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Divest from Terrorism: The Achilles' Heel of Terror
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Tackling their finances is perhaps the most effective way of restricting terrorist groups.  ...

How Fear and Ignorance Keep Working
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

How did fear of federal government takeover grip Texas to the point that the governor himself would take official action? I had to check my calendar to make sure I wasn’t a month ...

5 Takeaways from the New Report by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

The independent watchdog panel created by Congress to monitor religious freedom conditions worldwide issued its 16th annual report last week. The independent watchdog panel create ...

Islamic State’s Sophisticated Recruiting Campaign Poses Persistent Threat in U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The campaign is finding resonance from urban metros to the American heartland. The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State ...

Weekly Wrap 4.24.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Loretta Lynch finally confirmed ... #InfertilityAwarenessWeek ... Ranking the World's Happiness ... Starbucks Sending Baristas to College ... and more, in the Weekly Wrap! ...

Global response needed
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Press

March 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Donald Rea ...

"This is how we fight terrorism": Saving Syria's sacred music
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 3:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett The destruction and looting of art and historical sites in Syria is " the worst cultural disaster since the Second World War,” according to anthropologist ...

Boko Haram Pledges Loyalty to Islamic State
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s leader has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a new audio message, according to a group that monitors extremist activity. Boko Haram’s leader has pledged all ...

The Power of Peacebuilding
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright A military-only strategy won't defeat ISIS, and may even make things worse.  THE PEACE M ...

Resisting ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maria J. Stephan Surprisingly, acts of civil resistance in Syria and Iraq have shown success against the so-called Islamic State.  ...

Christian Pathos vs. ISIS Pathos
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Press

March 3, 2015 Sojo in the News Carole Ganim ...

Do Christian pacifists have a solution for stopping ISIS?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 11:11am | Type: Press

March 3, 2015 Sojo in the News Micah Bales ...

Nonviolence in the Face of ISIS?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

One thing is for sure: It’s impossible to argue for nonviolence using the violent logic of Empire. Those of us who are committed to the nonviolent way of Jesus simply can’t explain our conviction in terms that ...

Southern Baptists Urge Obama to Defend ‘the Least of These’ against ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

The letter was released just before the Jewish holiday of Purim, which recalls the deliverance of Persian Jews by Queen Esther. Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd ...

5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 5:39pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Weekly Wrap 2.27.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

The last meals of inmates on death row, net neutrality, Jim Inhofe's snowball, and what science has to say about #TheDress debate. 1.  PHOTOS: Painter Immortalized Las ...

Islamic State Refugees Grow Disgruntled: ‘We Loved Them so Much’
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Hassan, a chain-smoking 20-year-old from Syria, sits in a cafe across the border from his homeland, one of thousands who escaped the clutches of the Islamic State group. Hassan, a ...

5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

While Bill O’Reilly rightly condemns ISIS as evil, he frames the conflict as a “holy war” that ISIS is waging against the West, Christians, and anyone else who does not share ISIS’ extreme views. ... While it ...

ISIS Versus the West: A Clash of Civilizations?
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Is the Islamic State — ISIS or ISIL — different from other Islamist terror groups? If so, is the difference one of substance or simply degree? Or is there any real difference at all? ...

Bill O’Reilly Battles It Out With Liberal Pastor Over ‘Holy War’ and the Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:10am | Type: Press

February 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

It Takes a Life Cult to Beat a Death Cult
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Press

February 23, 2015 Sojo in the News John Grant ...

Confronting the Jihad
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Bill O'Reilly ...

Pastor to O’Reilly: ISIS Will Take Advantage of Your ‘Holy War’ Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Matt Wilstein ...

Weekly Wrap 2.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

1. Because Extreme Cold Always Brings Climate Deniers Out of the Woodwork … Bill Nye, yep, the Science Guy, offers the media this helpful prompting: “‘Let’s not confuse or interchange climate change with glob ...

4 Questions to Ask Before We Wish Death Upon ISIS
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

With the unimaginable evils being committed by ISIS and other terror groups around the world, many Christians are calling for their violent destruction — some even voluntarily taking up arms. At first glance t ...

