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The Hypocrisy of War

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they all?
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We Must Pray and Act for Japan

Once again, we are seeing human and environmental tragedy. In Japan, a natural disaster has destroyed all human attempts for control.
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Rediscovering Values for Lent: Seeing Signs of Sickness

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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The Theological Mistake of the King Hearings

There is no doubt, terrorism is real. And there are small groups of terrorists who threaten countless innocents across the world. They are waging a battle on two fronts.
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Rediscovering Values for Lent: What is Idolatry?

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of FOX News on Teachers

I like teachers. My three sisters are teachers in the public schools. They are all very good teachers; Teri won teacher of the year in her district. Two of my wonderful brother-in-laws are, or have been, teachers. One of my nephews just got accepted to Teach for America.
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Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?

In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress just passed a measure that will avoid a government shutdown for at least the next two weeks. This means that there is still time to protect the poor and most vulnerable during the budget debate.
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Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan

In November, 2010, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan. He became one of now nearly 1,500 young Americans to die there.
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'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team, but also on the debate team, and this weekend his school competed with ten others. It was fascinating to watch and fun to be there. The topics of debate included statements such as, "All private citizens should be prohibited from owning a hand gun," and "Social media networks should have a minimum age of 18 or older to be a member." They have previously taken up subjects like "Should the U. S. leave Afghanistan?" "Is torture ever justified?" and "Should the Redskins (our local NFL football team) change their name?" Joy and I thought it was pretty cool that a public middle school would even have a debate team, with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders taking up subjects like that, and it helped draw us to Alice Deal Middle School.

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This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.

The current budget and deficit debate in America is now dominating the daily headlines. There is even talk of shutting down the government if the budget-cutters don't get their way.
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The Solution in Afghanistan: Get Out

In as clear a statement as has been made, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep.
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This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011.
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A Letter to Young Egyptian Protesters, From a Veteran U.S. Activist

I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in Tahrir Square, even on this momentous F
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Budget Cuts and Bad Faith

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut $43 billion in domestic spend
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'Dad, What is Rape?'

The Super Bowl was a good football game and the team I liked best won -- the Green Bay Packers. The team is owned by its city, not some narcissistic rich guy, and I like that.
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Why Are the Big Banks Still So Bad?

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau convened their first roundtable of religious leaders at the White House. Why does this matter?
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Closer to God, Closer to the Poor: A President's Speech

I was able to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning and noted two important things about
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Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now

By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of President Hosni Mubarak that sent thousands of armed thugs into Tahrir Square and the streets of Cairo yesterday to bring violence to w
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