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Mosques, Churches, Terror, and Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. We set up par ...

Has Hate Corrupted the Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a writer with a public blog, I've become used to getting hate emails. Sure, some people might leave offensive comments on a blog, but the real vitriol gets reserved for emails. ...

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There is one thing the opponents of the Cordoba Initiative (that plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero) have in common with the Cordoba Initiative's leadership: their clear con ...

Top Secret America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The </em><em>Washington Post</em> today blanketed the front page with this lede:</p> The Washington Post today blanketed the front page w ...

It's Time to End This War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After his unanimous approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee as the new Afghan war commander, General David Petraeus was pictured in <em>The Washington Post</em> with a broad smile and thu ...

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line. Yesterday U.S. top Af ...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Today, April 19, is the 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of domestic terrorism -- the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building -- which killed 168 people, many of th ...

Speak Evil of No One -- Really?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I live, eat, breathe, and drink the New Testament. I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I liv ...

Afghanistan: War is Still Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan nears 1,000, and as civilian casualties continue to mount during the latest offensive, it's hard to know how to offer fresh ...

Joseph Stack's Suicidal Terrorism: The Definition of Insanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I had thought we'd all agreed that flying airplanes into buildings full of office workers was not a legitimate form of protest, but the <em>Wall Street Journal's</em> <a href="htt ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Howard Zinn's Last Advice to Me (and America): 'Independence from the Military-Corporation'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tuesday morning -- just two days ago -- I wrote to half a dozen leaders of progressive thought and action in America, each separately, the letter that follows. Tuesday ...

Greed is God: Exporting the Values of America's Prosperity Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>America, dominating the global economy, imports more goods than it exports. What is ...

'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22guns.html?ref=us">bible-verses-on-gun-scopes</a> is getting more press, I am just (if not more) disturbed to read of a U ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: What If?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply referenced Gandhi and King but followed them in following the way of Jesus? What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: Reflection and Response
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama laid out a moral defense of the use of force in his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-acceptance-nobel-peace-prize">acceptance speech in Oslo ...

U.S. Military Aid and the Paramilitaries Behind the Philippine Election Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

For many of us in the U.S., the sometimes vicious attack ads of last year's presidential election are more than just a recent memory. For many of us in the U.S., the sometime ...

We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/02/we-needed-a-new-approach-in-afghanistan-and-this-isn't-it/"></a>The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghani ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When all you have is a hammer everything seems like a nail. No famous line more aptly applies to the president's current dilemma of seeking the best solution for Afghanistan. ...

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. We've all been watching carefully as the ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

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 ...

Praise and Criticism for Obama's Cairo Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic speech to the Muslim world. In mainstream U.S. The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic spee ...

Abortion: Conversations, Not Killings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/how-i-and-other-pro-life_b_209747.html"><em>The Huffington Post</em>, former religious-right leader Frank Schaeff ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I've written <a href="http://www.brianmclaren.net/cgi-bin/mt3/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=2&amp;search=gaza"&g ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

Obama Continues Bombing Pakistan (A 'Just Peace' President? Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

He said he would do it.</p> He said he would do it. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would go into Pakistan if necessary to capture and/or kill al ...

Beyond Gaza: An Abrahamic Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Beyond anguish, what can we say about the massive death and destruction in Gaza and the traumatic fear of falling rockets in Israel? Beyond anguish, what can we say about the mass ...

Peacemaking, Power, and Politics: Books for Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

As a former theology and philosophy professor at Asbury Seminary, Sojourners' COO, Chuck Gutenson, is a walking encyclopedia of all things theological As a former theology a ...

New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. While most ...

India's Challenge after Mumbai 26/11: Don't Repeat America's Mistakes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit the same mistakes as the United States in its war on terror. After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit th ...

The Gentler Gamester is the Soonest Winner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

"The appeal of terrorism is waning," said Mathew Burrows, head of long-range analysis in the office of the director of national intelligence. "The appeal of terrori ...

Oppression of Women: The Oldest Injustice in Human History
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> <p>It is the way that "we" view, treat, and oppress women.</ ...

Tutu on the Election's Dangerous Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few hours before the bodies of Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago's South Side last Friday, across town one of the world's greatest peacemakers b ...

Bill Maher's Religulous: Polemic Based on Cynical Preconceptions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. When he ...

Sept. 11 Families Join Nonviolence Efforts in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Please, spread the message: There is not only violence in Iraq, there is something more -- people are building peace and seeking real change. Please, ...

And the #1 Threat to America: BEARS!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last week was a busy one, getting the blog switched over from Beliefnet to our own Web site. Sharp-eyed readers have noticed a few bugs, but since we're over the hump I thought a little Friday fu ...

Reflecting on Our Response to 9/11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Seven years ago this morning, airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania. Seven years ago this morning, airplanes wer ...

Rand: Solution to Terrorism Is Not Military
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Some compelling quotes from a recent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902041.html">Rand Corp. Some compelling quot ...

Diplomacy = Hitler Appeaser?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

President Bush's remarks, made last week in Israel, suggesting that anyone who wishes to talk with a violent enemy is the contemporary equivalent of a Hitler appeaser, are so wide of the mark, patr ...

Holding 9/11's Emotions Up to the Light of God
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

All of us remember this day, where we were when we heard the news, our feelings, our fears. All of us remember this day, where we were when we heard the news, our feelings, our fe ...

First Day on the Job
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Welcoming al Qaeda's dynamic new leader in Iraq. Congratulations to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, t ...