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Timothy King 07-29-2011

In response to Sojourners' radio ads about the budget debates, the Family Research Council's political action committee has launched radio ads in Kentucky and Ohio arguing that deficit reduction should cut programs that serve poor and vulnerable people. The ads assert that it is the private individual, not government, who has a responsibility to the poor. The ads say, "Jesus didn't instruct the government of his day to take the rich young ruler's property and redistribute it to the poor. He asked the ruler to sell his possessions and help the poor. Charity is an individual choice, not a government mandate."

This could put the speaker of the House, a Catholic, in a difficult position. Catholic social teaching instructs that the government does have a direct responsibility to the poor and that private charity is only one of the ways that Christians express concern for "the least of these." This ad sets itself in direct opposition to that teaching and the values that it comes from. The speaker was already in a tough spot when the Catholic bishops came out with a strong critique of the House plan, but now he has a powerful political organization calling for him to ignore Catholic social teaching all together.

Julie Clawson 03-30-2011
When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme
Brigitte Gynther 01-11-2011
January 11 is recognized around the world as Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Half a million messages. That's how many our most engaged Sojourners activists sent on behalf of important justice issues in 2010.
Julie Clawson 11-26-2010
Recently I walked through downtown Austin in my underwear. Okay, so it was actually men's boxers and an undershirt, but still, technically, underwear.
Adam Phillips 10-26-2010
The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa has been very clear: There is no dichotomy betwee
Letitia Campbell 09-07-2010
Editor's Note: What is behind Craigslist's recent enigmatic, and dramatic, choice to replace (at least for now) its entire "adult services" section with the single wor
Jeannie Choi 08-13-2010

Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:

Justin Dillon 08-11-2010

On May 2, 1963, African-American kids all over Birmingham, Alabama heard a D.J. from WENN announce, "Kids, there's going to be a party at the park. Bring your toothbrushes because lunch will be served." This was a coded call for a mass demonstration. Eight hundred kids, some as young as six, skipped school.

Justin Fung 07-14-2010
A couple of months ago, the MetaFilter weblog community came together to rescue a couple of young Russian women from the clutches of a http://blog.
Justin Fung 07-01-2010
As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need.
Cathleen Falsani 06-30-2010

Dear Madonna,

Thank you. Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family arrived home in California with our newly adopted son, Vasco Fitzmaurice Mark David Possley.

Julie Clawson 06-28-2010
When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come.
Justin Fung 04-30-2010

It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?

Jim Wallis 03-25-2010
Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential.
Jim Wallis 03-01-2010
In Sunday's New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, one of my favorite columnists, has a striking piece on the growing role of

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