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Aurora Worshippers Seek Solace, Guidance After Movie Theater Shooting
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Worshippers in Aurora, Colo., rocked by the July 20 mass shooting flocked to church Sunday, seeking solace within their faith communities. AURORA, Colo.—Worshippers in this city ...

Love Casts Out Fear
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Both times, I had to remind my students that sometimes churches get it wrong. All people are created in the image of God. Everyone is a child of God. God’s love brings understanding, reconciliation, and peace ...

What Makes a White, Middle-Class Man Kill?
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

We have all kinds of theories about inner city violence, gang murders and the like, but what about these “lone wolf” killers, many of whom have no prior record of criminal behavior at all? ...

A Public Service Announcement from a Coloradoan
Originally Posted: 07/21/2012 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

The staff at Sojourners contacted me and invited me to write something in response to what just happened. So, I'm not writing a blog. I'm providing a Public Service Announcement. ...

Colombian Indigenous Elders Try Alleged Guerrillas
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Indigenous leaders in Colombia's conflict-scarred southwest say they will put on trial before tribal elders four alleged leftist rebels they accuse of attacks on civilians. M ...

Lord Have Mercy: A Prayer for Colorado
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Loving God, Darkness has covered our nation and thick darkness has descended upon our people. Tragedy has clouded out the light. Shots rang out in Aurora, Colorado. Some people were wounded by gas and bullets. ...

Colorado Massacre Casualty Cheated Death in Toronto Mall Shooting Last Month
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Among the 12 moviegoers killed in the massacre in Aurora, Colo., early this morning was Jessica Ghawi, a aspiring young sportscaster from Texas who had narrowly missed being injured in another act of random violence — the shooting spree in a Toronto ...

Billy Graham's Team Prays with Colorado Shooting Victims, Families
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

According to Cathy Lynn Grossman in USAToday: Five chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team, already in Colorado and New Mexico ministering to victims of the ravaging wildfires, redeployed to Aur ...

Obama, Romney on Colorado Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney cancelled campaign events Friday in the wake of the unfolding tragedy in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater early today, killing at least ...

Even in the Midst of Violence and Tragedy, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

As a mother, I want to raise brave kids who hear that message and know it to their toes. Everything is going to be all right. Love wins, as they say. I want them to be people who know that there is a bigger pi ...

Afghanistan After America
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Will civil war hit Afghanistan when the U.S. leaves? Dexter Filkins, a former New York Times reporter who covered the war in Afghanistan, has a long and sobering but well ...

DRONE WATCH: Families Sue US for Drone Deaths
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

The families of 3 American citizens killed by drone strikes are suing administration officials. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union ...

BREAKING: Russia and China Veto UN Resolution on Syria
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

UN resolution on Syrian sanctions vetoed. Reported by the Washington Post : Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution threatening ...

Syria: "Spinning Out of Control"
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Following the deaths of senior officials in a bombing this morning, the violence is escalating in Syria. As more details of this morning’s bombing in Damascus are known, the casua ...

DRONE WATCH: Is There a Moral Case for Drones?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Point-counterpoint on whether there is a moral case for drones. Many discussions about the use of drones center on whether using drones is “moral,” that is, does it satisfy just w ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Pakistan Talk Drones
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

U.S. Pakistan talks on drones will resume this month. Talks between the U.S. and Pakistan on drone attacks will resume this month, including a visit by the head of Pakistan’s inte ...

Colombian Indigenous Peacemakers Put the "Active" in "Activist"
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Indigenous activists in Cauca, Colombia advocate to stop the spiral of violence in their area. In an Indigenous region of Colombia's Cauca province, activists armed with cere ...

Where Does the Syrian Conflict End?
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Dr. Josef Olmert asks if, as the Syrian conflict rages in the streets of Damascus, the end is near?   Dr. Josef Olmert  asks if, as the Syrian conflict rages in the streets ...

Class and War
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the most vulnerable by war. Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the mos ...

The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

National Conservative Christian radio host Kerby Anderson’s is attempting to rally his followers to thwart the Senate from ratifying the Arms Trade Treaty. There’s a famous maxim ...

Five Things You Should Know About Religious Violence in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Ongoing violence in Nigeria has exacerbated tensions between the country's Muslims and Christians. Nigeria has equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, and 92 percent of the country's population says ...

DRONE WATCH: The Drone Caucus
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Caucus in Congress advocates for drones. Members of Congress with common interests often create a caucus to advocate for that interest. Some have become permanent institutions – t ...

DRONE WATCH: Sea Drones
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. is sending "tiny underwater drones" to the Persian Gulf. Over the past several weeks, the U.S. has been expanding its military presence in the Persian Gulf ...

Reports: More Than 200 Dead in Syrian Attacks
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

According to Reuters, opposition forces in Syria are reporting that 220—mostly civilians—were killed by Syrian forces in the bloodiest day so far. According to Reuters , oppo ...

DRONE WATCH: Protecting Privacy From Drones
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Concerns are growing over the use of drones for domestic surveillance. Unpiloted drone aircraft are already being used for some purposes in the United States, and plans are being ...

