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From the Archives: Fall 1972
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Ediger Witness to the Lord IT CAME TO pass in the summer of ’72 that many young people gathered in Dall ...

Afghanistan's Children of War
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The United Nations issued a report on Wednesday stating that the number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, with women and children faring the wors ...

Bradley Manning Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

If Manning had been found guilty of aiding the enemy, he could have been sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Wednesday. A military judge rule ...

Fate of Jerusalem Looms Over Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare for preliminary talks in Washington today, the future of Jerusalem — holy to three faiths — looms as the thorniest and most difficult issue to resolve. ...

Buddhist Monk Blames Muslims for Myanmar Bombing
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A radical Buddhist monk in Myanmar said a bomb that exploded near him, wounding five devotees, came after a death threat by a “Muslim religious leader” who wanted to silence his campaign to prevent Buddhist wo ...

Mistaken Identity Brings Threats to Pastor Zimmermann
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

Death threats were the last type of phone calls George A. Zimmermann thought he’d get after serving for 55 years as his Pennsylvania community’s preacher. Death threats were the l ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Reduces Strikes in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. has drastically reduced the number of drone strikes in Pakistan. In response to criticism, the U.S. has drastically reduced the number of drone strikes in Pakistan and is ...

Anti-Semitism on Downward Slide but Still Rampant Online
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The Anti-Defamation League’s study of anti-Semitism in the U.S. shows a 14 percent decrease in incidents during 2012, the second consecutive year of a downward trend. The Anti-Def ...

Senator John McCain: Arizona's Stand Your Ground Law Should Be Reviewed
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Sen. John McCain is requesting review of the recently publicized “stand your ground” law in the state of Arizona. Following an outpouring amount of controversy over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, McCain is requesting actio ...

DRONE WATCH: Courts and Drones
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

Federal judge questions claim that courts have no role in examining drone strikes that kill American citizens. The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights have  sued former ...

DRONE WATCH: Spies in the Sky
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

As lethal drone strikes decline, the use of drones for surveillance increases. In the past few months, drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen have dwindled to only a fe ...

Thai University Apologizes for Banner Featuring Adolf Hitler
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Thailand’s most prestigious university apologized to the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday for allowing its campus to hang a huge, hand-painted “Congratulations” banner illustrated with Captain America, Batman ...

Since Aurora, a Steady Stream of Mass Killings
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Following the movie theatre massacre in 2012 that killed 12 people, 126 others have died due to similar events involving mass killings. USA Today reports such tragedies are more “typical” than people think rep ...

Drone Carrier Landing: Navy Successfully Completes Unmanned Carrier Landing
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

The Navy did what some may consider "the unthinkable" and landed a jet size drone off the coast of Virginia yesterday. The Navy did what some may consider "the unt ...

VIDEOS: Just Vision
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Preview Ronit Avni's inspiring films about nonviolence in the Holy Land. In “ Stories Wor ...

Who Would Jesus Drone?
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Being a Christian inevitably means many things — it means being baptized, partaking of the Lord's supper, and belonging to a community marked by the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. Likewise, being a ...

DRONE WATCH: Attack in Pakistan Kills 17
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

At least 17 people were killed in the first U.S. drone attack in Pakistan since May 28. Early Wednesday morning, at least 17 people were killed in the first U.S. drone attack in ...

July 4th and the Table of Demons
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the trouble with patriotism is twofold: 1) it tempts us to equate God and nation, and 2) it provides a sacred cover for violence. On July 4 th  I will b ...

God Didn’t Choose Sides at Gettysburg
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

During the July 1-3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, there were Christians and Jews on both sides of the conflict who knew the answer to the question “Whose side is God on?” During the ...

The Song Remains
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ramzi Kysia After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action. ...

July 2013
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Issue

July, 2013 Drones for Christ: How the world's largest Christian university became an evangelist for drone warfare. ...

DRONE WATCH: Revenge of the Taliban
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Pakistani Taliban kill nine foreign mountain climbers to avenge the death of a Taliban commander in a drone strike. Nine foreign climbers in the Himalayas in a remote part of nort ...

DRONE WATCH: Protest March Arrives in Des Moines
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-drone acitivsts arrive at a National Guard base in Des Moines, Iowa, after a nearly 200-mile march. Dozens of peace activists walked into Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday, followi ...

