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Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Can Petraeus Push the U.S. Toward Peace in the Middle East?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite some attempts to force it back. The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite s ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599051510_WL6dK"></a>Several sources have recommended <a href="http://mediamatt ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.</p> ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

and unseasonably warm weather, the mood here in southern West Virginia is subdued. As of Tuesday afternoon, 25 men ... be charged with 25 counts of negligent homicide. And if someone higher up gave the order that those safety ...

Ahead of Sudan Vote, Concern over Interference by Lord's Resistance Army
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>The murderous regime in Khartoum is showing its true colors again. While they parade and pretend to be preparing for fair election ...

Why Obama Needs an Ambassador for International Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Religious persecution remains a major problem around the world, whether by repressive governments or by one faith against another. A position of U.S. Religious persecution remains ...

Murder and Militant Songs Betray Mandela's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As millions of Christians celebrated Easter this past weekend, their celebrations were interrupted by events in South Africa and Zimbabwe that reinforced the relevance of the message of Easter for ...

(Some) Palestinians Allowed to Travel to Jerusalem for Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Israeli Embassy has confirmed this afternoon with Sojourners that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/30/a-palm-sunday-procession-to-jerusalem-ends-in-arrests-including-the-donkey/">trave ...

'God Will Not Hear You': Death Threat to a Colombian Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"God will not hear you," the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1004&amp;article=a-paramilitary-death-threat&amp;1004_webextra=Extended%20 ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

Jon Stewart: 'How Oscar Romero Got Disappeared by Right-Wingers...for the Second Time'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

and it could pass quietly in the night. [Start at 2:25 to skip some opening potty humor and go straight ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>My alarm went off at 5 a.m. today. As I sat up and unzipped my sleeping bag, a gust of Oklahoma wind bitterly ushered me into a new day. Drops of rain splashed my face, extinguishing the last few embe ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

International Women's Day: 'Whom God Hath Made Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. While here in the United States we might have a f ...

The Police Motorcade: A Sign of Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over the past few days, I've had the privilege of representing <a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine">Sojourners magazine</a> at the annual <a title="Faith and Polit ...

What Does the Civil Rights Movement Have to Do With Me?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

This weekend I have the privilege of representing <a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine"><em>Sojourners</em> magazine</a> at the annual <a title="Faith and Politics In ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

25:18, 19 & 33, Corinthians 11:7 - 9, Corinthians 14:34 - 35, Ephesians 5:22 - 25 (my favorite), ... (this one is especially screwed up), Leviticus 12:5 (oh, wait, I guess this one is worse...), Job 25 ... 25:18, 19 & 33, Corinthians 11:7 - 9, Corinthians 14:34 - 35, Ephesians 5:22 - 25 (my favorite), ...

We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/"></a>It is <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/participate-in-death-penalty-awareness-week/page.do?id=1641094&quo ...

A Victory for Justice in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last Wednesday morning I awoke with butterflies in my stomach, as did many of my <a href="http://asjhonduras.com">Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa</a> colleagu ...

Justice on Trial in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Forty-one months ago, almost to the day, I was at my desk in the office of the Honduran Christian justice organization Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa (Association for a More J ...

Palestinian Christians, Israeli Allies, and Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a> <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/justice/palestinian-ch ...

Beyond Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religiou ...

A Profound Choice for Israel and the World's Jews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598931103_ji8fs"></a>I've just returned to the U.S. following an exhilarating week ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

of the Greek, and was one of 25 people included in a book published by Cambridge University highlighting the 25 people with highest IQs in the world. We disagreed on a position on the free will-election ...

Refugees: North Korea's Seeds of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. Basic freedoms -- such as the freedom o ...

Human Rights in China: Google and Gao Zhisheng
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Google's vow to pull out of China last month was partly based on the discovery that human rights activists' Gmail accounts had been hacked into, purportedly by Chinese intelligence. As a hum ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

Family Research Council: Homosexual Behavior Should Be Criminalized in America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The debate rages on--in the military as well as the church. What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The deb ...

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast">spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast</a> this morning, with a plea for c ...

Justice for Vieques
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

of Puerto Rico. Children on Vieques are 25 percent more likely to die in infancy, and rare diseases like ...

Israeli Peacemakers' Challenge to Americans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>We have spoken with many Palestinians in the West Bank and in East ...

50 Years Later: From a Sit-in to a Civil Rights Museum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

was desegregated on July 25, 1960. To commemorate the 50 th anniversary of this seminal event, ...

More Religion, Less Juvenile Crime
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

John J. DiIulio Jr. The case for faith, not prison, to prevent youth crime. From 1985 to 1994, the rates at wh ...

Israel and Palestine: People Aren't the Enemy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Friday night we were the guests of a synagogue in West Jerusalem. It was beautiful to see the room full of Jewish families honoring God in song, reading, silence, and prayer. Frid ...

Americans Listening to Palestinians Listening to Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt that we couldn't take much more. What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt tha ...

Five Observations from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folk ...

What Would Jesus Do in Palestine?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598941252_ZXPyp"></a>It was 3 a.m. when they came barreling into town -- Israeli jeeps ...

MLK and the Supreme Court: Why Campaign Finance Reform is a Civil Rights Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/Washington-DC/9784402_5Kps2#663712345_UfZ3C"></a>This week started off by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and is ending with a ...

Clear Benchmarks for Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Darfur-Protest-2006/10213948_CNDRU#704006756_mb46L"></a>As many of us know with New Year's resolutions, the on ...