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The DOJ report should be read by anyone who believes in racial justice and reconciliation, because it shows us what we are still up against in 2015, 50 years after the Selma march. This is not a post-racial America, especially in regard to our policing and criminal justice systems. Ferguson has become a teaching parable for the nation.

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Something inside of me recoils whenever I hear the phrase, 'God is in control.' Many believe that God’s sovereignty means that God is behind everything that happens. But I find no comfort in that view of God.

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The roots of violence against women lie in gender inequality and the abuse of power, which in turn shapes our understanding of masculinity and femininity. What does it mean to be a man or woman in the 21st century?

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One thing is for sure: It’s impossible to argue for nonviolence using the violent logic of Empire. Those of us who are committed to the nonviolent way of Jesus simply can’t explain our conviction in terms that the mainstream culture will find satisfying. The way of Empire is all about preemptive strikes ... But the way of Jesus leads us to the cross.

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by Brian McLaren
Too often, perversions of our world’s religious traditions make the daily news for their violence, corruption, greed, and prejudice. Meanwhile, authentic representatives of those traditions are often busy doing good — good that goes largely unnoticed.

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In trying to figure out how to overcome evil, it is often helpful to first decide how not to. Bill O’Reilly rightly condemns ISIS as evil, but he frames the conflict as a “holy war.” ... While it’s a common Fox practice to turn everything into a partisan issue against President Obama, O’Reilly is also spreading a very dangerous theology.

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