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The Elections You May Not Have Noticed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Most of the country probably didn't notice. Most of the country probably didn't notice. Unless you live in Virginia, New Jersey, a couple areas in New York, or maybe ev ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

Global Warming's Six Americas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Climate Week is upon us, and as world leaders gather at the UN and the G-20 to nibble away at the problem of international cooperation to address the issue, popular American responses seem to veer ...

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Forty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave the <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream" ...

Honoring the Greatest Commitment of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of "secularists" who w ...

Three Responses to a Conservative Critic on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just received this:</p> Just received this: I am one of the conservative Christians you refer to in your letter. I did not and still do not support President Obama alt ...

We Must Act on Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.</p> As a nation, we are engaged ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

Democracy is the Real Victim in Honduras' Coup
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV/1/#580088483_H6nJA-A-LB"></a>On the morning of June 28, Honduran President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya was awoke ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates. I ...

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 ...

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 ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Sotomayor: She Deserves Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama has electrified the Latino community in America. The nomination of Sonia Soto ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

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" ...

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 ...

Tax Day Wish: Prophetic Voices on Taxes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15?</p> Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15? In 2001, President Bush ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, before the budget vote, I talked with several senators on the phone as they were about to cast their vote. The ones I spoke to were friends, and I told them that I was praying for them. ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

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 ...

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. ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

Two Kinds of Economic Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> I just watched President Obama's Indiana speech and town ha ...

On the Corruption of a Young Evangelical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&amp;pageId=84943">Philis Schlafly, a long time leader of the Religious Right</a> and known for her opposition to the Equal ...

'Yes, We Did' - But What Will We Do Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I layered my clothing and stepped out into the biting pre-dawn chill, and as my friends and I walked the three miles down to the Mall and stood for hours feeling our toes go numb, I found it all ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

Hate Crimes, Racist Incidents Escalate After Obama's Election
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/photos/8/85a10c0c-9e7b-4486-8061-23d8ed3a444b.html?SITE=ALANN&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"></a></p> ...

Obama's Promise to Close Guantanamo and the Value of Your Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being elected, promised to close Guantanamo Bay. President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being electe ...

Post-racial? No, Not Yet -- So Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I shed tears last night as I stood with thousands in Chicago's Grant Park cheering our new President-elect Obama, contrasting that with crowds' hatred and bigotry I experiences more than 40 years a ...

I Am Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Whenever John McCain and Sarah Palin would ask: "Who is Barack Obama?" I would cringe. The implication to me was pretty clear. Obama is an outsider. Obama is not your typical American. ...

As the World Watches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Good morning! After an extensive media coverage of the U.S. elections, it was great to wake up to history! Good morning! After an extensive media coverage of the U.S. elections, i ...

Thrilled at Last to Be Thrilled to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

At 6:30 a.m., my 7-year-old daughter wakes me. "Mommy! Is it time to vote?"</p> At 6:30 a.m., my 7-year-old daughter wakes me. "Mommy! Is it time to vote? ...

Still Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This weekend I found myself irritable, tired, and hungry. Not hungry for food, but with an ache in my spirit. A burdensome kind of discontent not easily soothed by quick fixes.</p> ...

Religion in the Race for the White House
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As part of my coverage of the <a href="http://www.aarweb.com">American Academy of Religion</a>'s annual meeting, I attended a day-long workshop titled "Religion in the Race for ...

My Prayer for Election Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. We should thank God for the m ...

Seeking Reconciliation Before and After the Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As the 2008 presidential campaign draws to a close, I've become increasingly less concerned about the specific outcome of election night and more concerned by what we will have positioned ourselves ...

Fighting Tears as the Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I have been fighting tears for the past few days. And as Tuesday draws closer it becomes harder and harder to keep those tears at bay. I have been fighting tears for the past few ...

Why Mavis is Voting
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I work in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of northwest Washington in a building called The Festival Center. I work in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of northwest Washington in a buil ...

What Would Yoder Do?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Since Mennonite theologian and ethicist John Howard Yoder's death in 1997, I have often wondered what he would have said about the events of these past eleven years. Since Me ...

Audio: Conversation with a Swing State Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Last week Jim Wallis sat down with Mike Slaughter to talk about the faith and politics of a swing state pastor. Last week Jim Wallis sat down with Mike Slaughter to talk about the ...

Confessions of an Alternative Voter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I'm pretty sure I have more sympathy for <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane and his treatment of what I'll call "alternative voting"</a> (pr ...

Jesus is not an Essene nor a Herodian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

If you care about peace, justice, the common good, poor people, the environment, genocide, war, peoples' health, human life or general wellbeing, come hell or high water, you are going to vote on N ...

Christian Voters Need to Reorient, not Disengage
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of honest and civil dialogue, I would like to both affirm and respectfully disagree with a few points made by <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane Claibor ...

Not Voting is Irresponsible, Not Less Responsible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear Shane,</p> Dear Shane, Your recent post is helpful, well-written, and - While I disagree, I very much While I disagree, I very much respect the viewpoi ...