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Sweet Soul Paradox
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The glory of the FAME studio had its roots in the deep shame of rural Southern poverty. O ...

Love Has No Borders: How Faith Leaders Resisted Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

On April 27, 2011, 62 killer tornadoes ripped through Alabama, destroying homes, lives, and entire communities. Two weeks later, another disaster struck Alabama — HB56, the most draconian anti-immigrant law pa ...

Watch the Vote: Supreme Court Effectively Kills Voting Rights Act
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 6:38am | Type: Blog

Blood had to flow from Edmund Pettus Bridge to prompt Congress to craft its original list, which was still largely viable. I fear blood may have to flow again before Congress and the will of the American publi ...

50 Years Later, Recalling the Young ‘Foot Soldiers’ of the Civil Rights Struggle
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In May 1963, thousands of Birmingham school children faced police dogs, fire hoses, and possible arrest to demonstrate against segregation. Now, 50 years later, those who were part of what became known as the ...

Alabama Senator Denies the Moral Responsibility of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions recently made the claim that there is no “moral or legal responsibility to reward somebody who entered the country [without documentation].” The momentu ...

The Forgotten
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

Immigration is not my problem — deportation, not my concern. My family will never be personally harmed by the injustices of a broken system. But I care about immigration reform because injustice is here. I car ...

Hearing Stories of the Past
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

I especially remember grandpa’s stories about his childhood on the family dairy farm in Greenville, S.C. in the 1920s. I liked to hear stories about the black folks who came and worked with him and his family ...

Congressman John Lewis Tells the Story of the March from Selma to Montgomery (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

Congressman John Lewis boarded my bus from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, and this living testament to nonviolent activism told us his story. This past weekend, The Faith and Politi ...

Immigration Reform: The Only Way to Solve America’s Agricultural Woes
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

As a Georgia resident I can tell you first hand the negative effects hardlined immigration policies have on rural communities whose economies depend on agriculture. America is in ...

Will Alabama’s Governor Listen to the Faith Community?
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

In parts of Alabama, the government profits when people go to prison. The state’s justice system has become rife with injustice. Over the past few weeks, Christians have written A ...

Alabama Needs to Put People Before Profits
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could land you in prison. Living in poverty has always been a struggle, but in Alabama being poor could lan ...

No Turning Back: Alabama Anti-Immigrant Laws Unite Opposition
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Their efforts to rid Alabama of ethnic diversity has backfired on them, bringing forth a multicultural, bilingual movement that would not have emerged in Alabama for another 50 years were it not for HB 56 and ...

Alabama Pastor's Take on Latest Anti-Immigrant Legislation
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

In my beloved Alabama, where 3 percent of the population (largely Hispanic) is estimated to be undocumented, our state government has created the harshest and most egregious anti-immigrant laws in the country. ...

Alabama’s Indefensible New Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Last week, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made a morally indefensible decision. He signed HB 658, which intensifies the climate of fear that already hangs over Alabama like low dark clouds before a hurricane. ...

Immigration: Joel Osteen Gets Political
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

In an uncharacteristic move, televangelist and bestselling author Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, stepped into the political arena briefly to talk about Alabama's House Bi ...

Faith Leaders Target Alabama's Immigration Bill With Ad
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, a diverse group of faith leaders in Alabama released a television ad targeting Alabama's HB 56 -- the worst anti-immigrant law in the country. Yesterday,  a div ...

G92, Immigration Reform, and a Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

I was in Birmingham to speak at the G92 South Conference, a one-day conference at Samford University to challenge students to think about God's commands regarding immigrants. ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 29, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

REUTERS: GDP Revised Up To 3 Percent In Fourth-Quarter The economy grew a bit faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter on slightly firmer consumer and business spending, which could help to allay fears of a sharp slowdown in growth in e ...

Ten Commandments Judge Wants His Old Job Back
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

MOBILE, Ala. — You might think a candidate's ouster from the post he is seeking to regain would play a central role in a statewide election. Yet Republican Roy Moore's forced exit, almost a decad ...

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and G92
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Whether what is happening in Alabama as a result of this law — and, as the program reveals, a great deal is happening, even if most of us outside of the state aren’t paying attention — was the intention of the ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

POLITICO: Obama: Jesus Would Tax The Rich President Barack Obama tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith on Thursday, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’ teachings have led him to that ...

MUST LISTEN: This American Life’s “Alien Experiment”
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in U.S., and for years addressing this issue has come in two forms: deportation or citizenship. But recently, there’s a third option on the table: self-deportation. This approach, which involves ...

Immigration Reformer Scott Douglas Faces the Colbert Nation
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

On Monday's Colbert Report, Sojourners friend and Civil Rights activist Scott Douglas, discussed the overturn of Alabama's immigration law with host (and potential presidential candidate) Stephen Col ...

Immigration: Alabama is Organizing... Again!
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

I felt like I had been transported back to a black, white and sepia toned era, but these events took place over the last six months! Those who follow me on Twitter know that o ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It? No one seriously disputes the fact that students from disadvantaged househ ...

The Afternoon News: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS: Top 10 Reasons Alabama’s New Immigration Law Is A Disaster For The State’s Economy Alabama’s new imm ...

The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Bishops Should Focus On Economy, On Deficit Reduction... THE WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH):  U.S. Bishops Should Focus On Economy As the American Catholic bishops gather f ...

The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

News: Monday Morning Quick Links (Updated)
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet Some on the Left suggest that if were Jesus alive today he ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Why Homelessness Is Becoming An Occupy Wall Street Issue Why Homelessness Is Becoming An Occupy Wall Street Issue As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encam ...

D.C. says no to ICE
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The District of Columbia has no voting representation in Congress, and our city government hasn't always been the best. But yesterday, D.C. The District of Columbia has no v ...

Alabama Immigration News Roundup
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Alabama Workers Skip Work to Protest Immigration Laws THE HUFFINGTON POST: Hey Alabama, Take A Hint From California ASSOCIATED PRESS: Alabama Workers Ski ...

Deadlines and the Death Penalty: The Case of Corey R. Maples
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The ink was barely dry on the death certificate for Troy Davis, executed by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21, when the U.S. The ink was barely dry on the death certificate ...

The Lawyer, the Bible, and the Governor
Originally Posted: 05/06/2011 - 2:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Pace Hamill How the Bible, a newspaper article, and simple biblical ethics put a Southern law professor at the cutting edge of a tax ...