Democrats

Moving the Abortion Debate Beyond Partisan Purists

In books and speeches, I have often said that God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I have contended that to make either party "The God Party" is idolatry. This, however, does not mean that Christians should abandon political activism. It has been said that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Consequently, I have long called for Christians to be involved in both political parties, striving to be the "leaven" that [...]

Reaching Out Across Differences

I have paid keen interest to this current presidential race. Being from another country, the whole process is quite fascinating and emotive, as gifted rhetoric and track records are flaunted for the public eye and reflection.

However, as much as the presidential race and electoral process in North America is capturing and intense, a person who is listening closely to the issues and policies presented will find him or herself quite confused by the arguments that are presented by [...]

An Historic Speech

Yesterday morning, I started what would become an historic day with my favorite historian. As a young man, Vincent Harding was part of the inner circle of the southern freedom movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and later became one of the civil rights movement's best chroniclers and interpreters. Vincent has also been a mentor and trusted friend to me and to Sojourners for many years.

Vincent Harding was there at the Democratic Convention in 1964 when the party refused to seat [...]

Fannie Lou Hamer's America, 44 Years Later (by Burns Strider)

I am overwhelmed at the historic nature of what's happening this week, and it's important that we all think about this. It's important for me as a Mississippian. For me, I can't stop thinking of the Mississippi Freedom Democrats and Fannie Lou Hamer. I wish Hamer could be here.

In 1964 the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) arrived at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City with the goal of unseating the "regular Democrats" and representing their fellow Democrats [...]

The Democratic Nomination's Historic Significance

I have been watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and I think when Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech tonight it is going to be an important historic moment. This is not to tell you who to vote for. That's up to you. But I can't help but anticipate watching a person of color stand in the place he will tonight. I don't advocate voting for him (or not) because he is a black man, but it sure is encouraging to see history unfold. The amount of anguish that comes with [...]

'People of Faith Challenge Democrats'

On Monday, I wrote that one of the things I would be looking for at the political conventions was "whether the people of faith who are here are able to offer that prophetic role that faithfulness requires, that would hold politics accountable to real moral values, and would offer the best hope of social change."

I'm happy to report that is indeed the case. The first indication of how prophetic [...]

Bishop Charles Blake's Remarks at DNC Interfaith Service

Excerpt from Bishop Charles Blake’s remarks at the Interfaith Forum, Sunday, August 24, 2008, Denver, Colorado:

“Our children have sacred value, and every child is equally valuable.

May I observe, as a Pro-Life Democrat, that some of us have philosophic, humanitarian and theological differences with those who put forth abortion as an appropriate, routine and acceptable birth control procedure. There are millions of us [...]

Jesus for President: Declaring Independence from Partisan Politics

Soccer moms, NASCAR dads, and now holy hipsters have been touted by political pundits and the mainstream media as the group du jour that political candidates must court in order to win the coveted presidential prize. Using select books and blogs, they conclude that these missional millennials have abandoned the political party of their parents and will be casting their ballots for Obama [...]

News Bites

  • Catholic Vote? The Democratic National Committee hired John Kelly, treasurer of Pax Christi USA, a national Catholic peace organization, to lead outreach to Catholic constituents.
  • PewTube. The Church of England and Britain's Methodist Church have launched a Web site that makes use of YouTube Internet video technology to promote fresh and contemporary means of worship. "You have to preach where people are listening," said a Church of England spokesperson on the project.
  • Clockwork Orange. On the fifth anniversary of the first "enemy combatant" prisoners arriving at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, more than 400 protesters—many wearing orange detainee jumpsuits—attempted to deliver habeas corpus motions on behalf of detainees to the U.S. Federal District Court. The protest was organized by the Christian group Witness Against Torture.
  • Mother/Soldier. More than 155,000 women have done military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 16,000 of those women are single mothers, according to the Pentagon.
  • Choose Life. The parents of murder victim Emily Murray, a 20-year-old Kenyon College student who hoped to become an Episcopal priest and who was killed in 2000, are asking that her murderer's death sentence be changed to life without parole, in accordance with Emily Murray's beliefs.
  • Human rights. Lawyer Gary Haugen, founder of the Christian organization International Justice Mission, was awarded Prison Fellowship's 2007 William Wilberforce Award for IJM's work against the global slave trade and human trafficking.
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