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Protestants Join Catholics in Reconsidering the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Nebraska is showing the most visible signs of a change in thinking by Christians and conservatives on the death penalty, and Catholics are helping to lead the way. Nebraska is sh ...

Ireland Gay Marriage Vote a ‘Reality Check’ for Church
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Ireland seems an unlikely place to make history on the issue given the Catholic Church’s dominant role in the country and its open opposition to passage of the referendum. In many ...

4 Tips for Following Jesus in Election Season
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Spend at least as much energy advancing the Kingdom as you do your candidate. Well, here we are again. The season that seems to come around all too often and stick around far too ...

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Abolish Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

The measure passed 32-15 in the state’s unicameral Legislature. It would replace the death penalty ...

Boy Scouts Chief Says Ban on Gay Scout Leaders Should Be Lifted Nationwide
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, the BSA repealed its ban on gay scouts but refused to drop the ban on gay adult leaders. The president of the Boy Scouts of America on May 21 called for an end to ...

Womanhood and Parenting in the Black Lives Matter Movement: A Web-Exclusive Interview with Erika Totten
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Erika Totten is a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement in the greater Washington, D.C. Metro area, and an activist for the black liberation movement at large. Sh ...

Franklin Graham’s Facebook Prayers Target Supreme Court Justices on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service ...

Ireland’s Gay Marriage Referendum a Sign of Roman Catholic Decline
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Many Catholics wonder what right the Catholic Church has to oppose gay marriage when those charged with proclaiming and upholding Christian morality were abusing children. “In Ir ...

YouTube Didn’t Have to Yank Anti-Muslim Film, Court Says
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

One of the actresses in the film sued to take it down and won, but an appeals court ruled May 18 that she didn’t have the right to control the film’s distribution. An appeals cou ...

Calling on Thomas Merton for Racial Justice and Healing
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

His words echoed May 16 among black pastors at a conference, titled Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton, hosted by Louisville’s Center for Interfaith Relations. If th ...

What Would Oscar Romero Say Today About El Salvador?
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

If he were alive today, what would Romero say from the pulpit? Two years ago I was in El Salvador and asked a fellow Jesuit priest if he thought that Archbishop Oscar Romero — fa ...

Asian-American Groups File Complaint Against Harvard Admissions, Citing Racial Quotas
Originally Posted: 05/19/2015 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

The groups contend that Harvard is using racial quotas that deny admittance to qualified Asian American students. More than 60 Asian-American groups came together to file a federa ...

Obama Limits Distribution of Military-Style Equipment to Police
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

The White House released a statement today outlining restrictions on the federal government’s distribution of weapons, vehicles, and other equipment to police departments. The Whi ...

Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 9:59am | Type: Press

May 15, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis Huffington Post ...

Sorry, Presidential Candidates: Hope Resides in Groans, Not in Your Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 05/18/2015 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point out that the 2016 US presidential campaign is gathering momentum. It’s election season. Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point o ...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bombing
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

After deliberating for 14 hours over the course of three days, a Boston jury of seven women and five men sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, to death. After deliberating for 14 hour ...

‘The New Black’ Opens New Dialogue About LGBT and Religion in Black Community
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Americans should condemn? Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Amer ...

Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

They were clearly not interested in the political identity of white American evangelical leadership that has yet to seriously address issues of justice as central to Christian faith — issues like global econom ...

Solitary Confinement: Immoral, Ineffective
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders across the country are speaking out against solitary confinement cells. They’re small spaces — sometimes 7 feet wide, 12 feet long. And they’re where some inmate ...

Singapore Teen Blogger Guilty of Insulting Christians
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Amos Yee, 16, had faced three years in prison, but will be put on probation instead, the Associated Press reported. A teenage blogger from Singapore has been found guilty of insu ...

Texas Takes Defiant Stance as Gay Marriage Decision Looms
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Don’t count Texas out without a fight. The U.S. Supreme Court is now weighing arguments in the same-sex marriage case it heard on April 28 that could lead to a landmark decision r ...

‘Stand Your Ground’ Shows a Racist Culture, Continuing to Kill
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 8:28pm | Type: Blog

A book that you wish wasn’t necessary. Every once in a while, you read a book that you wish wasn’t necessary. Kelly Brown Douglas’  Stand Your Ground:   Black Bodies and the Ju ...

Obama: Defeating Poverty Takes Money and ‘Transformative Power’ of Faith Groups
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

“It’s hard being poor. It’s time-consuming. It’s stressful,” said the president. The African-American boy who grew up without a father, who started his work life as a community or ...

Why We Shouldn't Single Out All Muslims for the Actions of a Few
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

What followed after two gunmen were killed trying to carry out an attack on an anti-Muslim “Draw Muhammad Contest” was predictable. What followed after two gunmen were killed try ...

