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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. Yet, unlike previous wars, the cost of this war is touching only a very small percentage of Americans -- less than 1 percent of the population is in the armed forces, leaving most of the public unaware of what is happening.
You'll be hearing in coming days, if you haven't already, about the What Would Jesus Cut? campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good people of Sojourners.
Growing up in the Bible belt in East Tennessee, I can remember an entire campaign built around "What Would Jesus Do?" There were WWJD bracelets, stickers, and t-shirts.
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. There is no doubt that excessive deficits are a moral issue and could leave our children and grandchildren with crushing debt. But what the politicians and pundits have yet to acknowledge is that how you reduce the deficit is also a moral issue.
Blogging for The Huffington Post, Christopher LaTondresse, of Recovering Evangelical, references a recent God's Politics blog post by Duane Shank.
Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear that some of the proposed budget cuts would slash programs that save the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet.
I hope that somehow, through the vast network we call social media, this gets to you in Tahrir Square, even on this momentous Friday.
Paul Pardi, of Philsophy News Service, writes on the evolution of religion in the U.S., and quotes a previously-written piece by Rev. Wallis.
House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut $43 billion in domestic spending and international aid, while increasing spending for military and defense by another $8 billion. This proposal comes just months after billions of dollars were added to the deficit with an extension of tax cuts to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.
Amid the protests in Egypt, a former student e-mailed me, writing that he and other Egyptian Christians in the streets were protesting alongside Muslim and other demonstrators. It led me to ask where U.S. Christians stand amid the inspiring drive for new freedoms waged by Arab peoples -- in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and maybe elsewhere to come.