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PHOTOS: Families Affected by Gun Violence March on Washington
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense gun control legislation. Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense ...

Obama proposals on gun control align with religious leaders' pleas
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Press

January 28, 2013 Sojo in the News Jerry Filteau ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in Africa
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

U.S. plans to base surveillance drones in northern Africa. The New York Times reports that the U.S. is preparing to establish a base in northwest Africa so that it can fly ...

The Courage to Reject our Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Not only have we created a culture of violence, we glorify violence in our movies, television shows, and video games. Even in pro sports, players increasingly settle disagreements on the court or field with ph ...

Help End the NRA’s Dangerous Idolatry of Guns
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

“Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? “Idolatry of guns.” What does that mean, exactly? It might be hard to admit, but if you think about it, you can see that many ...

What’s Going On: Mobilizing Against Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

There is a March on Washington for Gun Control this Saturday, Jan. 26, on the National Mall. I am going, and so ...

DRONE WATCH: UN to Examine Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

A U.N. special rapporteur is beginning an investigation into drone strikes. Ben Emmerson, a U.N. special rapporteur, is beginning an investigation into drone strikes in Afghanist ...

DRONE WATCH: The CIA Exemption
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Playbook of rules for drone attacks exempts CIA in Pakistan. Several months ago, the Washington Post reported  that presidential counterterrorism adviser John Brennan w ...

DRONE WATCH: Yemen — 4 Attacks, 4 Days
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Fourteen deaths in Yemen drone strikes in past four days. While Washington, D.C., reveled in the ceremonies and parties surrounding Inauguration Day, U.S. drones were busy in Yeme ...

Assault weapons all about swagger
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Press

January 23, 2013 Sojo in the News Ina Hughes ...

Vatican Welcomes Obama Gun Control Proposal
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican continues to appeal for disarmament and m ...

DRONE WATCH: Law and Secrecy
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Making public the secret legal memos that claim to justify drone policy. John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor and nominee for CIA Director, is one of the archi ...

O'Malley promises gun control legislation in Md.
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

January 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Brian Witte ...

Analysis: Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Andy Sullivan Reuters ...

DRONE WATCH: A Better Drone Policy
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Rep. Keith Ellison proposes Congress create a legal framework to guide executive action. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) writes in a Washington Post op-ed of the many unanswered ...

Religious Leaders Take On The Gun Lobby
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Lauren Markoe ...

Jewish Leaders Push Plans To End Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Press

January 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jewish Telegraphic Agency ...

Faith Communities Step Up Against Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Press

January 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Sally Steenland ...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Difference Between Power and Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

What recommendations can the president implement through executive order? Can an assault weapons ban pass Congress? Will victims and gun safety advocates be able to persuade Congress to pass meaningful legisla ...

Religious Coalition Takes on the Gun Lobby
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Dozens of the nation’s faith leaders said on Tuesday that they’re ready to take on the gun lobby and demanded that politicians take quick and concrete steps to stem gun violence. ...

The Remarkable Power of Peace + Social Media
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Last week, while most of Israel was focused on increasingly extreme rhetoric surrounding the upcoming elections and most Americans were listening to angry debates about guns and fiscal responsibility, a remark ...

DRONE WATCH: What We Know … And What We Don’t Know
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

What we know and what we don’t know about drone strikes. For a number of months, I’ve reported and commented on news of drone strikes, the drone program, and legal and political ...

The Obama Synthesis
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A foreign policy of fewer troops on the ground, but more drones in the air. Ross Douthat posits that President Obama’s nominations of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defen ...

Afflictions of the Soul
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Addressing "moral injury" among veterans. Counter-insurgency wars, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, frequently place soldiers in morally ambiguous situations. What ...

DRONE WATCH: Escalation in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Drone attacks in Pakistan have been escalating since the start of the year. Since the start of the year, drone attacks in Pakistan have been escalating. In the first ten days of J ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in the News
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Drone reports in today's news. The United Nations wants to use drones in peacekeeping missions, but some developing countries are opposed, fearing that it will become  a new ...

