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India's 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Many in India and across the world saw last week's hostage situation as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/weekinreview/30giridharadas.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=india%209/11&a ...

A Chance to Change Our Failed War on Drugs in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Add this <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/23/AR2008112302041.html">op-ed from yesterday's <em>Washington Post</em></a> to the list of ...

Addicted to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neglected baby boy away from his crackhead mother and made him her own. Twelve years ago our dear friend Julia took a badly neg ...

Sacred Pilgrimages to the School of the Americas and El Salvador
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last spring, I made a pilgrimage to rural El Salvador to learn about the violence that had occurred there during the U.S-supported <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadoran_Civil_War&qu ...

Obama's Promise to Close Guantanamo and the Value of Your Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | 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 ...

Just Peacemaking and Counterinsurgency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).</p> Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but ...

Our Children's 'Audacity of Hope'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord (audacity of hope, Barack Obama, change, Children, Educatio ...

A Pro-Lifer Who Welcomes the Obama Presidency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In many situations I'm hesitant to use the term "pro-life," as for a lot of people it really means nothing more than "anti-abortion." To be pro-life should mean doing all that one can ...

Keeping the 'Consistent' in 'Consistent Ethic of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost one of her great and humble leaders, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.</p> Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost ...

A Pastor's Brother Killed in the Colombian Army's Grotesque Fraud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>If no one speaks out, the violence is going to continue. Someone has to give voice to what is hidden. If no one speaks out, the violence is going to c ...

Don't Take the Bush-Obama Handshake for Granted
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and cheats. Entire books were created out of thin air to defame opponents. The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and ...

'Yes Men' Distribute Fake New York Times Declaring 'Iraq War Ends'!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081112-yes-men.jpg"></a>Eating scrolls, taking a stroll around the city naked, cooking food over dung, marrying a prostitut ...

Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, includ ...

An Open Door For Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Yesterday's election represents a watershed moment in the life and history of our country. Yesterday's election represents a watershed moment in the life and history of ...

A Consistent Ethic of Life from the Unborn to Baghdad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Two pictures rotating on my laptop's screen-saver instantaneously rotate in my mind each time I hear a candidate or a preacher address the "value of human life."</p> ...

What Would Yoder Do?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | 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 ...

Killed for 'Preaching Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A short thought to follow up on <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3206">Valerie Elverton-Dixon's tribute to Gayle Williams</a>, the aid worker gunned down by ...

A Tribute to Gayle Williams, Christian Martyr
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Life is a gift.</p> Life is a gift. It is a gift from God, creation, nature, father, and especially mother. It is a gift in the sense of the pure gift, the gift that as ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

The Sad Truth about the Surge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In a recent conversation I had about the coming election, a friend reiterated the campaign rhetoric that the "surge" in Iraq has worked, and that Barack Obama ought to admit that John McCain was ri ...

Audio: Adam Hamilton on How His Megachurch Does Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Pastor Adam Hamilton talks about how his <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2811">suburban megachurch</a> engages issues of social justice in the education system of their ...

Sept. 11 Families Join Nonviolence Efforts in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Please, spread the message: There is not only violence in Iraq, there is something more -- people are building peace and seeking real change. Please, ...

VP Debate's Blind Spots on Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In last week's debate, Gwen Ifill, Sen. Biden, and Gov. In last week's debate, Gwen Ifill, Sen. Biden, and Gov. Palin all got it part wrong on Darfur: they implied that ...

Paul Newman's Lesser-Known Legacy
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the passing of Hollywood legend Paul Newman, there is a significant legacy that many in the mainstream media are unaware of. With the passing of Hollywood legend P ...

A Colombian Peacemaker's 'Option for Civil Resistance'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We are deeply concerned. We are deeply concerned. Attempts are being made to link Héctor Mondragón to the FARC guerilla movement in Colombia's paper of record, ...

Beyond Just War Theory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Just War Theory is a mode of analysis that lists criteria by which war may be considered righteous before, during and after its execution. Just War Theory is a mode of analysis th ...

Ten Reasons Why This Election Should Be About Issues and Not Personalities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

The presidential tickets in this election on both sides of the aisle have lots of "personality;" some of the candidates have even been referred to as "rock stars." John McCain's campa ...

The Church's Role in the Georgia-Russia Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The recent Georgia-Russia mini-war in and around South Ossetia was definitely not a religious war, but it serves as a reminder that religious identity doesn't even come in third place when issues ...

Reflecting on Our Response to 9/11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Seven years ago this morning, airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania. Seven years ago this morning, airplanes wer ...

Where Wars Come From
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nations. Peace is a respectful, harmonious, and cooperative relationship between groups and nati ...

Charlie Wilson's Warning
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Coinciding with the visit of a dear friend who's spent the past few years working in Afghanistan for both development NGOs and (non-U.S.) government agencies, the DVD of Charlie Wilson's War ...

An International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9).</em></p> "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they s ...

Rand: Solution to Terrorism Is Not Military
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Some compelling quotes from a recent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902041.html">Rand Corp. Some compelling quot ...

Four Iraqi Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the unique opportunity of meeting with four Iraqi evangelicals at a conference in a country near Iraq. They were young church leaders. Recently, I had the unique o ...

A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I participated in a conference call based on a report from The Task Force For A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq. Recently, I participated in a conference call based on ...

Good News from Colombia: Rescue of FARC Hostages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Its been months since I&acute;ve written anything about the current events in Colombia. But I can't let "the hug the country has been waiting for" slip by without comment.</p> ...

The Bible is Neither Conservative or Liberal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<em>Beliefnet invited Jim Wallis for a <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/blogalogue/">"blogalogue"</a> with David Klinghoffer, author of </em>How Would God Vote? ...

'Milosevic On Trial' (interview by Becky Garrison)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Following is an interview with Michael Christoffersen, director of <I>Milosevic On Trial,</I> a documentary I watched at the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05 ...

'Come Let Us Reason' with Iran
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

On May 20, <a href="http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1210668683139&amp;pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull"><em>The Jerusalem Post</em></a> reported that "a s ...

Diplomacy = Hitler Appeaser?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

President Bush's remarks, made last week in Israel, suggesting that anyone who wishes to talk with a violent enemy is the contemporary equivalent of a Hitler appeaser, are so wide of the mark, patr ...

Body of War's All-Star Soundtrack
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>My fingers have been tapping out of control for more than a month and a half now. Don't worry, though -- I am not falling to the symptoms of <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitic ...

Holding 9/11's Emotions Up to the Light of God
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

All of us remember this day, where we were when we heard the news, our feelings, our fears. All of us remember this day, where we were when we heard the news, our feelings, our fe ...

'Pray the Devil Back to Hell'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>The following is an interview with Abigail Disney, producer of the documentary <A href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the Devil Back to Hell</A>, which rec ...

Video: Creative Anti-War Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Here is a brilliant video from an action around the 5th anniversary of the war ... Yes Lord, more holy mischief! <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da6HL3j2AHg">Watch it:</a></p& ...

Caricatures and Cliches
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Slavin How many of your friends and neighbors know, as Barbara Slavin writes in Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies, that during the 19 ...

Easter in Iraq - The War Goes On
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>Five weeks ago, we began <a href=&qu ...

Beyond Eye for an Eye
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>In the <I>Washington Post</I> and throughout the blogosphere, debates rage about the recent spate of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, each side condemning with righteous indigna ...

Good Friday at Lockheed Martin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><P>In our little circles, we've been ...

Easter's Challenge to Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> Jesus came w ...

Echoes of Apartheid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> I was conscr ...