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'Demilitarize the Police!'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Across the country, police departments act more like an occupying army than keepers of the peace.  ...

Profiles in Courage
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope." ...

Infantry
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Bree Devones Hsieh I The crumpled woman pushes through the door and sees your plump limp limbs held tight in my buckled arms. She remembers holding such sweet eternity. ...

Fifty Days of Grace
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C HOW SHALL WE engage with scripture thro ...

St. Francis, Pray for Us
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 7:08am | Type: Blog

Today (Oct. 4) Christians around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the bright lights of the church and one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ...

Who is Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Amanda Slater | more info (via: Wylio)On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike ...

What Would Jonathan Edwards Say About Twitter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I play with my young son, walk to the grocery store, or wait for a subway, I feel the presence of emails I haven't answered, Facebook invites I haven't responded to, tweets I haven't sent. ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

Wisconsin Strengthens Ties Between Labor and Environment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Corporations have long used the false rhetoric of "jobs versus the environment" to pit what would be natural allies -- environmentalists and labor activists -- against one another. ...

Mr. President, Please Count the Costs in Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the commander and chief of ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of cr&egrave;che scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

As Civilian Casualties Spike in Afghanistan, New Attempts to Reward 'Courageous Restraint'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story together.</p> Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story ...

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 ...

The Radical Love of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598629326_5jZy4"></a>When I was a little girl, Easter morning in my house smelled of vi ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

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 ...

Biden vs. Cheney on Afghanistan, the Unpopularity of Lamentation, and Shutter Island
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Joe Biden appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows last week to defend the Obama administration from Dick Cheney's disgraceful attacks, which appear to suggest his earlier bloodlust has not yet be ...

Joseph Stack's Suicidal Terrorism: The Definition of Insanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I had thought we'd all agreed that flying airplanes into buildings full of office workers was not a legitimate form of protest, but the <em>Wall Street Journal's</em> <a href="htt ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Israel and Palestine: People Aren't the Enemy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Friday night we were the guests of a synagogue in West Jerusalem. It was beautiful to see the room full of Jewish families honoring God in song, reading, silence, and prayer. Frid ...

The Nazareth Declaration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">'The Manhattan Declaration.'</a> I ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

God Does not Heed my Snotty Opinions About Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God <a title="http://www.biblestudytools.com/OnlineStudyBible/bible.cgi?word=Mark+10%3A17-31&amp;section=0&amp;version=nrs&amp;new=1& ...

'We Are Defined as a Nation by How We Treat Those Who Have Chosen to Hurt Us'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release on compassionate grounds the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been ferociously and strongly condemned i ...

Nazis, Commies, and Manicheans in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would pick sides of American and Nazis. Of course, everyone wanted be the Americans, the good guys. I remember playing WWII as a boy. We would ...

Court-martialed for Christian Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There are good men (and certainly at least a few women) who have been slipping through the cracks within our military. Too often service members are not made fully aware of their rights under the Uni ...

How to Win a Culture War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one. The soul of our nation has been marred from a perpetual state of culture war. Want to know how to win a culture war? ...

Arab Christians Getting Overdue Recognition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was glad to see Daoud <a href="../2009/06/05/obama-reaches-out-to-palestinian-christians/">Kuttab's recent post on Obama and Arab Christians</a>. I wa ...

Combatants for Peace: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is <a href="http://www.combatantsforpeace.org/">Combatants for Peace</a>, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli ...

Was Iraq a Holy War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Despite the repeated attempts of former President George W. Bush to renege on his usage of the word "crusade" ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

Mocking Our Neighbor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/19/im-taking-down-all-my-miley-cyrus-and-jonas-brothers-posters/">Eugene Cho posted his thoughts</a> on how it hurt him and his children wh ...

Palestinian and Israeli Former Fighters Unite for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ishmael and Isaac, brothers of the same father and different mothers, together buried their father Abraham. Esau and Jacob, twin brother and rivals, reconciled. Ishmael and Isaac, ...

Torture and the Currency of Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>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 ...</p> ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...