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Supreme Court to Consider Religious Prayer At Government Meetings
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

In a case that could determine restrictions on expressions of faith in the public square, the Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider religious prayers that convene government meetings. ...

Immigration: Local v. Federal Battle Still Raging
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's immigration laws, the battle between legislators at the local and federal level is still raging.   Despite the recent ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

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 ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

Bringing the Church Together for Justice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

After having spoken at the Greenbelt Festival in England a number of times now, we at the Center for Action and Contemplation always hoped and planned that we create a similar festival for spiritualit ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

His Name is Potlako
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

His name is Potlako. Potlako means "earlier than expected," I suppose he was named Potlako because he was either a premature baby or he followed soon -- too soon -- after his elder brother. ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

The Power of the People of Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After 18 days of ever-growing protests, Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman went on state television with a terse <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12433045" target="_bla ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

The Plowshares 8: Thirty Years On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

While imprisoned after his 1967 <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/pics67-73.htm">Baltimore 4 action</a>, Philip Berrigan, in his <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ...

How Much Are We Willing to Sacrifice to Have Cheap Gasoline?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Sometimes I think we forget whose country this is. Woody Guthrie said it a long time ago: "This land is your land, this lan ...

Flag vs. Font: Pledging Our Allegiance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">"You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever." (The Book of Common Prayer) " ...

Iran's Nuclear Deal: A Success for Sanctions Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turkey and Brazil is a positive development that deserves U.S. support. The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turke ...

New Research on Why Nonviolence Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was in a "webinar" (live online presentation thingy) recently with <a href="http://echenoweth.faculty.wesleyan.edu/" target="_blank">Erica Chenoweth</a> from Wesley ...

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 ...

King Coal: Ruling Principality and Power in West Virginia
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1006"></a>In this month's Sojourners, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action= ...

Mother's Day Challenges
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mother's Day is a challenge. While advertisements evoke misty eyed memories and quaint appreciation for mothers, the truth is that Mother's Day began as a call to action by Julia Ward Howe. ...

Dispatch from Prison: How Strong Is Hope?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In my daily prayer book, the morning antiphon for today said: "The Lord chose these holy men for their unfeigned love In my daily prayer book, the morning antiph ...

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 ...

Arizona Immigration Conflagration News Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The media The media Social comments and analytics Social comments and analytics for this post... This post was mentioned on Twitter by sojourners: #Arizona #Imm ...

Who's to Blame for the Continuing Tragedy in Coal Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The heart-chilling news flashed through West Virginia's Coal River valley, a darkening pall on the blue sky afternoon of April 5, 2010, one day after Easter's hope-filled celebration of resurrectio ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

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 ...

Passover for Non-Jews and 'the Bread of Affliction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In preparing a Passover seder in which many of my guests are first-timers and non-Jews, I am challenged by a number of factors: There is the barrier of language -- some of the texts that we read ar ...

America's Health Care: Paying More for Poorer Outcomes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694013928_MMBJm"></a>Soon, they tell us, Congress will or will not pass a health-care bi ...

50,000 Pesos for Jorge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> It's after dinner at Casa del Migrante in Tijuana, Mexi ...

Cut the Deficit--Cut Military Spending
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to Congress this week, totals $3.8 trillion and projects a deficit of $1.6 trillion. President Obama's 2011 budget, submitted to ...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

After one tumultuous year in office, President Barack Obama used his first <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-state-union-address">State of the Union address& ...

A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past preside ...

Governments, a Kingdom Agenda, and Reading Scripture Badly
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A popular argument amongst political conservatives goes like this: while they grant that Scripture requires concern and care for the poor and marginalized, that concern is one to be addressed by in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Honduras: The Time Is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On September 21st, President Manuel Zelaya <a href="http://americasmexico.blogspot.com/2009/09/zelayas-return-to-tegucigalpa-brings.html" target="_blank">returned</a> clandestin ...

Government-Run Health Plans and the 'American Way of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Tea-totaling party animals are crying the mantra of the Ghosts of Conservatives-past, "Blankety blank blank will change our American way of life!" Now all the president's men and women -- especi ...

Remember 9/11, Lament Violence, Invest in Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As we remember the eighth anniversary of the Sept. As we remember the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we join our voices with the psalmist in a cry of lament: "Ho ...

Is National Health Care Hazardous to Your Health? Check the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting that cancer survival rates are much higher in the U.S. than in various European countries. Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting ...

Health Care in the UK: An Astonishing Example of Communitarian Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sometime in the spring of 1974, my world was somewhat disturbed by the event of my conception, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sometime in the spring of 1974, my world was somewhat ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

Peru: People and Rainforests in Peril
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dozens Dozens Dear SOJOURNERS,We call upon Christians around the world to express their solidarity in light of the recent acts of deplorable violence in the Peruvian A ...

Yearning for Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Since the signing of the agreement that led to a government of "national unity," there was an expectation that this could be the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. Since t ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

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 ...