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Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.</p> Elections -- indeed the democratic process i ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...

Demand an Exit Strategy for Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In a March <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/24/60minutes/main4890687.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody">interview</a> with <em>60 Minutes</em>, President Obama ...

Listening to the Women of Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Few biblical figures stand out for their bravery as Esther does. Faced with a looming order for the systematic extermination of her people, she risked her life and broke the silence. ...

Arab Christians Getting Overdue Recognition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was glad to see Daoud <a href="../2009/06/05/obama-reaches-out-to-palestinian-christians/">Kuttab's recent post on Obama and Arab Christians</a>. I wa ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

Combatants for Peace: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is <a href="http://www.combatantsforpeace.org/">Combatants for Peace</a>, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli ...

Remembering Stories: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When President Obama was giving his speech in Cairo, I was just across the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and caught a glimpse on a corner store TV, the translation making it hard to hear his words. ...

Obama Reaches Out to Palestinian Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>It is undeniable that the Palestinian people - Muslim and Christians - have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years they have endured the pain of dislocation. ...

Abu Ghraib: Don't Be Afraid of the Truth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. Army's report on the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. He was then forced into retirement.</p> Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. ...

Abortion: Conversations, Not Killings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Should We Tolerate Legalized Prostitution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week has been eventful in Australia. This week has been eventful in Australia. At the launch of The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal -- a new fund-raising initiative - ...

My Mama in Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mounta ...

The Myth of Holy War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, like <a href="../2009/05/22/was-iraq-a-holy-war/">Aaron Taylor</a> before me, noticed the <a href="http://men.style.com/gq/features/landing?id=content_9217"><em>G ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

Memorial Day: After the Parades and Picnics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Only the dead have seen the end of war." "Only the dead have seen the end of war." The better angels of m ...

Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice. In this hour, amon ...

Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea ...

Why You Need to Know Vincent Chin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'll be honest. I get timid writing these kind of posts. I'm scared of being labeled an angry or bitter Asian. I'm scared of the emails that come in. I'm scared of being de-invit ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...

Mother's Peace Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water o ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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. ...

Why I Got Arrested on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Good" Friday was real good this year. We remembered Jesus, and we remembered Jesus disguised in the "least of these" -- those who continue to be tortured, spit on, slapped, insul ...

The Columbine Killings and the Convenience of Dehumanization
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There was <a title="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/17/columbine-massacre-gun-crime-us" href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/17/columbine-massacre-gun-crime-us">a s ...

Wheels of Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Someone once said that once the wheels of change are in motion, they can't be stopped; it's as if once the sun starts to rise, there is no going back into the night. Som ...

Torture: A Crime that Requires a Verdict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Dear President Obama,</p> Dear President Obama, Thank you for making the four memos approving of and describing the torture done to children of God in our name public ev ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

Video: The Easter Bunny Asks You to Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Did you have a good Easter weekend? If you were in Washington D.C. for the holiday, you may have noticed a different kind of Easter Bunny hanging around the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

The Day MLK Died
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The new Life.com features <a href="http://www.life.com/image/51419416/in-gallery/24651">a collection of never-before-published photos</a> of the events in the hours immediately following ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Gangs, Nations: Same Thing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>In </em>Sojourners<em>' April issue, Tierra Neuva gang chaplain Chris Hoke <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0904&amp;artic ...

Pentecostalism's Forgotten Nonviolent Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon waiting for the Society for Pentecostal Studies conference to start. It's nice to have a day to myself. ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

Three Priorities for Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make. In the ninth year of the 21st century, and on my own 46th birthday, I may be the last activist left in America that has never penned a blog. I have a ...

'Shooting and Crying': Israeli Soldiers Tell Their Gaza War Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=sojomail.display&amp;issue=090320">last week's SojoMail</a>, the quote of the week was from an Israeli squad leader desc ...

Lent Devotional: The Triumphal Entry and the Poor People's Campaign Mule Train
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this Lenten season <a href="http://www.povertyinitiative.org/">The Poverty Initiative</a> is inviting you to join us as we reflect on the last week in the life of Jesus and the las ...

Colombian Pastor Still Missing, Family Threatened
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes Thanks for the update, ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...

Through Lenten Darkness, Rays of God's Grace in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The sad news from Zimbabwe continues The sad news from Zimbabwe continues (activist, Africa, Churches, farm invasions, global issues, God's Politics, Grace, Hope, Hum ...

Watchmen: A Clone without a Soul
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine a world in which a human being developed godlike powers and put them to military use. War might soon be a thing of the past. Imagine this world also tolerating people who dress up in costume ...

Palestinian and Israeli Former Fighters Unite for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ishmael and Isaac, brothers of the same father and different mothers, together buried their father Abraham. Esau and Jacob, twin brother and rivals, reconciled. Ishmael and Isaac, ...

Coming Clean: A Confession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make.</p> I have a confession to make. Some of my friends and colleagues are already fully appraised of what I am about to say. But for many other ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...

Remembering Christian Peacemaker Tom Fox on the Anniversary of His Death in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Let's listen in now to the Marine Corps Band," the CNN commentator says. The camera pans across the Washington Mall. People, as far as the eye can see, waiting for the historic moment, ...

New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...