DRONE WATCH: Killing of 10-year-old Angers Yemenis
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Drone strike in Yemen kills 10-year-old brother of Al Qaeda leader. The most recent reported drone strike in Yemen, said to be five missiles fired at an SUV, killed at least six ...

Study: Religious Oppression Rises Despite Arab Spring
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

People who hoped the Arab Spring would lead to greater religious freedom across the Middle East have been sorely disappointed, and a new Pew study confirms that the region has grown even more repressive for va ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Surveillance in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

Drones have been used for law enforcement surveillance inthe U.S. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted that drones are used for ...

Family Values and Murder: The Trial of Whitey Bulger
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing to justify a grab for resources in a divorce court or even a custody battle. But it’s another thing altogether to use betrayal and an appeal to family values to justify murder. Or is it another ...

July 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Product

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July 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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When the Government Lies, a Covenant is Broken
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

After denials and evasions, we learned that two successive administrations lied to the American public about unprecedented spying on ordinary citizens. After denials and evasions, ...

Feds Release First Guidelines for Confronting a Church Shooter
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead, including 20 children. Beyond seeking ...

White House Pushes Gun Safety
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama is expected to call upon lawmakers and Congress Tuesday as he asks for their support in backing his measures concerning gun safety. President Barack Obama i ...

Clifford Sloan Selected As Guantanamo Closure Envoy By President Obama
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama has called to action one of Washington’s most resourceful lawyers, Clifford Sloan. In an effort to ...

Rand Paul: Jesus Was Anti-War
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles as he made his case against excessive American engagement overseas. Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles ...

Gun Control Advocates Launch Bus Tour
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a bus tour to rally support for tighter gun laws, in hopes of pushing Congress to revisit the proposal defeated in April. In a push to revi ...

Barack Obama and the Drone Wars: The Logic of Violence
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Reducing the number of deaths caused by our use of violence is a worthy goal, and Obama does seem genuinely engaged in drawing the number down. So for the sake of argument, I will take him at his word. But (yo ...

AUDIO: The Cosas, an Iraqi Christian family
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dawn Araujo An interview with an Iraqi Christian family ...

VIDEO: Dirty Wars
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. As part of Sojourners magazine’s July 2013 coverage o ...

The Truth of Bradley Manning and the Mythical Cover-Up of America
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

Jesus once said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Bradley Manning risked his life to reveal the truth that our violence is as egregious and criminal as our enemies’ violence. In so ...

DRONE WATCH: Pizza Delivery Drone
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Dominos UK expriments with drone that can deliver pizza. The pace of U.S. drone strikes is dramatically slowing. During the month of May, there was one strike in Pakistan and one ...

Star Trek: Into Darkness: A Call to Change Course
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Star Trek: Into Darkness is a fascinating and complicated story that is well worth watching. Instead of providing a summary, I want to explore three related aspects of the movie: sacrifice, blood, and hope for ...

Death by the Numbers
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The Predator and Reaper drones in most common use by the CIA and U.S. military carry 500-pound GPS-guided bombs or Hellfire missiles. The bombs can destroy whole neighb ...

Hellfire from Above
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Steve Holt More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. Obama, technology, and the myth of redemptive violence. ...

What's Wrong with Drones?
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Under Christian ethics, drone warfare is neither just nor moral. SOME CHRISTIANS seeking moral gu ...

Drones for Christ
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

David Swanson How Jerry Falwell's Liberty U.—the world's largest Christian university—became an evangelist for drone warfare.  ...

DRONE WATCH: British Anti-drone Activists Arrested
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

Six British Christian peace activists were arrested for protesting drones. Six British Christian peace activists were arrested and detained for 24 hours for protesting at the RAF ...

DRONE WATCH: Sharif Calls for End to Drone Attacks
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

New Pakistani prime minister calls for an end to U.S. drone strikes. In what was largely a formality following last month’s popular elections, Pakistan’s parliament yesterday elec ...

Seeking Nonviolent Solutions in Syria
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright Working with the U.N. for a negotiated settlement has a greater chance of success than military involvement. ...

Overcoming Violent Fundamentalism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Religious extremism will not be defeated by a primarily military response. TODAY THE Middle East—w ...

A Just Peace President: How We Can End the War on Terror
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 6:39pm | Type: Blog

In his remarks at the National Defense University two weeks ago, President Obama stopped just one sentence short of declaring an end to the so-called “war on terror.” This is and always was a misnomer. It is a ...