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The Plowshares 8: Thirty Years On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While imprisoned after his 1967 <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/pics67-73.htm">Baltimore 4 action</a>, Philip Berrigan, in his <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness. ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100901-restoringhonor1.jpg"></a>Glenn Beck is wrong on so much: wrong on social justice and liberation theology. His logic is often flawed. ...

Community Organizing Affirms Human Dignity For All
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In</em> <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home">Sojourners</a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home"> ...

'Religion Everywhere, But None to Drink': God at the Aspen Ideas Festival (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Three distinctive views about people of religious faith became apparent at this summer's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/11/trust-is-the-new-black-god-at-the-aspen-ideas-festival-part-i/&quo ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: A Watering Hole Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God& ...

Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Football and Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All around the United States, high school and college football teams are beginning to practice for the fall season. All around the United States, high school and college footba ...

Mosques, Churches, Terror, and Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

The Summer of Our Discontent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Remember January 2009? That month, the country witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Remember January ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Additional Films
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Each day this week, we've featured a film featuring different aspects of th ...

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

August 6, 1945. It was a sunny morning in the city of more than 300,000 people. Some were on their way to work, children were playing in the streets. August 6, 1945. It was a s ...

Missouri's Health-Care Dilemma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/08/04/tuesday.primaries/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn">by a 3-to-1 margin</a>, Missouri voters passed <a href="http://ballo ...

Arizona Reveals a Struggle Beyond the Courtroom and the Ballot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In light of recent events in Arizona, I propose we lead in our communities where national and global leaders lag behind on issues of human rights and love of neighbor. In ligh ...

President Obama on "The View"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama visited with the five hosts of the ABC daytime talk show "The View." People complained. He should have gone to the Boy Scout gathering. President Obama v ...

Humanizing the Prison System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. "I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. With these words, David Chura thr ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

Key Provisions in SB1070 Struck Down
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

U.S. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law today and ruled that states cannot preempt federal law. According to ...

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The famed Chautauqua Institution devoted this entire week to the theme of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nuclear-disarmament/">nuclear disarmament</a>. It is a sign of the times. ...

Shirley Sherrod's True Revelation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The controversy over the injustice done to Shirley Sherrod, the African-American woman whose comments on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/race/">race</a> were taken out of context, misre ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I first heard the announcement to rise for "the presentation of the colors," I didn't understand what that was. When I first heard the announcement to rise for ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

How Technology Fought Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A couple of months ago, the <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/">MetaFilter</a> weblog community came together to rescue a couple of young Russian women from the clutches of a <a href= ...

Flag vs. Font: Pledging Our Allegiance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">"You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever." (The Book of Common Prayer) " ...

Robert Byrd, Truth, and Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Truth is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. We may wield it against an enemy with great satisfaction. However, the truth also cuts us, and does so with a fare-thee-well. Tru ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

BP: Is It Time to Ban Companies Again?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It appears that BP has decided it needs tips from the Spin Master to protect its thoroughly corroded reputation in the U.S. No, they haven't hired Republican strategist Frank Luntz. ...

Texas School Board: The "Common Good" as Liberal Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The Texas School Board has approved controversial new social studies standards . Some on the board appear more intent on imme ...

Imagining a New American Church Response to Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, a group of 150 Christian leaders committed to the ministry of reconciliation in their churches, communities, schools, and organizations gathered at Duke Divinity School to explore how th ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

The "Freedom Flotilla" Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On May 31, I awoke to news reports that the Israeli Navy had boarded and fired on 10 small ships in international waters approaching the coast of Gaza and bearing humanitarian supplies for Palestin ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

Christian Anti-Logic and Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855594020_q5SQY"></a>The issue of illegal immigration in the United S ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

Iran's Nuclear Deal: A Success for Sanctions Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turkey and Brazil is a positive development that deserves U.S. support. The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turke ...

Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Arizona's lawmakers just keep finding ways to transform their xenophobia into law. First, they questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a legitimate holiday. Arizona ...

Why My Conservative Business Friends Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman friend to get some insight into how immigrants enhance our culture. Recently I turned to a conservative, white businessman f ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the In ...

Which Party is the Biggest Spender? A. Democrats B. Republicans C. All of the Above
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In a recent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/opinion/23brooks.html"><em>New York Times</em> column, David Brooks</a> laments the loss of the political center. ...

In Honor of Civil Rights Leaders Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The world is stubborn. It changes its thinking at a glacial pace. People fear change, and they come to hate what they fear. Powerful interests do not want to lose or to share power. The work of so ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What is the Tea Party position on war?</p> What is the Tea Party position on war? While we witness crowds gathering in the name of the Boston Tea Party protest against t ...

Obama's 'Nuclear Spring'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Monday and Tuesday, President Obama hosted leaders from 46 other countries at a summit on nuclear weapons, focused on the threat of terrorists getting nuclear material. Monday and ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

Can Petraeus Push the U.S. Toward Peace in the Middle East?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite some attempts to force it back. The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite s ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

A Good START: Reducing the Idolatry of Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The decades-long struggle to first reduce and then abolish nuclear weapons achieved two major goals this week that we can celebrate.</p> The decades-long struggle to first r ...

A Covenant for Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. The political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest di ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...