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Why Peter Kassig Was the Islamic State’s Greatest Threat
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:20pm | 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 - 1:39pm | 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 - 1:00pm | 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 - 11:55am | 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 - 9:01am | 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 - 3:15pm | 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 - 2:17pm | 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 - 9:35am | 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 - 4:10pm | 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: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | 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 - 10:43am | 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 - 9:52am | 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 ...

Weekly Wrap 10.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’ The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering. 2. Lipstick and Seminary “Du ...

Weekly Wrap 10.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’ The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering. ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

How then ought Christ-followers respond to the religiously inspired violence perpetrated by groups like ISIS/ISIL? I believe that Christ-followers, while denouncing all forms of violence—especially religious v ...

Muslim Scholars Tell Islamic State: You Don’t Understand Islam
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms. ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

Episode 51: Does the United States Have a Responsibility to Act Against ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrea Seabrook ...

Ask Congressional Candidates: More War or Less Hunger?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Press

September 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Stephen Padre ...

Defeating ISIS Till Take More than Military Action
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Press

September 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Why I’m More Worried About Ebola Than ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

I have always believed that any alternative to war must still address the very real problems at hand — just in a more effective way. To say that “war is not the answer” is not only a moral statement but also i ...

“In Defense of Christians” Seeks to Protect Brethren from Egypt to Iraq
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Watching ancient Christian communities stand nearly defenseless as Islamic militants roll across swaths of the Middle East, coalitions of Christians are banding together to sound the alarm and demand government action. The most recent effort is a thr ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 8:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI Right About Islam?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Eight years ago this Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — e ...

Iraq: Humility is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Press

June 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

On Scripture: Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The God of Paul’s confession is about the work of using the worst the empire can do to overturn its so-called power, overturning it not with force but with the power of weeping women, terrified disciples, and ...

Weekly Wrap 9.5.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

1. Almost Like the Blues Canadian folk bard Leonard Cohen reads lyrics from one of his latest songs — a gentle, melancholy reflection on life and hope. 2. How Back-to-School Shopping Reinforces Gender Norms ...

After a Summer of Crisis, Churches Can't Go Back to Business As Usual
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. When churches conclude their ...

ON Scripture: A Strange Summer Vacation
Originally Posted: 09/02/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

“What did you do on your summer vacation?” Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. Maybe you wrote such a paper years ago. No matter what you did or w ...

Weekly Wrap 8.29.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Photo Essay: On the Ground in Israel and Gaza Two photographers spent the beginning of August chronicling the latest outbreak of violence for New York Times Magazine. The images tell the story of war. ...

Is James Foley a Martyr?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, w ...

Pope to Iraqi President: ‘I Appeal to You with My Heart Full of Pain’
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis wrote to the president of Iraq, calling for an end to the “brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities” and urging political leaders to end the humanitarian crisis in the country ...

James Foley’s Parents Draw on Faith After Journalist Son’s Execution
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television Wednesday to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their son, conflict journalist James Foley. ...

Islamic Militias Continue Spread Beyond the Middle East Into African Nations
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

An Islamist group has gained ground in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi, declaring it an Islamic territory and raising fears that radical Islamist militias may spread in the rest of Africa. The declar ...

Needed: An International Strategy in Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

If military action needs to be taken to protect civilians from further ISIS aggression, it should be multilateral not unilateral. American leadership no doubt will remain important, but the authorization for a ...

Where is the Joy?
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

How do you talk about joy in times like these and not sound like a traveling salesman with a bottle of snake oil up his sleeve? Recently, I received word that Robert Gittelson, the cofounder of Conservatives ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

Islamic Extremists Impose Reign of Terror on Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women ...

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution. THE DEEPENING CRISIS grippi ...

Behind #WeAreN: 'If One Group Is Marked, We're All Marked'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

A Muslim movement that says, “We are all Christians,” is subversive in the most daring of ways. It taunts the Islamic State and says to suffering neighbors, “Doctrine aside, we see your humanity. You should no ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

We have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. As people of faith, we are called to speak the trut ...

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 07/05/2014 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 7.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1.  Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case Five things to know about one of the biggest Supreme Court de ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...