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Ku Klux Clowns
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

The event is a great reminder that we need imagination as we confront evil, so that we do not mirror the hatred we seek to end. And, even as we fight serious injustices, we need humor — as old Emma Goldman onc ...

Disciplinary Hearing Delayed for Mormon Blogger
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon blogger accused of apostasy for writing critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues, has been given a reprieve — for now. ...

Romney Courts Evangelicals With `Judeo-Christian’ Values
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by scarce ...

What My Catholic Faith Has Taught Me
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

Some have asked how I can embrace a faith whose leadership has taken such a hard line against gay and lesbian equality, and which is painfully quiet on the threat to limit voting rights. I understand why peopl ...

Is Democratic Optimism Grounded in Reality?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

President Obama rode a tide of optimism into the White House four years ago, only to watch his support erode after the reality didn’t live up to the speeches in many cases. But we wanted to hear it, and it wo ...

American Cardinal Raymond Burke Sparks Controversy, Exerts Influence
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

When some American Catholics worry that the hierarchy is tilting toward the Republican Party, or taking the church back to the 19th century (or earlier), they often point to Cardinal Raymond Burke as Exhibit A ...

Why Voting Matters
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

As we have since 2004, Sojourners has published an issues guide of principles and policies for Christian voters. We encourage you to use this guide to educate yourself on these issues. ...

Obama Surges Ahead Among Catholic Voters
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

President Obama’s support among Catholic voters has surged since June, according to a new poll, despite a summer that included the Catholic bishops’ religious freedom campaign and the naming of Rep. Paul Ryan, ...

Obama Speaks Out Against Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

just 15 years old — 15 — to men who raped her and beat her, and burned her with irons. And finally, ...

Why Our Presidential Candidates Need a Manicure
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

Our presidential candidates could also benefit from an appointment at Pretty Nail Salon, to listen to the local narratives and deepen their understanding of how social policy is affecting the lives of the urba ...

Obama at the U.N.: A New Religion Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Tuesday gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. WASHINGTON — ...

Mormon Blogger Faces Excommunication Over Temples, not Romney
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

A Mormon blogger who has written critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues — including about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — is facing church discipline for “apost ...

Watch the Vote: #925NVRD
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

In times like these no one can afford to sit back and watch this one like a reality show on Bravo TV. Exercise your dominion; register to vote today! Editor's Note: This ...

Taking America Back for God?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Yet, as Gregory A. Boyd notes in his important book The Myth of a Christian Nation, taking America BACK for God assumes we were at one really belonged to God, followed God, listened to God. Boyd goes on to ask ...

The Christian Response to Religious Extremism
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

So it should shock us, surprise us, and sadden us, when we hear about tragedies like the shooting at the Sikh Gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For the victims of suck attacks – whether they are Sikh, Muslim, ...

Michael Gerson: Conservatism and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 7:43am | Type: Blog

My friend Mike Gerson wrote a significant column in the Washington Post today, titled "An Ideology Without Promise." It takes a deeper look at the now infamous Romney video and addresses the crisis t ...

White Working Class Voters Still Looking for a Candidate, Still Religious
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

The white working class, a potentially rich bloc of voters for Republicans or Democrats, hasn’t settled on Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama, a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute shows. ...

Charities Struggle with Hurricane Isaac Cleanup
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

NEW ORLEANS — Faith-based ministries and local charities that are ramping up relief efforts after Hurricane Isaac say it's already clear that recovery will proceed without the national outpouring of money ...

Is the Catholic Hierarchy Moving Toward the GOP?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

A series of recent developments are renewing questions about the Catholic bishops' alignment with the Republican Party, with much of the attention focusing on comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles C ...

The Irresistible Revolution
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Product

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All Politics (Should Be) Local
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

When politics is local, candidates tend to know their people or at least know their interests, worries and hopes. This is the level at which democracy tends to work best. Leaders know their people, people know ...

The Ethical Opportunity of a Video
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

The recently revealed video of Gov. Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far ...

Watch the Vote: What's at Stake?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

or gender and shall not be denied or abridged by the imposition of a poll tax or other tax ( Amendments 15 ...