Taking Lent to Repent
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Lent must be a time to reflect and repent — in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It’s time to turn around. I spent yesterday at the World Bank, where President Ji ...

Violence Begets Violence: ISIS and its Origins
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

These days ISIS, more than any other global power, evokes the specter of violence and death. Boko Haram kidnaps girls by the thousands. The Soviets —I mean, the Russians acting like Soviets — impose their violent will on the Ukraine. Terror abounds all ...

Pope Francis Condemns Islamic State’s Executions of Christians in Libya
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 16 denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.” ...

Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Say Islamic State Represents True Islam
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say the Islamic State terrorist group offers a true representation of Islamic society, according to a pair of new surveys by LifeWa ...

Kayla Mueller's Words on Faith from Captivity
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

While circumstances of her death remain unclear, details of the young woman's life and work have emerged in the last 24 hours, as family and friends share memories of her compassion for those in need. ...

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

Our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Homegrown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us. This  post  first appeared on BillM ...

Obama Compares ISIS to Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery, and Jim Crow. Was He Right?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Christians should not be insulted by the facts of history. Rather, all of us should be inspired by them to recognize the dangers of extremism — wherever they lie. The conservativ ...

'God Always Provides'
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cynthia J. Martens A priest in Jordan opens his church's doors to Iraqis fleeing ISIS.  REV. KHALIL JAAR ...

4 Things You Need to Know About Terrorism and Religion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Here are four things you need to know about the relationship between the archaic sacred and violence and how that relationship threatens our world. After my article on the ter ...

Weekly Wrap 12.19.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Hero mom calls into C-SPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons Whether or not your family expects heated political debate over the holidays, you''ll appreciate the way this mom quiets her sons. ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

For most of recorded history, Isis was an Egyptian goddess, a benevolent type who cared for widows and orphans, cured the sick and even brought the dead back to life. This year, the world met the other ISIS. ...

Collateral Damage
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 3:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Does Christianity have a future in Iraq?  THE U.S. AND other nations are increasingly aware th ...

The Long Reconciliation: Iraq In the Time of ISIS
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

For Christians in Iraq, a foundational creed of the faith is facing a sticking point. The creed is itself a challenge to human nature — “But I say to you, love your enemies; bless those who curse you; do good ...

Why Peter Kassig Was the Islamic State’s Greatest Threat
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as he called himself after a conversion to Islam, was the greatest threat the Islamic State faced. He provided relief and comfort to those in need. He practiced mercy and compassion, and i ...

The Oracle of Certainty: From Ancient Athens to ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Though we no longer sacrifice to the gods or consult Oracles, I am afraid that we are still victim to the curse of knowing the end of things. I’m talking about the sense of inevitability that comes from politi ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Running from ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

I found the courage and fortitude of these displaced Iraqi Christians inspiring. Despite the hardships they faced and the daunting challenge of creating a new life in a new land, they remain faithful. ...

This Veterans Day, Work for Peace
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the latest escalation of the U.S. “war on terror,” it’s time to remember the origin of Veterans Day. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the commemoration of Armistice Day on Nov. 11 with the exhortation, “the recurring anniversar ...

VIDEO: Not in Our Name
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community.  When facing a new threat, it ...

Don’t Forget the Nigerian Schoolgirls, or Girls’ Education
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is as much a threat to the women and girls of Nigeria as the Islamic State is to these same people in Iraq and Syria. And neither the U.S. nor the world can afford to allow one terrorist group to go ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The campaign wasn’t about the most important issues facing the country. Here’s what we should be talking about. In Tuesday’s elections, most voters didn’t see their candidates as ...

How To Overcome Evil
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We cannot undermine or defeat a group that we do not understand.  LIKE MUCH OF the world, I’ve bee ...

An Eerie Calm: Iraqi Christians Anxiously Ponder Their Future
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The people of Alqosh have defended themselves in the face of many would-be invaders throughout the centuries, he said, but now “we are living cautiously; every family is ready to flee.” ...

Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and ...