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Torture and the Currency of Human Rights

In this land that has inherited through our forebears the noblest understandings of the rule of law, our government has deliberately chosen the way of barbarism ...
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Slumdog Millionaire's India: My Sobering Reality

The movie Slumdog Millionaire and the Booker Prize-winning novel
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Inauguration Journal: Scattered Thoughts Over Four Days of History

It's a better country than I thought it was. I honestly wouldn't have thought this possible. I guess I would have agreed with the older generation of African Americans in my neighborhood: This day would never come in our lifetimes-but here it is.
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Seeking Common Ground for Abortion Reduction on Roe vs. Wade Anniversary

Some call this the March for Life day, others the Roe day. It has been a day that divides us.
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God's Inaugural Spokespersons

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.
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Video: Dr. Sharon Watkins' Sermon at the National Prayer Service

090121-sharon-watkinsDisciples of Christ General Minister and President (and Sojourners Board member) Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins delivered this sermon, "Harmonies of Liberty," during the National Prayer Service in Washington, D.C.

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Video and Transcript: Rev. Joseph Lowery's Inauguration Benediction

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee.
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Video and Transcript: Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation

Here's the video and the transcript of Rick Warren's prayer at the inaugural ceremony, for your reference and comment:
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20th January, 2009

On 20th January, 2009, I turned on my radio to listen to the news and heard these words from the leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe: "Today is probably one of the darkest d
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Obama's Inauguration Speech: Tough Love

President Obama's inaugural address might not have been one for the ages. But it certainly was the right one for the moment.
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