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U.S. Military Aid and the Paramilitaries Behind the Philippine Election Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

For many of us in the U.S., the sometimes vicious attack ads of last year's presidential election are more than just a recent memory. For many of us in the U.S., the sometime ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...

Jail Journal: The Boomerangs of Biblical Wrath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is part of the author&acute;s "jail journal," written in early 2004 while he was serving a 90-day sentence in Georgia for having "crossed the line" at Ft. ...

Huckabee Got it Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Wh ...

The Murphy Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse: Why We All Need Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The day the <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1127/1224259546533.html">Murphy Report</a> on clergy sexual abuse of children in Dublin, Ireland was recently release ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Afghanistan: Praying Our Part
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The decision has been made. The orders have been signed. The first wave of the 30,000 additional warriors heading to Afghanistan is scheduled to arrive before Christmas. The dec ...

Obama's Afghanistan Policy and Christian Political Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On the eve of the election last November, I wrote <a href="http://aarondtaylor.blogspot.com/2008/11/im-pro-life-christian-thats-why-im.html">a thinly-veiled endorsement of Barack Obama </a&g ...

Advent, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...

We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/02/we-needed-a-new-approach-in-afghanistan-and-this-isn't-it/"></a>The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghani ...

Equality in the Beautiful Image of God -- and the Ugliness of Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In every culture and in every part of the world, this injustice is present. What is the oldest injustice in the world?</p> In every culture and in every part of the world, ...

An Afghan Leader We Can Admire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The media coverage of Afghanistan focuses, on the one hand, on the evils of the Taliban and, on the other hand, on the necessi ...

Uniting to Eliminate Violence against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Some 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone th ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

Reduce the Danger of Nuclear War and Help Feed Hungry Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nowadays <em>everyone's</em> talking about nuclear disarmament. Nowadays everyone's talking about nuclear disarmament. The Queen of England , Geo ...

Can You Hear Them Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell ph ...

Dinesh D'Souza, the New Atheism, and Constantinian Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week at the Innovative Evangelism Conference, I got a chance to hear <a href="http://www.dineshdsouza.com/">Dinesh D'Souza</a> speak to a standing room only crowd. ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

Pentagon Blocks Release of Detainee Abuse Photos -- Obama Agrees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The release of photos of Americans supposedly treating imprisoned suspected terrorists badly has been <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/15/scotus.detainee.photos/index.html">blocked by the ...

Practicing Jesus' Third Way in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the hate speech that's surfacing in the public square these days, I've been asking myself how I can respond to such speech nonviolently. In the midst of ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316086371?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0316086371">< ...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When all you have is a hammer everything seems like a nail. No famous line more aptly applies to the president's current dilemma of seeking the best solution for Afghanistan. ...

For God and Country (in that Order)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nobody today will be able to celebrate our many veterans without the <a href="http://www.google.com/news/more?pz=1&amp;cf=all&amp;ncl=dGVEwVrxusKklQMKSmmL9hfvxDoyM&amp;topic=h">memo ...

More Walls Need to Fall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598690495_zMVcR"></a>As we celebrate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, let us reflec ...

Beat the Defense Budget into a Plowshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Almost exactly 4 years ago, more than 100 faith leaders from around the country went to jail together as we prayed for a moral budget and lamented the current one. Almost exactly ...

Will Violence Have the Last Word at Fort Hood?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of Ft. Hood, TX. Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of F ...

Afghanistan: Women and Children First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pacifist as president or that Gen. It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pa ...

Fort Hood Shootings and the Prophetic 'IF'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One reader wrote me to ask: " "What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public's perception of Islam?" That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to pr ...

Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Why Clint Eastwood Can be Trusted with Mandela (and Why Glenn Beck Can't be Trusted with MLK)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's that time of year again -- you know, when Clint Eastwood releases a trailer for a movie that looks fascinating and completely different from the last thing he did, and your trio of reactions ...

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Jewish American and Palestinian Nonviolence Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jon Stewart courageously hosted an American Jewish woman (<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/09/a-jewish-american-advocate-against-the-injustice-of-occupation/">Anna Balzer</a> ...

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. We've all been watching carefully as the ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

Redemptive Poetry on a Night of Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. It is Sunday night, and I am suddenly awake at the crack of too-close gunfire. I creep to the window ...

'Offensive Play': Why I've Watched My Last Superbowl
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Humans drug themselves with violence. Violence has been and continues to be a path for cathartic release and for entertainment. Humans drug themselves with violence. Violence has ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
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>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

Cautious Optimism on Obama's New Sudan Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Activists greeted the Obama administration's <a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-urgency-implementation" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-ur ...

Dear President Obama (An Open Letter on Afghanistan)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.</p> I am a loyal supporter ...

Have You Thought About Nuclear Weapons Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The day one is detonated, it will be the only thing anyone will think about ... which is why we need to apply the biblical vision of "turning swords into plowshares" to nuclear weapons. ...

'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costumes Cash in on Racist Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>For many in the US, Halloween is a time to dress-up as a character from a movie, a politician, a witch, vampire, and For many in the US, Hallow ...

A Pre-Emptive Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I know it's been a week and a bit, which in the contemporary mode suggests that ancient history has already passed under the bridge since the Nobel Committee announced its decision, but I wanted to ...

Audio: Confronting the Rage That Killed Derrion Albert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Lisa Sharon Harper was interviewed recently by <a href="http://everydaydemocracy.podbean.com/2009/10/12/interview-with-lisa-sharon-harper-in-response-to-recent-beating-death-of-chicago-teen/">& ...

Nobel, Obama, Bono, and 'Rebranding America'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666574154_jUtaF"></a>Like many folks a couple weeks ago, I was stunned that Obama ha ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

Advocating for Sudan from the Inside
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We are accustomed to standing outside the White House, protesting the policies of war and torture. We are accustomed to standing outside the White House, protesting the policies o ...

Caught Between Two Worlds: Progressive and Evangelical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm already isolated within my own faith community (Pentecostalism) for my views on war and pe ...

Happy Anniversary, Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On October 7, the U.S. On October 7, the U.S. Senate said " Happy Anniversary " one day early to the war in Afghanistan with a defense spending bill that puts the cost ...

The 'Other' Chicago: A New Tale of Two Cities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week since the news story broke of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/30/a-prayer-for-derrion-albert/">deadly beating of 16 year old Derrion Albert</a> on Chicag ...

A Nobel Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. from a reporter: "What's your reaction to Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize?" "What?" ...