. Catholic bishops on Monday denounced efforts to use the Boston Marathon bombings to derail the push for immigration reform, saying it is wrong to brand all immigrants as dangerous and that a revam ...

Don't Worship the Monsters
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

When people commit monstrous deeds, it is hard not to turn and stare in horror. In one of John Steinbeck’s earliest novels,  To A God Unknown , he tells the story of a young ma ...

A Man Had Two Sons — Luke 15:11
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

It’s one of the deepest and most enduring themes of the Bible; from Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, and many more — the two sons, with jealousy, strife, and even murder between them, and almo ...

Muslim Leaders: We Stand Against Terrorism
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

As the manhunt intensified in and around Boston, Muslim leaders convened a press conference Friday to denounce the attacks and to urge the media not to link their faith with violent extremism. ...

Transcript: Obama Praises Boston for Overcoming the ‘Face of Evil’
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama praised Bostonians for their actions “in the face of evil” during an interfaith memorial service on Thursday for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pre ...

Heartbreak Beyond Heartbreak (Hill)
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

The beauty of Jesus’ story is that we soon forget the brutality of the robbers due to the caring example of the Good Samaritan. Thirty-four years ago – and about that many pounds ...

Boston Bombings: Deliver Us from Evil
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

I hate admitting that I’m vulnerable. But the president’s words didn’t reassure me. They made me feel more vulnerable because the phrase “full weight of justice” is always a veiled call to violence. ...

U.S. Muslims Mobilize to Prevent Boston Backlash
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It’s a familiar race against time for Muslim groups. Almost as soon as the smoke cleared around Copley Square, they knew from long experience that some would immediately point the finger of blame in their dire ...

Boston, Bombs, and the Scandal of God’s Criminal Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

As we journey forward in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, may we be confronted and comforted by the reality of God’s abundant grace. I am tormented by what took place at ...

Today, We Pray for Our Enemies
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

It is in times and tragedies like those that happened in Boston that our call to pray for our enemies is most difficult. May we be faithful to pray for them despite our circumstances. ...

Rand Paul, Drones, and Honor
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

While I stand with Sen. Rand Paul on the question of the use of militarized spy drones in American airspace and (potentially) on Americans, I am deeply troubled by our use of these weapons in other lands, too, ...

What Are We Guarding Against?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 7:36pm | Type: Blog

It's a marvel that people hate vehemently enough to end their lives and those of complete strangers as a solution to their actual suffering or perceptions of injustice. It's expensive to make this me ...

Closing the Loop on Khalid Sheikh Mohammad?
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

The excuse of national security is being used to eliminate a basic foundation of democracy: transparency. If evidence used to convict a person is secret, if the accused cannot openly challenge the charges bein ...

A Heart for Peace
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Geoff Tunnicliffe Rick Love Lisa Sharon Harper Tyler Wig ...

Permanent Preparations for War
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Eisenhower's warning of the spiritual effects of permanent preparations for war. Most of us have read President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech warning of the growin ...

Family Research Council Shooter Charged with Terrorism
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON -- A federal grand jury added terrorism to the list of charges faced by the Virginia man who was indicted in the shooting of a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council's Washi ...

How To (and Not To) Respond to the Current Crisis in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:06am | Type: Blog

My heart is heavy. Every day for the last week, media outlets have told their version of the current uprising stretching across the Middle East (Egypt, Libya, Yemen). Whether it’s pictures of embassies burned ...

In Lebanon, Pope Benedict Tells Middle Eastern Christians: 'Fear Not'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

BEIRUT — As violent protests against an anti-Islam film spread to much of the Muslim world on Friday, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon to a warm welcome from Christian and Muslim leaders. ...

Photo Essay: 'Ramadan Kareem' at Jerusalem Checkpoints?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

Due to a temporary relaxation in Israeli policy, many Palestinians traveled to Jerusalem through checkpoints during Ramadan this year. But now that Ramadan is over, it’s back to business as usual. ...

The Uncomfortable Questions Around Terrorism and Race
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

An article in The Atlantic takes on race and terrorism. Conor Friedersdorf writes for The Atlantic : Since 9/11, many Americans have conflated terrorism with Musli ...

LAPD Modifies Surveillance Program of Muslims
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

After lobbying from Muslim and Sikh leaders, the Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to modify its information-gathering program on suspicious activities after the New York Police Department came under fi ...

Still Things Left Unsaid When it Comes to Drones
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

From  Mother Jones  this morning: White House Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan officially acknowledged the administration's targeted killing of Al Qaeda members abroad for the first time in a speech on Monday. But Brennan didn' ...

Homeless Veteran to President Obama: "Why Are We Sending Money to Pakistan?"
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

During the first-ever all-virtual interview conducted by Americans via Google+'s "hangout" group video chat feature, a young, homeless veteran in Boston asked President Obama why the United Stat ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 THE WASHINGTON POST: GOP Candidates Show Sharp Differences On National Security And Terrorism The Republican presidential candidat ...

Chris Hedges' Occupy Wall Street Statement
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:30am | Type: Blog

Christ Hedges' statement on Occupy Wall Street. Editor's Note: Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges made this statement in New York City's Zuccotti Park on Thurs ...