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Sojo Stories: Dirty Wars
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Days before President Barack Obama's high-profile speech on drones and U.S. counterterrorism efforts, we sat down with investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to take an inside look at U.S.-led covert wars, ...

A Global Call for a New Social Covenant
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis "This is not merely a philosophical enterprise; it is an urgent matter that requires moral courage." ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Obama to Bring 33,000 Troops Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be." Such is the case with every child, every grandchild, and great grandchild -- those we know and those we will never meet. ...

Meet the Martinezes: One Family's Reach For the American Dream
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the [Lord], is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."</em> (James 1:27)& ...

Report From Afghanistan: The Human Toll of Obama's 'Good War'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/a-report-from-afghanistan-the-human-toll-of-obamas-good-war/" target="_self"></a>In December, as the United States entered the ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

Wall Street's Plastic -- and Poison -- Ivy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

If corporate fronts designed to look like grassroots efforts are known as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" targe ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

Christian Civility: The Test of Intra-Faith Relations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Recently, I read an article featuring a pastor with whom I had strong disagreements. The more I read, the less I liked -- and it was a long article. Recently, I read an article fe ...

My Hardest Working Students are Undocumented
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I am greatly saddened and angered by Congress' failure to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a> before Christmas last year. ...

Moral Measure of a Tax Plan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? In 2010, the moral measure of tax policy choice is: Does it ...

The DREAM Act is Not Amnesty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As members of Congress debate the DREAM Act once again, opponents of the act are again attacking the legislation as "<a href="http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/backdoor-amnesty-dream-act ...

The Story of One Unemployed Man
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

He has been working since he was a teenager. He graduated from high school, went to college, graduated, got a good job with a good company, married, had children, and bought a house. ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: Making Real the Promises of Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God's Politics will featur ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I first heard the announcement to rise for "the presentation of the colors," I didn't understand what that was. When I first heard the announcement to rise for ...

'What the Arizona?': Silence is not an Option in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>I know that there are many of you that are engagin ...

Video: Vulture Funds' Absurd Assaults on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to dance? Probably not. Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to da ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Arizona's lawmakers just keep finding ways to transform their xenophobia into law. First, they questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a legitimate holiday. Arizona ...

Arizona's Questionable Track Record on Race: MLK Day, Banning Ethnic Studies, and Regulating Accents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It wasn't that long ago that the state of Arizona did not recognize, in fact went out of its way to criticize, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It wasn't t ...

Pro Baseball Players Join Protest of Arizona Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Professional sports and political issues have traditionally remained separate. But the new immigration law in Arizona is closing that divide. Professional sports and political is ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the In ...

Echoes of Arizona: Illinois Congressional Candidate Stopped and Searched for Driving-While-Looking-Latino
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Early Saturday evening, three friends and I headed out to Chicago for dinner at a favorite restaurant in our old neighborhood (Pilsen). Early Saturday evening, three friends and I ...

'Reasonable Suspicion' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My college girlfriends and I had considered Arizona as a spot for a 40th b-day bash, but I'm not sure we'd pass muster. We've all been questioned before. My colle ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

Mennonite College Follows First Playing of National Anthem with St. Francis' Peace Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the beginning, <a href="../2010/03/01/mennonite-college-will-now-play-national-anthem-before-sporting-events/">I opposed Goshen's landmark decision </a>to play the national anth ...

Health-Care Reform: Hallelujah and Hallelujah Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Saturday when the House of Representatives passed the health-care reform bill and on Tuesday when President Obama signed it into law, many of us who have been advocating for health-care reform s ...

Health Care: Swiss Solidarity and the Scandalous 5%
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694002821_EoxB3"></a>Whew. The health-care bill passed. It isn't the complete overh ...

Video: Phone Calls from Papi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://facingdeportation.org/?page_id=7"></a>Linzi, a U.S. citize ...

A Pastor's Testimony of Redemption May End in Deportation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>Pastor Walter is experiencing firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system. Walter migra ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530254746_CFpJb"></a>The window is closing on comprehensive immigration ref ...

Regulating Wily Predators in Ecosystems and Economies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I've been obsessing about coyotes. A breedin ...

Mennonite College Will Now Play National Anthem Before Sporting Events
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Goshen (Ind.) College recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022002035_pf.html">unveiled its landmark decision</a> to play the national an ...

Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

Can Compassion for Haitians Extend to Other Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action -- through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred man ...

Trail of Dreams: Undocumented Students March from Miami to DC
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While many college students slept off their New Year's festivities, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/us/02immig.html">Gaby Pacheco, Juan Rodriguez, Felipe Matos, and Carlos Roa&l ...

The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

Faith, Hope, and the Advent of Health-care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches us to "give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (I Thessalonians 5:18). Biblical wisdom teaches us t ...

The U.S. Shouldn't Bless Honduras's Flawed Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with National Party leader Porfirio Lobo declared the winner.</p> Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with Nati ...

What's Wrong with a 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Voters in Maine and Washington state are being asked to vote this November on whether they want impose a rigid formula limit on state and local revenues and services. Voters in Ma ...

National Association of Evangelicals Provides Moral Model on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. 8 ...

Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html">contributed</a> much to the ...

Adam Smith Meets the Rich Young Ruler: Health Care and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wnFEbT1wwhs/StNETZJ93SI/AAAAAAAABEU/z_JR-1l974w/s1600-h/Adam_Smith.jpg"></a>For more than sixty years American presidents have tried to reform ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

The ACLJ and the Goldstone Report on Gaza War Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago I received a mass e-mail from the ACLJ. For those who don't get their daily dose of Christian talk radio, ACLJ stands for the American Center for Law and Justice. ...