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'The Children Come': A New Hymn on the Exodus of Children from Central America to the U.S. Border
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

This new hymn is inspired by the crisis in Central America that has caused over 70,000 children to take the dangerous journey to the United States in recent months. This new hymn ...

Why Are Evangelicals Supporting Immigration Reform? Q&A with Filmmaker Linda Midgett
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned the documentary “The Stranger” to foster evangelical support for immigration reform. The Evangelical Immigration Table commissioned ...

Busloads of Turned-back Immigrants, an Image of Shame
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Sometimes a picture says it all. Sometimes a picture says it all. Consider the 1963 picture of fire hoses and snarling police dogs in Birmingham, Ala., used against African-Ame ...

Marching Through Death’s Desert
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

It’s 93 degrees in Texas today. And Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty … and he is not alone. ...

In Heart of Texas, Support Grows for Same-sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Weekenders Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the men challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. ...

#Fast4Families Bus Presses on in Week 4 of Tour
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Entering its fourth week on the road, the Fast for Families bus continues its journey across the country getting closer to its final destination: Washington, D.C. on April 9. Ente ...

Stop Duane Buck's Execution
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven evangelical Christian leaders across Texas and the United States are calling on Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to allow a new, fair sentencing hearing for Duane Buck. ...

A Problem with the Climate in Texas
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There is no part of this world that God is not aware of, cannot lay claim to, and does not rule. Christians affirm that as people of faith we’re called to be stewards over creation, answering one day for how w ...

For Navy Yard Shooter, Buddhism Was a Temporary Refuge
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

The man who shot and killed 12 people had his problems. But friends who worked and lived beside Alexis say they don’t recognize the man who went on a shooting rampage Monday at a military complex in Washington ...

If Cheerleaders Don’t Convert You, Chuck Norris Will
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Texas high school cheerleaders recently won a local lawsuit which allows them to continue to paint Bible verse on the large butcher paper banners the football players burst through when storming the field. Not ...

America's Rough Week
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. Life is difficult. It can knock you down. Sometimes, an entire nation gets knocked down. ...

Gay at A&M: Saying 'Religious Liberty' When We Mean 'Control'
Originally Posted: 05/12/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

The notion of religious liberty has lately conveyed an impoverished attitude toward the common good among Christians. Namely, “we’ll pay for what we like, and won't pay for what we don’t.” ...

All Eyes on Texas, S.C. Church Property Fights
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they’ve often lost property battles as civil courts ruled buildings and land are not theirs to keep. ...

Deep in the Heart of Texas Mythology
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Those who try to simplify American culture and demand that it fit their uniform standards fail to see the beauty of diversity, and they miss the half-truth – charming, but always partial – of the mythologies w ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

QUIRK: Morabund Walmart + Ingenuity = Award-Winning Public Library
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

From the folks at Gawker... After Walmart closed up shop in McAllen, they left 124,500 square feet of retail space behind for use by the city. Rather than bring in another big box corporation to pic ...

Supreme Court Tosses ‘Christian Candy Cane’ Case
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON --- An appeal over Christmas sweets turned bitter on Monday (June 11) when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the so-called “Christian candy cane” case. The case out of Texas has become a rallying point for conservative Christians con ...

HUZZAH!: Why Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline is Good News
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 6:29pm | Type: Blog

Politico is reporting that Obama is planning to reject the Keystone XL pipeline this afternoon. Here’s a quick roundup of some reasons why we think that’s awesome: Politico is ...

Perry Defends his "War on Religion" Attack Ad
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Yes, the Obama administration is going to have differences with some of the Catholic bishops. But that doesn’t mean it’s a war. The Governor should know that if he was elected President he would have some big ...

November 6: More Than Just the Climate Movement?
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

This Sunday (11/6), is precisely one year from the 2012 General Election where the next U.S. This Sunday (11/6), is precisely one year from the 2012 General Election where t ...

Say NO to the Pipeline
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners Associate Editor Rose Marie Berger addressed hundreds gathered near Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. last week, to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline. ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

The Republican Debates So Far (part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

As a liberal, a progressive that stands to the left of President Obama, I do not expect to hear much in a Republican presidential debate with which I will agree. As a liberal, a p ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

Audio: An Interview with Two Immigrant Advocates from the Sisters of Mercy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note: </strong><em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

Coal Country: Is it Mine or God's?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note</strong>: On 10.10.10, </em><a href="http://www.350.org/" target="_blank"><em>350.org</em></a><em> is c ...

Standing Together for History
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

John MacMurray Thank you for the recent John Fea essay (“Those Who Will Not Learn from History,” May 2010) on the educational lunacy going ...

BP's Betrayal of Its 'Beyond Petroleum' Branding
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news716.php"></a>As BP's <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico ...

Those Who Will Not Learn from History
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

John Fea How Texas decides what your children will study about our past. Like it or not, the far-Right members ...

Border Fence Limbo
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>My friend Dan and I walked along Avenida Internacional, the four-lane highway that runs along th ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009. Advent is with us again, calling us to re ...

The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

A 'Big Tent' in Dallas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>For those who came to the <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org">Justice Revival</a>'s free opening nig ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

I Am More Than a Stereotype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/abc9_1.jpg"></a>Welcome to the month of June. Did you know that May is considered <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Pacifi ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

The 'War on Drugs' in Tulia, Texas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On July 23, 1999, undercover narcotics agent Tom Coleman executed one of the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575291.shtml">biggest drug busts in Texas history&l ...

Church Parking Lot is Safe Haven
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger June G. Vajda In response to a police crackdown on people living on t ...