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Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Christians have a presumption against war—as well as an obligation to help heal those who suffer its consequences. ...

On Scripture: Jesus, Poor Veterans, and the Grass That Suffers (Luke 21: 5-19)
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

There is a popular African proverb that says, when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and powerful entities fight amongst themselves, the common people of the land suffer the m ...

Not The Weapons But What They Defend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

I wish that we, as a people, would speak better words to those who have served in our wars. I fear that we do them, and ourselves, a disservice when we call them all heroes without letting them decide which de ...

Blessed Fiction
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Novels to stretch the mind and heart. Glorybound, by Jessie van Eerden. WordFarm. A luminou ...

War Without End
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, in March of 2003, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated “Shock and Awe” attacks that the U.S. was planning to launch against them. Ten years ago, in March of ...

Afflictions of the Soul
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Addressing "moral injury" among veterans. Counter-insurgency wars, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, frequently place soldiers in morally ambiguous situations. What ...

How To Really Support Our Troops
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Soldier suicides have reached epidemic numbers. As the AP reports, More soldiers are taking their own lives than are falling in battle. Add on top of that, the many who suffer from PTSD, and who as a result fi ...

Deportations are Not the Way to Show Respect for Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Today, any veteran who has never naturalized could be deported if he or she has a conviction for almost anything at any time in their life. This is in stark contrast with the past, when such deportations were ...

Church Leaders Say Returning Vets Need Time, Attention
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 2:01am | Type: Blog

When Staff Sgt. Brandon Hill came home from his third tour in Iraq last year, he expected his wife and young daughters at the welcoming ceremony. What he didn't expect were the pastors, secretaries and me ...

What It’s Like to Go to War
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Bill Moyers interviews a decorated Vietnam veteran on his experience and the current war in Afghanistan. On the PBS Moyers & Company , Bill Moyers recently interviewed Kar ...

House GOP Moves to Act on Religion in Vets’ Funerals
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Honor guards are prohibited from participating in religious rituals except as requested by families. Problems arose in Houston when the cemetery director misinterpreted this law to prohibit all religious speec ...

Mixed Memories of Memorial Day
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Last week was Memorial Day, but if you are like me your memories of the day are fraught with colorful childhood parades but also with horrors filled with sadness. It makes one wish for the power to short-circu ...

Former Marine Exposes Vet Suicide Epidemic
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

About 18 veterans kill themselves each day. For  Newsweek Magazine ,  Andrew Swofford  writes: About 18 veterans kill themselves each day. Thousands from the current ...

VIDEO: Images from NATO Protests in Chicago
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Several thousand protesters spent five hours peacefully chanting, singing and marching against war. At the end, nearly 40 young veterans dramatically took their military medals and ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama Budget: National Debt Will Be $1 Trillion Higher In A Decade Than First Forecast President Obama on Monday unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan that seeks to pump billions of dollars into the economy while raising taxe ...

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 ...

U.S. Veterans Show Solidarity With Iraqi Restaurant
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

After vandals threw a 20-pound rock through the window of an Iraqi restaurant in Lowell, Mass., its owners, overwhelmed with fear at this unwarranted hate crime, came close to shutting its doors permanently. T ...

Iraq: It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The war in Iraq was fundamentally a war of choice, and it was the wrong choice. My son Jack was bo ...

The War is Over. We're All Responsible.
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

A society in which the basic needs of people are met and they feel an ownership stake in their country will recover. It’s up to us. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said about ...

The war is over. Welcome home.
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

To loud applause, the president declared: "We’re here to mark a historic moment in the life of our country and our military. For nearly nine years, our nation has been at war in Iraq. … So as your command ...

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Policy-Making Billionaires OVER the past 30 years, as the gap between wealthy and poor grew ever wider, total phi ...

Be A Good Neighbor to a Veteran
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

You might call yourself a pacifist, a just-war theorist, a pragmatist, a dove or a hawk but today (and every day), you should be a good neighbor to a veteran. The other week duri ...

When Soldiers Become Saints
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 1:04am | Type: Blog

It is fascinating — even providential — that Veterans Day falls on a church holiday that remembers one of the first “Soldier Saints” – one of the historic Christian conscientious objectors to war. As St. Marti ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:16am | Type: Blog

[caption id="attachment_36538" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, D.C. Image via Wiki Commons."][/caption] ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Ahmed Wali Karzai. Veterans. NATO.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to ...

The Debt Ceiling Play: My 'CliffsNotes' Version
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | 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 ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 ou ...

The War Must Not Go On!
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama made his long-awaited announcement on beginning withdrawal of the 103,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Last evening, President Obama made his long-a ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

News Flash Paul Ryan: This is Mass Unemployment, Not a Siesta
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the social safety net has helped more Americans than any time in a generation. So why are so many people trying to tear it to shreds?</p> In the past ...

A Mother's Day for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war had ended. Julia Ward H ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

Video: Moby and MoveOn Protest Budget Cuts Against the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/13/video-moby-and-moveon-protest-budget-cuts-against-the-poor/" target="_self"></a>As artist and musician Moby states at the begin ...

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Silent Betrayal of our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. Forty-three years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, ...

Prayer of the Day: For the People of Japan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

God, we lift up the people of Japan in these turbulent times. May recovery be swift and complete after this earthquake and tsunami. We ask for a restoration of both those affected and their homes. ...

Report From Afghanistan: The Human Toll of Obama's 'Good War'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/a-report-from-afghanistan-the-human-toll-of-obamas-good-war/" target="_self"></a>In December, as the United States entered the ...

I Was Attacked During Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech Yesterday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/17/i-was-attacked-during-secretary-hilary-clintons-speech-yesterday/" target="_self"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

Cast Off the Stupor of Indifference
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today I want to focus on the people of Egypt -- those million or more who have gathered in Tahrir Square, both as a united, insistent, revolutionary body, and as individuals -- professors and bake ...

Our Military Spending and Spiritual Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In Tuesday evening's generally well-received State of the Union speech, President Obama appealed to the center with talk of reducing the deficit and controlling federal spending. ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

Who Will Listen to the Voices of Veterans Calling for Peace?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police officers at the White House gates. I watched helplessly as the snow fell on stubborn veterans and police offi ...

Preaching on Truth and Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This series written by Logan Mehl-Laituri for God's Politics focuses on selective c ...

A Proper 29 Way to Respond to the War in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

How are we to respond as people of faith to the recent revelation that more than 66,000 civilians have died in our two wars? How are we to respond as people of faith to the recent ...

This Veterans Day, Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. This weekend, military veterans are ...

Truth Commission on Conscience in War Gathers in D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a></p> This week, the Truth Commission on ...

Veterans' Suicides and Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the fourth installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...