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Political and Religious Leaders Denounce European Anti-Jewish Outbursts Tied to Gaza
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm | 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 - 10:53am | 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 - 10:47am | 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 - 10:38am | 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 - 4:24pm | 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 - 3:16pm | 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 - 11:36am | 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 - 3:38pm | 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 - 11:56am | 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 - 10:11am | 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 - 5:07pm | 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 - 10:42am | 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 - 4:28pm | 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 - 11:41am | 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 - 8:12am | 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 - 11:15am | 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 ...

Presbyterians Remove Controversial 'Zionism Unsettled' from Denomination's Website
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism. The Presbyterian Chur ...

Vatican's UN Envoy Says Bishop's Defrocking Shows Church Takes Abuse Seriously
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

The defrocking of a former Vatican ambassador is a “sign of the seriousness” with which Pope Francis and the Vatican are approaching the clergy sexual abuse scandal, according to the Holy See’s representative ...

LGBT Workers May Feel Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? Some suggest it could be between LGBT workers and religious owners of private businesses. What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? ...

ANALYSIS: Hobby Lobby Beat the Contraception Mandate. Here's Why the Nuns May Not
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court on Monday issued a split decision narrowly backing the right of for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons, many assumed that faith-b ...

COMMENTARY: On the Fourth, Setting Aside the 'I' for 'Us'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

American democracy, however, isn’t a sluice diverting wealth into a few hands, though the wealthy never stop trying to treat it that way. The New York Knicks have a dilemma: Hold ...

The Cross on Mount Soledad Can Stay — For Now
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case. The decades-long b ...

Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year: Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the ye ...

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict wit ...

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Closely held corporations cannot be compelled to pay for contraception coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in its highly anticipated Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case. Clos ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

on government, not social issues. Blue or shading that way: 15 percent: Solid liberals — this group parts company with other “blues” on religion and social issues. 15 percent: Faith and Family Left — ...

Republicans Woo Evangelical Base in Bid to Recapture the Senate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The Republican National Committee on Friday launched its first web-based effort to rally conservative believers behind the party, a sign of how crucial voter turnout will be in this fall’s close-fought midterm ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Could Baptizing Children of Gay Couples Become a New Battleground?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The default position for most bishops — reiterated in a major Vatican document released on Thursday — is that if the parents pledge to raise the child Catholic, then no girl or boy should be refused baptism. ...

Vatican Confronts Shifting Landscape on Family Issues
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people, and single parents who ar ...

Is the Black Church Shifting on Gay Marriage?: Q&A with Filmmaker Yoruba Richen
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Yoruba Richen’s documentary “The New Black” airs this month online and on television through the PBS series “Independent Lens.” Yoruba Richen’s documentary “ The New Black ” ai ...

Detained on Charges of Forgery, Meriam Ibrahim Is Not Yet Free
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

A Sudanese Christian doctor freed from death row on charges of apostasy Monday is not yet free after authorities detained her at a Khartoum airport. A Sudanese Christian doctor fr ...

Study: Interfaith Civic Groups Bridge Diversity with Participatory Prayers
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Just because interfaith, interracial, and varied ethnic groups share a common cause doesn’t mean a diverse coalition can hang together. Just because interfaith, interracial, and v ...

United Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Reinstated on Appeal
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

In a surprising reversal, a Pennsylvania pastor who was defrocked last year for violating United Methodist law after he officiated at his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated. ...

COMMENTARY: More Christian Influence? Be Careful What You Wish For
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence in American political life. Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence i ...

Meet the 'Evangelical' Catholics Who Are Remaking the GOP
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

In today’s Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bu ...

Supreme Court Says 'No' to Public School Graduations in Church
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch. ...

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Muslim and Anti-Muslim Bus Ads Battle Heads to Round 3
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew turn up together on a Washington, D.C., bus. It’s no joke. They’re the faces of a new ad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group. ...

After Edwina Rogers' Ouster, Secular Community Regroups
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

As the Secular Coalition for America prepares for its biggest event of the year this week in Washington, D.C., atheist groups are recovering from the sudden departure of the coalition’s highest officer. ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

The Stunning Resurgence Of Progressive Christianity
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Press

June 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Brandeis Raushenbush ...

Man On A Mission
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Press

June 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Molly Worthen ...

Senate Approves Prayer Plaque for World War II Monument
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Just in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. ...

In Heart of Texas, Support Grows for Same-sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Weekenders Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the men challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. ...

You've Got To Hear This Preacher
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

May 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Ben Wikler The Good Fight ...

My Kingston--Michael Alexander Blake
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Press

June 1, 2014 Sojo in the News The Jamaica Observer ...