Create Your Own Church Sign
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors We liked Lynne Hybel's February 2013 column "Aren't We Supposed to Be Peacemakers?" so much that we created a church sign about it! Some mes ...

AUDIO: Evangelicals for Peace
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Take heart! A new generation of evangelicals for peace is on the rise. It appears a new generatio ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones Counter-Productive
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Drones are counter-productive and encouraging a new arms race. Michael Boyle, an assistant professor at La Salle University, who served on President Obama’s counter-terrorism advi ...

DRONE WATCH: Just the Facts.
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

The difficulty of determining what really happens in drone strikes. The secrecy of the U.S. drone program often makes it difficult to follow what is happening. News reports cite u ...

Nonviolence and the Drug War
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

buses, crossing the border at Tijuana and visiting 26 cities before ending up in Washington, D.C., where ...

Bullet-Proof Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Death threats haven't stopped Rev. James Byensi, a Congolese pastor, from seeking peace in his homeland. ...

Aren't We Supposed to Be Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Wherever I go in the world, I want to be quick to listen to differing perspectives and slow to pick sides. ...

A Heart for Peace
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Geoff Tunnicliffe Rick Love Lisa Sharon Harper Tyler Wig ...

The U.S. Warfare State and Evangelical Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Evangelicals are gearing up to be makers of peace. Are they ready for the serious responsibilities that entails? ...

From the Archives: February 1987
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Turning from Old Ways IN THE U.S., the Cold War has served to justify a permanent wartime ...

A Breakthrough Against Violence
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Myla Leguro Nonviolent Peaceforce and other civilian groups are playing a key role in monitoring the new peace accord in the Philippines. ...

What Comes After the Grief?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There are more gun dealers in America than McDonald's restaurants. WILL THE MASSACRE at Sandy ...

DRONE WATCH: A Year of Drones
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports on drones 2012.   The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has a comprehensive year-end report on U.S. drone strikes in 2012 , m ...

DRONE WATCH: Escalation in Yemen
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Tribesmen protest fifth drone strike in the past ten days. Drone strikes are being escalated in Yemen with the fifth attack in the past ten days occurring on Thursday. Reuters r ...

DRONE WATCH: Senior Taliban Commander Killed
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Senior Taliban commander killed in drone strike.   Over the last two days, multiple drone strikes in Pakistan killed at least 13 people. According to the Associated Press , ...

Are the U.S. and Israel Heading For a Showdown?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The Nation reports that the Obama administration may be heading toward confrontation with Jerusalem. During the brief war between Israel and Gaza in November, Obama pressured both sides to a truce. After Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud A ...

Iranian Pastor Re-Arrested
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Pastor released in September is re-arrested and ordered to complete prison sentence. Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor imprisoned for nearly three years for “apostasy” until hi ...

What Would Jesus Say To the NRA?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Underneath the rhetoric of the gun-control debate this Christmas is a nagging question: are more guns the solution to our gun problem? What does the birth of the baby Jesus 2,00 ...

It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel ... Peace
Originally Posted: 12/23/2012 - 2:14am | Type: Blog

in the halls of a Connecticut elementary school, violently ending the lives of 26 innocents – there is a peace ...

Forgetting the Children of Sandy Hook: How We’ve Become the Friends of Job
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

In tragedy, I have learned that it is always at the moment we begin to talk that the people who need our care the most are forgotten. In other words, I fear we have become the friends of Job, trying to explain ...

Burn Your NRA Card
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Will Obama’s gun violence task force win out over the National Rifle Association’s targeted messaging strategy? President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday morning to esta ...

I Found Peace in Kabul
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Even in the most troubled places on earth, there always seems to be a little group of people who refuse to accept the world as it is and insist on building the world they dream of, a little group of people who ...

Grieving With or Gawking At: A Response to Responses of Tragedy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

For the sake of those who experience loss in the most heartbreaking of circumstances, we should demand something better. In the time following our latest national tragedy in Newto ...

Don't Call It Unimaginable
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Don’t say you’re shocked that 20 children were slaughtered — and more of us must admit that, unless something changes, we expect there will be more such massacres. Isn't it time for this nation to say, &q ...