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MLK and the "Progressive Hunter"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by st ...

A Crucial Time for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With only 88 days left until the independence referendum in southern Sudan -- unless it is delayed by Khartoum's foot-dragging tactics -- the eyes of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" ...

Who's Holding Back U.S. Aid to Haiti?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m. a violent and terrifying storm erupted over <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince, Haiti</a>. ...

Our Righteous Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is quite a strong tradition in the Old Testament of complaining to God about injustice and suffering. It's lamenting -- and we should perhaps reclaim this part of our tradition. ...

Securing Soldiers' Rights to 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>Last March I testified at the <a href="http://conscienceinwar.org/2010/07/24/log ...

"Oh Say Can You See": Learning to Disagree in Love (Part I)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The two authors of this blog post have been having a good conversation ov ...

"Oh Say Can You See": Shane Claiborne and Jim Brenneman's Email Exchange (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Jim Br ...

Peace or Partisanship? New START Reaches a Critical Juncture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for progress few and far between. Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for p ...

A Peace Movement Victory Against Drones
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: </em><em>Every once in a while there is a landmark court case for the cause of freedom and just ...

Give 60 Seconds of Prayer for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer three times. Sixty seconds. One minute. On September 21, 2010, U.N. It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer thr ...

It Didn't Happen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It didn't happen. The threat of a pastor from a very small Florida church to burn Qurans and start "International Burn a Koran Day," was not carried out. It didn� ...

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 ...

What Have We Learned Since 9/11?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11. This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11. It is with pain and sadness that we remember the day the ...

Quran Burning is a Sacrilegious Slap in the Face of Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The extremes now seem to dictate the political discourse -- extremists in caves who invoke their distorted brand of Muslim faith as they murder innocent people; and extremists in a Florida church w ...

Reclaiming Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy: Rejecting the Cup of Bitterness of Hate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Last weekend, the nation had an opportunity to reflect, commemorate, and celebrate the March on Washington and Dr. Last weekend, the n ...

Hope for the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100902-hopeforholyland.jpg"></a>Two years ago, as I listened to the escalating rhetoric of hate in the international media, I became haunted ...

Americans Lost Freedom in Iraq: D
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As you read this post, please understand, I'm not a pacifist. I was raised in a politically conservative family. My dad is a proud WWII vet. My only brother retired from the U.S. Air Force. ...

On Glenn Beck and the Restoring Honor Rally (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When the nation is the object of one's highest concern; when national documents are considered holy scripture; when the nation's founders and historical figures are lifted to the status of demi-god ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

What Constitutes Sacred Space at Ground Zero?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Close to nine years after the attacks on September 11, Lower Manhattan remains plagued by the sight of a gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood. Close to nine years after th ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Social Justice Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This coming Saturday, August 28 will mark the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." Glenn Beck has chosen this d ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: Time to Break the Silence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note</em></strong><em>: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God's Politics will feature a series of p ...

Loving in Spirit and in Truth: In Support of the Cordoba House (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a courageous and intelligent woman. Born in Somalia, she immigrated to the Netherlands in 1992. She served in the Dutch parliament from 2003- 2006. Ayaan Hi ...

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 ...

Non-Cooperation with Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. With monsoon moisture in the air and faint st ...

No Sense in Washington About Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The countdown is on to next year's independence referendum in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/15/sudanese-churches-four-key-concerns-ahead-of-troubled-elections-and-four-ways-we-can-help/&qu ...

Living By Faith in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As reflection on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/09/the-dangers-of-just-peacemaking/">killing of ten aid workers</a> from the International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Afghanist ...

The Dangers of Just Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the basic needs of people are met. This need includes health care. Just peace theory holds that peace can only come when the ...

'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

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 ...

Seeking Peace Among the Peoples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, Christian leaders and lay persons from all walks of life and just about every denominational body came together for the <a href="http://www.peace2010.net/">Peace Among the Peoples ...

Has Hate Corrupted the Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 ...

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 ...

Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The last month has seen six Australian soldiers killed in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/">Afghanistan</a>, bringing Australia's total to 17. ...

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 ...

World-Renowned Peacemaker Art Gish Dies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100729-artgish.jpg"></a>Art and Peggy Gish are career peace, civil rights, and human rights activists who embody the motto of their primary a ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Wikileaks, Truth Tellers, and a Crisis of Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been staying with friends over the summer as I make my way slowly to North Carolina for divinity school, and I have been enjoying a few luxuries that I'm not used to, like television. ...

Scary Hope: The Nuclear Cinema of Summer 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Back in the late '90s, when Y2K fears were running rampant, apocalyptic fantasies like <em>Armageddon </em>and <em>End of Days</em> burned up the box office. ...

What Does Justice Look Like in Cambodia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the first time, a senior Khmer Rouge commander has been found guilty of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/06/does-grace-abound-to-the-chief-of-torturers/">crimes against humanity in Cam ...

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 ...

A Rare Opportunity for Direct Civil Disobedience in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/politics/24immig.html">recent passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070</a>, scheduled to go into effect on July 29, those of us ...

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 ...

Mark Twain's Radical Pacifism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100712-marktwain.jpg"></a>Mark Twain's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nonviolence/">antiwar leanings</a> are al ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

God gets at us in the funniest of ways. Just this week the Spirit stirred in me while reading an interview with one of my heroes, Vandana Shiva. The reporter from <em>YES! G ...

Why Christianity and July 4th May Be Compatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...