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War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Press

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

War Is Not the Answer
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 5:21pm | 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 - 9:51am | 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 - 9:23am | 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 - 4:48pm | 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 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

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

On Scripture: Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 1:51pm | 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 - 4:00pm | 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 - 4:15pm | 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 - 3:09pm | 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 - 2:24pm | 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 - 9:45am | 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 - 9:02am | 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 - 4:01pm | 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 - 4:55pm | 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 - 10:26am | 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: 08/13/2014 - 1:35pm | 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 - 9:59am | 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 - 4:48pm | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 9:15am | 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 - 2:56pm | 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 - 8:12am | 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 - 9:51am | 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 ...