DRONE WATCH: Medals for Drone Pilots?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

The Pentagon is considering awarding medals to drone pilots. The Washington Post reports: “ The Pentagon is considering awarding a Distinguished Warfare Medal to dro ...

Olympic Security: Londoners Lose Battle to Keep Missile Systems Off Their Roof
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

With the Olympics just a few weeks away, Time reports on the fight that has broken out over security for the Games. With the Olympics just a few weeks away, Time reports o ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Attacks Not Okayed By Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US says her government has not approved continuing drone strikes. The Pakistani newspaper DAWN reports that in an interview with CNN, Pakistan’s A ...

State Department: Release Pastor Nadarkhani
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

The State Deparment yesterday released a statement on the imprisonment of Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned for over 1000 days on charges of apostasy. ...

How Should U.S. Respond to Syrian Crisis?
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

From the Atlantic: "When it comes to Syria, this administration has a very elastic sense of time." The Atlantic 's national correspondent, Jeffrey Goldberg ...

DRONE WATCH: Just the Facts, Ma’am.
Originally Posted: 07/07/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Confusing details emerge of Friday's drone attack in Pakistan. The first news stories Friday afternoon (from AP and AFP) wrote of 4 suspected militants killed by two missiles ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Strike Kills 9 in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

A U.S. drone strike Friday afternoon killed 9 suspected militants. The Associated Press and Agence France Press  (via The Nation in Lahore, Pakistan) are reporting this af ...

DRONE WATCH: Who Selects the Targets?
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

U.S.-Pakistan talks focus on who controls the intelligence to select targets for drones. Talks between the U.S. and Pakistan that concluded with a U.S. apology for a mistaken airs ...

DRONE WATCH: The Drone Zone
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

The training of drone operators. Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent, writes in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine about the training of drone operators at H ...

Archbishop Tutu: End Sudanese Suffering Now
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes for CNN on his hopes for peace in Sudan and South Sudan. Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes for CNN on his hopes for peace in Sudan and Sout ...

DRONE WATCH: Expanding Drone Surveillance in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

stations operated by Navy SEALs would be doubled to eight from four.”   Also requested is “ "$2.6 ...

DRONE WATCH: Methodist Church in Britain Opposes Use of Drones
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed to ask the U.K. government urge the U.S. to stop using drones. The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed to ask that the U.K. gover ...

DRONE WATCH: Strike in Yemen
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

US drone strike in Yemen reported to kill 2-4 militants. The Associated Press reports a drone strike in Yemen earlier today:  " A Yemeni official says a suspected U.S ...

DRONE WATCH: It’s All About the Money
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

U.S. weapons manufacturers seek to export drones. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down and the Pentagon budget cuts likely, U.S. weapons manufacturers are looking fo ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Summary for June
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

A summary of U.S. drone strikes in June from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. One of the most respected sources of investigative reporting on drones is The Bureau of Invest ...

DRONE WATCH: Anti-drone Protests Growing
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Fifteen protestors arrested at Air National Guard base near Syracuse NY. As killing by drone continues, anti-drone groups organizing protests against the policy are growing. Last ...

DRONE WATCH: Sunday Drone Attack Kills Eight
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Drone attack on a house in Pakistan kills 8 suspected militants. The Associated Press reports U.S. missiles fired from a drone in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afgha ...

Jimmy Carter Tries to Pull the Log from America’s Eye
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Carter’s confessions to foreign leaders are not merely symbolic — as though he must search for a token American violation in order to get a foot in the door with those who perpetrate the really bad things. Des ...

Tensions Mount on Turkey-Syria Border
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Turkey said it was stationing antiaircraft batteries on the common border following the downing of one of its warplanes. The New York Times reports: "As diplomat ...

Ahmadi Muslim Leader Pushes Plight in Congress
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is persecuted around the world, but it has plenty of friends on Capitol Hill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined more than 20 House colleagues and at least one senator on June 27 a ...

DRONE WATCH: NGO Appeals For Drone Stop
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

Pakistan NGO appeals for stop to drone strikes so vaccinations can continue. The Pakistani newspaper DAWN reported this morning that the National Research and Development Foun ...

Nursing Trauma: How One Church is Going After Chicago’s Violence Epidemic
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

about Matthew 26:52) and if you want to stop the cycle you have to insert someone into the cycle ...

Toward an Evangelical Peace Movement
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Given the historical record, it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement — yet that’s exactly what’s happening. Bi ...

DRONE WATCH: Taliban Ban Polio Vaccinations Over Drones
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Taliban leader bans polio vaccinations, claiming health workers spy for the CIA. According to Guardian , a third Taliban leader has banned polio vaccinations in the area he ...

DRONE WATCH: For Many Pakistanis, 'USA' Means 'Drones'
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Pakistani attorney raises awareness of drone strikes through lawsuits on behalf of victims. In 2010, Shahzad Akbar, an attorney and founder of the Pakistani Foundation for Fundame ...