Christians Lose Ground, ‘Nones’ Soar in New Portrait of U.S. Religion
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

roughly the same 1.4 to 1.5 percentage points. Every tradition took a hit in in the West as the number ... of the “nones” (15.8 percent, up from 12.1 percent in 2007) don’t even commit to any view on God. Instead, ...

Sister Helen Prejean: Tsarnaev ‘Genuinely Sorry for What He Did’
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Tsarnaev’s defense team is trying to convince the jury that he should be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole, instead of execution. Sister Helen Prejean, the Cat ...

Deep Divide Remains Between How Black and White Americans See Justice System
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Even a general sense of familiarity with recent protests in Baltimore varies widely by race and ethnicity. The percentage of white Americans (46 percent) who believe blacks and ot ...

Plans Announced for England’s First Women-Only Mosque
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Women such as Raza and Goma argue that nowhere in the Quran are female imams expressly forbidden. The country’s first women-only mosque will open in Bradford, a 19th-century indu ...

Vatican Blasts Muhammad Cartoons as Pouring ‘Gasoline on the Fire’
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous.” The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons o ...

Christian Nation vs. Secular Country?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel "The old hatreds shall someday pass; the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve."  AS WE SWI ...

Building Beloved Communities
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The Bible calls us to create multiracial communities of faith.  ONE OF MY favorite descriptions fo ...

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court as You Consider Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I support striking down these bans because of my faith, not in spite of it. Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court: As you and the other justices of the Supreme Court co ...

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a ‘Foot Soldier’ for Civil Rights, Turns His Eye to LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gay organizations should be more inclusive of black leaders, he says, and black groups need to be more welcoming of gay leaders. The Rev. Gil Caldwell walked onto the campus of Du ...

5 Faith Facts about Mike Huckabee, Southern Baptist Pastor-Turned-Politician
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is no stranger to the pulpit — or politics. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is no stranger to the pulpit — or politics. The former Fox News C ...

What Catholics Can Teach America About Polarized Politics
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Nothing serves the interests of political parties more than interest groups that use religious rhetoric to promote secular ideologies and add, “Thus saith the Lord.” Americans of ...

Whose Group Sponsored Provocative Mohammad Cartoon Contest?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Pamela Geller is good at getting attention. Pamela Geller is good at getting attention. She’s a celebrity blogger and fiery activist who founded the American Freedom Defense I ...

Congo-Brazzaville Bans Muslim Women from Wearing Full-Face Veils, Citing Terrorism Prevention
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, ...

Why Does Islam Ban Images of the Prophet Muhammad?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Why do images of the founder of Islam — even cartoons drawn by amateurs — incite so much anger in some people that they are motivated to violence? On May 3 in Garland, Texas,  tw ...

The Parable of Baltimore
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Baltimore exposes a very combustible combination of social failures that we are all responsible for. That's the pattern, and that's the lesson. Baltimore, like Ferguson ...

Borders Have Been Crossed
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The crossing of relational borders and the forging of new relationships continues to be enabled by the movement of the Spirit. “Why are you here? Go back!” This is what Catherine ...

5 Faith Facts about Ben Carson: Retired Neurosurgeon, Seventh-Day Adventist
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Carson is now known as a culture warrior whose criticisms of President Obama have made him a favorite of conservatives Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon once best known for sep ...

5 Faith Facts about Carly Fiorina: ‘What You Make of Yourself Is Your Gift to God’
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run on May 4. Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run on May 4. But she’s long been working the Christi ...

Q&A: David Brooks on Character, Sin, and Rumors About His Religious Journey
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Brooks talked about society’s obsession with selfies, whether we’re too self-absorbed, and rumors about his own religious journey. New York Times columnist David Brooks is the mos ...

Q&A: From Ferguson to Baltimore, Black America’s Faith Is Tested
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Douglas talked about violence faced by African-Americans and the black church’s response. In the past week, the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, a black Episcopal priest and religion pro ...

6 Things to Expect in the Pope’s Address to Congress
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis isn’t shy about tackling controversial topics or upending conventional orthodoxies about Catholics and politics. Everyone wants Congress to stop fighting and get work ...

Amid Nepal’s Shattered Shrines and Temples, a Religious Fatalism Sets In
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

service. Rescuers have pulled out 15 bodies from the rubble; the pastor and one of his two sons were among ...

No Dice Required: A Medieval Prayer Wheel Surfaces, but How It Was Used Is Anyone’s Guess
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Was it more of an instruction, or a meditative aid? Was it a one-shot exercise or meant to be repeated again and again? The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Or ...

5 Faith Facts About Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly Irreligious
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff ...

PHOTOS: Solidarity Protest Across Washington D.C. for Death of Freddie Gray
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds gathered at Gallery Place Metro in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night in solidarity with Baltimore activists to protest the death of Freddie Gray. The crowd marched for two hours across the city unt ...

Will We Listen to God's Call and Baltimore's Cry?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

We gaze at each other’s pain and lament, but we don’t really see in a way that will shift our vision, clarify our perspective. Here we are, again. The cycle of police violence ...