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Catholic League Drops Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Row About Gays
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

After organizers agreed to allow a gay and lesbian group to march, William Donohue of the Catholic League announced that his organization would not take part in next year’s popular celebration of Irish-America ...

Ted Cruz Booed Off the Stage When He Touts Israel-Christian Solidarity
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Markoe  covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining ...

New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ Tour to Tackle Political ‘Dark Money’
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hits the road Sept. 17 for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key U.S. Senate battleground state ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Photo Essay: On the Ground in Israel and Gaza Two photographers spent the beginning of August chronicling the latest outbreak of violence for New York Times Magazine. The images tell the story of war. ...

Seeing Justice As Part of Discipleship — and Our Worship of God
Originally Posted: 08/26/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

And sometimes, when I hear folks talk about justice in the church, I cringe … I cringe because if we’re not careful, we’re again compartmentalizing justice rather than seeing it as part of the whole Gospel; We ...

Christians, Yazidis Need More Than Escape: Catholic Relief Official in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emergency efforts with other groups, such as Caritas Iraq. He has been wo ...

Someone Tell the President: Iraqi Christians Are Dying
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. It’s starting to seem as if t ...

US Must 'Destroy' Islamic State, Say Religious Conservatives
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical, and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremis ...

Bibles Booted from U.S. Navy Base Guest Rooms
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy will no longer allow Bibles and other religious materials in the guest rooms of Navy lodges, a decision that has infuriated some conservative groups, which recently learned about the new policy. ...

Has Humanity Entered a New Depth of Degradation?
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. It seems Isl ...

Is Ebola a Curse from God? Some African Christian Leaders Think So
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse from God. As Western natio ...

Weekly Wrap 8.8.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/08/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

1. U.S Considers Air Strikes and Air Drops to Help Iraqis Trapped on Mountain by ISIS "The move comes as Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, was all but abandoned as the jihadist group Islamic ...

Ebola Treatment Prompts Criticism from Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Ben Carson
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Prominent conservative voices are criticizing the decision to bring two medical missionaries who contracted Ebola back to the United States for treatment. Prominent conservative v ...

Islamic State Accused of Capturing Yazidi Women and Forcing Them to Convert, or Else
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Senior leaders in Iraq’s minority Yazidi community say their wives and daughters, forcibly held by Islamic militants, are being given a choice: Convert to Islam and marry jihadists — or else. ...

The Biblical Case Against the Death Penalty, From a Former Supporter
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

Because I spent the majority of my life being in favor of capital punishment I know the arguments. I know the reasoning, and I understand the Scriptures used to support that view. ... the arguments for an alte ...

Dispute Over Israel Funding Has Jewish Film Festival in London Looking for New Home
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it receives partial funding from the Israeli Embassy. A London theater is refusing to host the UK Jewish ...

What Congress Can Learn from a Town Dump
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

I went to the town dump today, and I found it open, functioning, filled with people doing the right thing in the right way, giving useful advice to a novice, and able to drive in and out without mayhem, all un ...

Sayeeda Warsi, First Muslim in British Cabinet, Resigns Over 'Indefensible' Gaza Policy
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

The first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet resigned Tuesday over her government’s “morally indefensible” policies in Gaza and its role in the Middle East peace process. The fi ...

Italy Expels Imam for Preaching Hatred Against Jews
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Italian officials on Tuesday moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Italian officials on ...

Islamic Extremists Impose Reign of Terror on Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women ...

No 'Pope Francis Effect' on Capitol Hill Gridlock
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s ...

Uganda's Anglican Leader Doubles Down on Anti-gay Law
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Uganda’s top Anglican leader criticized the constitutional court for striking down the country’s controversial anti-gay law on a technicality, saying the law is still needed to protect children and families fr ...

What You Can Do
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick Elder Seth Kershner Four ways to organize around military testing and student ...

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Is Anyone Answering Iraqi Christians' Cries for Help?
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s se ...

State Dept. Should Act on Pakistan's Religious Freedom Violations, Watchdog Group Says
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

An independent religious freedom watchdog panel has welcomed the State Department’s annual religious freedom report and its list of the world’s worst offenders, which had laid dormant for three years. ...

Appeals Court Ruling Clears Way for Gay Marriage in the Heart of Bible Belt
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as ea ...

The Headlong Retreat into Childhood Partisanship
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. Humankind meant ...

China's Grim Religious Freedom Problem
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

religious practice and culture. Beijing also continues its relentless 15-year campaign to obliterate ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Tapped as First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. ...

Have Corporations Become Modern-day Golems?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Court justices and a failed presidential candidate may say. Corporations are not people — no matter what five Supreme Cou ...

Political and Religious Leaders Denounce European Anti-Jewish Outbursts Tied to Gaza
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Amid mounting protests in Europe against the Gaza conflict, political and religious leaders in the region have sharply denounced anti-Semitism within their borders. Amid mounting ...

IRS Agrees to Monitor Churches for Electioneering
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The Internal Revenue Ser ...

Some Americans Still Monkeying Around on Science Education
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

Colloquially known as the “Monkey Trial,” the Tennessee v. John Scopes trial ended on July 21, 1925, but 89 years later, the American public is still debating on where it stands with religion and science educa ...

Did Obama Finally Thread the Needle on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom. One of the toughest p ...

Why Is Pope Francis Spending so Much Time Going after the Mafia?
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-old boy who burned to death in his grandfather’s car in a Mafia ambush in January. It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-o ...

Strength In Numbers: The Power Of Community Organizing
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Press

July 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Ana Garcia-Ashley US Catholic ...

Spotlight on The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice 2014: Sara Johnson
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Although nervous to be a founder of a non-profit that hasn’t officially launched yet attending a conference with heavy hitters in the non-profit world, within seconds of walking into the initial Summit gatheri ...

Pope Francis: End the 'Racist and Xenophobic' Approach to Migrants Along U.S.-Mexico Border
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Tuesday waded into the controversy of the wave of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for an end to racism against migrants and pushing the U.S. to offer greater pr ...

Three Ways to Maintain Yourself While Maintaining a Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

and grounded in God’s word. I try to read Scripture for at least 10 to 15 minutes each day. This time ...

Do You Know How to Two Step?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

The danger of the two-step is it moves society one place forward while propelling citizens one move backward. America knows how to two-step. 50 years later, poverty is s ...

Party Ties, Not Religious Ones, Drive Down Obama's Approval Rating
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Most Christians don’t approve of President Obama right now, but he gets high ratings from Muslims and other minority religious groups. Most Christians don’t approve of President ...

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Booker: "The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways. It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional s ...

Pope Francis' Promised Reforms Start to Take Shape with New Leaders for Vatican Bank
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ promised reforms of the Vatican bureaucracy are starting to take shape, with new leaders appointed to oversee the troubled Vatican bank and plans to overhaul the Catholic Church’s approach to glo ...

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Religious Procession Past Mafia Boss' Home Irks Italy's Catholic Clergy
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Only two weeks after Pope Francis announced he was excommunicating the Mafia, a religious procession in southern Italy has provoked uproar after paying homage to a convicted mobster. ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/05/2014 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1.  Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case Five things to know about one of the biggest Supreme Court de ...

Hobby Lobby, Rivalry, and Choosing Grace
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

It is an identical claim to moral superiority which matters and which is in fact the cause of the apparent conflict. The underlying issues, whatever you think they may be, whether religious freedom, women’s re ...