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White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

Resources on Christian and Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 03/02/2011 - 10:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors David Cortright writes in his article in th David Cortright writes in his article in the M ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Khartoum's Continued Insults to Sudan's Many Injuries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

of the 2.6 million Darfuris who have been forced from their home villages into camps . (Darfuris belonging ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

30 Years of Zimbabwean Independence: Promises of Hope and 'Acts of Madness'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago on April 18<sup>th</sup>, Zimbabwe celebrated independence and started a new chapter in its political history, full of promise and hope. Thirty years ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Today, April 19, is the 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of domestic terrorism -- the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building -- which killed 168 people, many of th ...

Beyond Anti-War: Nonviolence in Our Neighborhoods
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscience. This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscienc ...

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.< ...

Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What is the Tea Party position on war?</p> What is the Tea Party position on war? While we witness crowds gathering in the name of the Boston Tea Party protest against t ...

Obama's 'Nuclear Spring'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Monday and Tuesday, President Obama hosted leaders from 46 other countries at a summit on nuclear weapons, focused on the threat of terrorists getting nuclear material. Monday and ...

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 ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

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 ...

Africa's 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was watching the news coverage on the meeting of world leaders in Washington hosted by President Obama on reducing nuclear weapons and ensuring that these do not get into the hands of terrorists ...

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) ...

Tragic Anniversaries and Embodying Resurrection Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week is a confluence of anniversaries. April 7 was the 16<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda where more than 800,000 died in a few days. This wee ...

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 ...

Nonviolence: What About Hitler?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In any in-depth conversation about the effectiveness of nonviolence as a strategy, this question always comes up: Would these nonviolent strategies have worked against the Nazis? ...

A Good START: Reducing the Idolatry of Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The decades-long struggle to first reduce and then abolish nuclear weapons achieved two major goals this week that we can celebrate.</p> The decades-long struggle to first r ...

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 ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

What Our New Nuclear Policy Really Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The new U.S. The new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is a significant step toward reducing nuclear dangers, advancing global nonproliferation norms, and facilitating further red ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

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 ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

said, for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Mt. 26:52). I would challenge all ... said, for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Mt. 26:52). I would challenge all ...

Christians, Jews, and Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

this is salvation. Let us be restored to grace. Happy Easter Read Galations 3:26-29. Those Read Galations 3:26-29. Those who are baptized into Christ are Abraham's seed. The scripture also ... this is salvation. Let us be restored to grace. Happy Easter Read Galations 3:26-29. Those Read ...

'Jesus Never Stopped Being a Faithful Jew'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As we approach the climax of Holy Week, James Carroll offers <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/03/29/preach_peace_in_holy_week/">an appropriate cau ...

'Christian' Militias and Tavis Smiley's MLK Documentary
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many are wondering of what to make of the shameful association of the word "Christian" with "militia." Understandably, with Christianity being associated with something so anti-Jesus, one m ...

Mennonite College Follows First Playing of National Anthem with St. Francis' Peace Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From the beginning, <a href="../2010/03/01/mennonite-college-will-now-play-national-anthem-before-sporting-events/">I opposed Goshen's landmark decision </a>to play the national anth ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

Attempting to Understand Clergy Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will not go away. Even the Pope himself is not immune. The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will n ...

A New START Toward Nuclear Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When word came down last Friday that the U.S. and Russia would sign a new strategic arms reduction treaty (START), Ana Marie Cox posted this message to her 1.5 million twitter followers:</p> ...

'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 ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

live by the sword will die by the sword" (Matthew 26:52). This is the week he contrasted his ... and on that basis concluded that it's best to live by the sword after all (Matt. 26:52). Jesus hasn't ... (Matthew 26:52). Jesus also expressed acceptance of the need to have a sword, and even the fact ...

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 ...

Glenn Beck on Martin Luther King and Gandhi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Given Glenn Beck's threat that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation-to-dialogue-stands/">"the hammer is coming,"< ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

We All Share Responsibility for Going to War -- and for Stopping It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Christian-Peace-Witness-for/7990927_btnkC#519468687_JHFYM"></a>A comment on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2 ...

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

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/19/jon-stewart-how-oscar-romero-got-disappeared-by-right-wingers-for-the-second-time/"></a>Jon Stewart has pointed out that one of the revis ...

A Major Victory for the Peace Movement Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

corinthians 15, particularly verses 24-26). Of course this is only partly inaugurated, Jesus' ... corinthians 15, particularly verses 24-26). Of course this is only partly inaugurated, Jesus' ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

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 ...