The Myth of Mitt Romney’s Evangelical Problem
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney has an evangelical problem. Or so we’ve been told by everyone from The New Yorker to The Huffington Post to The Daily Beast. The national media have perpetuated this narrative throughout the electi ...

Members of Destroyed Joplin Mosque Face Uncertain Future
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest ...

The ‘Maverick’ Egyptian-American Copt Behind the Anti-Muslim Film
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Florida Pastor Terry Jones ignited deadly riots by threatening to burn Qurans in 2010, and by torching the Islamic holy text last year. Recently, Jones said he would promote a crude film that portrays Islam’s ...

'Innocence of Muslims' Video Suggests a Fetish for Armageddon
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Pray for the makers of the film, for the Muslims in Libya and Egypt who have reacted in anger, and for the people of Israel who wake up every day, resented or reviled by so many of their neighbors. ...

U.S. Muslims Worry About Fall-Out from Libya Attacks
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

Muslim Americans condemned violence in Egypt and Libya that left four Americans dead, but remain concerned that the deaths could rekindle anti-Muslim sentiment just as post-9/11 resentment was starting to ebb. ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

at a staggering 15 percent and 46.2 million Americans remain in poverty — what is your plan to address ...

Activists Hail Release of Christian Pastor in Iran, Teen in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy. Religious rights ...

What’s Next for the First Catholic Bishop Convicted in Sex Abuse Cover-Up?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

That could provide time for him to restore his reputation, or the prospect of having Finn as bishop for 15 ...

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

It’s time to STOP using faith, Jesus, and the Bible as a political platform. Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church. It’s time to STOP: ...

6 Suggestions for Christians for Engaging in Politics
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

says the Lord. (vv.15-16) According to this standard, neither of the standard-bearers ...

Removing 'God' and Letting God In
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

On the heels of the Republican National Convention, where the shadow of the Religious Right still ominously looms, it was notable that the Democratic National Convention opened with a debate over the absence o ...

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Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Product

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Christians and Politics (PDF)
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Product

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Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Product

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God's Politics
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Product

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Living God's Politics
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Product

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Christians and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Product

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A Season of Civility in Response to Campaign Incivility
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Instead of trying to fight fire with more fire, the time has come to practice civility among ourselves as we engage in public life, and as we do so, learn to demand respectfulness from our elected officials, b ...

Black Pastors Move to Counter New Voter ID Laws
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

African-American clergy are joining forces with civil rights groups to push for increased voter registration ahead of the November election, spurred on by new voter laws they say restrict opportunities for min ...

Whatever Happened to the Common Good? The Role of Faith in the Upcoming Election
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 6:08pm | Type: Event

September 29, 2012 - 6:30pm - September 30, 2012 - 9:15 ... series. Jim will also serve as the guest preacher at the 9:15 a.m Sunday service at Christ Church ... as well as a book signing. Jim will also serve as the guest preacher at the 9:15 a.m Sunday service at ...

QUIRK: Chuck Norris Warns USA About 1,00 Years of Solitude ... No, Darkness
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

From Huffington Post: Chuck Norris has offered a dire warning to America, claiming that U.S. citizens face "1,000 years of darkness" if President Obama is reelected for a second term in November. ...

Women's Rousing Political Convention Speeches Make Their Silence in the Church Deafening
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Not having the voices of women in the Church is not just sad for women. Truthfully, it’s sad and a deep loss for the Church. Before you throw stones or want to endorse me as a ca ...

UPDATE: Democrats RESTORE "God" to Party Platform
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

UDATE: (Posted 9/6/12) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized ...

Religious Labels Matter Less in 2012 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

Americans in general no longer worry about denominational labels, says David French of Columbia, Tenn., a blogger at EvangelicalsforMitt.org. French, for example, grew up attending a Church of Christ and now a ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In times like these, when politicians are sweating to sway voters to their side, or frame their opponents as the polar opposite—the enemy—it is tempting to begin to define ourselves and each other through the ...

It's Empowered Birth Awareness Week
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

5-15 percent of women will need c-sections. (In a sick irony, many of those women are living ...

How to Change Politics
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis No, that isn’t a typo. Sojourners stood side by side with Focus on the Family to draw attention to the plight of millions who ...