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Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' a Needed Depiction of Torture
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

While there are scenes of physical torture onscreen, the film doesn’t show them in graphic detail — to the point where it almost feels that Stewart isn’t going as deep with the subject matter as he could have. ...

Pope Francis Blasts Supermax Prisons as ‘Torture’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis said Oct. 23 that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment. “All Christians and people of good ...

Vatican Defends Record on Sexual Abuse to UN Panel
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has effectively addressed the “worldwide scourge” of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade and promoted the reporting of allegations to both church and legal authorities, a United Nations pane ...

Sarah Palin’s Dying Breed of Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Most people in their right minds consider Sarah Palin’s statement about using waterboarding to “baptize” terrorists as insensitive at the very least. It further reinforces the notion that she will say or do ne ...

Sarah Palin and the Beauty of Baptism
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin used baptism as a metaphor for waterboarding terrorists . Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin u ...

CIA Torture Report Ought to Disturb All Our Consciences
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

At Easter, Christians celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. But in light of new revelations of the CIA’s abhorrent acts of torture, it’s the United States that needs resurrection, too. ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

WATCH: 'There's Nothing Faithful About Torture'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners supports the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). NRCAT recently released five Youtube videos to counter the claims found in pop-culture that torture is acceptable. ...

Mr. Obama, Close Down This Jail!
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Guantanamo reminds us of the fragility of constitutional democracy. PUBLIC PRESSURE IS finall ...

Who Will Save the Guantanamo 92?
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

The Guantanamo prisoners began hunger striking on Feb. 6 after guards confiscated their Korans to examine them for contraband. ... Fueling the strike is the men’s loss of hope of ever leaving Guantanamo alive, ...

To Redeem the Soul of America
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 8:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all. AT TIMES I ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees, Part 3
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

This week, in the run-up to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, we've been taking a look at each of the Best Picture nominees, the stories they tell, and the spiritual questions (and answers) they offe ...

Oscars and the Big Picture
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins We shouldn't really expect the Oscars to grasp the point of history, though this year the films nominated for Best Pi ...

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Tortures the Truth About Interrogations
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Nothing was tortured more in the making of Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty than the truth about torture. Nothing was tortured more in the making of Kathryn Bigelow’s fil ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 3)
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

This is part three of a three-part series from Dr. Miroslav Volf an a voice instructing us how to involve our values into our present politcal debates. Editor's Note:  ...

The Lamb and the Beast
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Ron Browning Revelations abound when refugees study the Bible's last book. WHEN A GROUP of refugees from ...

Jimmy Carter Tries to Pull the Log from America’s Eye
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Carter’s confessions to foreign leaders are not merely symbolic — as though he must search for a token American violation in order to get a foot in the door with those who perpetrate the really bad things. Des ...

War and Peace and the President
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Yale Professor David Bromwich analyses President Obama's foreign policy for The Huffington Post. Yale Professor  David Bromwich  analyses President Obama's foreign pol ...

On Anniversary of Bin Laden's Death, Heated Debate about Torture Use
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

The anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hand of U.S. troops has reawakened the political controversy over the use of torture. The anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s deat ...

Destroying Our Rights to Save Them
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dianna Ortiz The U.S. government continues to claim the authority to detain and kill without trial. IT IS WEL ...

The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Bishops Should Focus On Economy, On Deficit Reduction... THE WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH):  U.S. Bishops Should Focus On Economy As the American Catholic bishops gather f ...

News: Monday Morning Quick Links (Updated)
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet BIG GOVERNMENT: Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet Some on the Left suggest that if were Jesus alive today he ...

Jesus: We Interrupt This Execution to Bring You a Message of Grace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 9:02pm | Type: Blog

Last night, death was interrupted when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for a Texas man convicted of a double murder in Houston in 1995. Last night, dea ...

The Body in Pain
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 4:10am | Type: Magazine Article

Robin Kirk What do people of faith have to say about torture? When Mel Gibson premiered The Passion of t ...

From the Editors
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 6:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Using online and wireless communication to organize large, diverse groups of people has been a key component of the nonviolent ...

What Do People of Faith Have To Say About Torture?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:52pm | Type: Blog

In 1998, when former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan announced June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, he stated, "This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

The First Nonviolent Revolution? The Resurrection.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As Lent ends and the Holy Triduum begins, my mind turns to resurrection. Perhaps a bit too soon as the Good Friday death of Jesus and his descent into darkness is still impending. ...

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 ...

Burning Anger and Small-Minded Men
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive," <a href="http://foxvzw-news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=42386587&amp;afid=1&amp;pg1=2501" targe ...

'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team. I spent all day Saturday at a middle-schoo ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

Guantanamo: When Will It Get Foreclosed?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Please keep in your prayers those who are fasting and praying at the U.S. capitol between January 11 to 21, keeping vigil for the closing of the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo. As an opening to their prayer vi ...

American 'Exceptionalism' Can Degenerate Into Superiority
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There has been a fascinating and important dialogue going on this week over at the <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/" target="_blank"><em>Washington ...

Is the Cordoba House "Insensitive"?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">"Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. "Yes, Muslims have the constitutional right ...

A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land. Fatu was 25 years old when her father and hi ...

Psalm 94 and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Psalm 94 is not my psalm, and perhaps it's not yours either. Psalm 8; Psalm 23; Psalm 100. They get a lot of air time because they really speak to us. Psalm 94 is not my ps ...

Christian Militias, Revelation, and Christ's Consistent Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the most important subjects addressed in my recent book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books& ...

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 ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>My alarm went off at 5 a.m. today. As I sat up and unzipped my sleeping bag, a gust of Oklahoma wind bitterly ushered me into a new day. Drops of rain splashed my face, extinguishing the last few embe ...

Still-Open Wounds
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Two days after his inauguration, President Obama signed orders to end the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation tool and t ...

Human Rights in China: Google and Gao Zhisheng
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Google's vow to pull out of China last month was partly based on the discovery that human rights activists' Gmail accounts had been hacked into, purportedly by Chinese intelligence. As a hum ...

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 ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

Americans Listening to Palestinians Listening to Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt that we couldn't take much more. What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt tha ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

Obama's Brand of American Exceptionalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/17/obamas-nobel-speech-violence-and-nonviolence-naivete-and-realism/">As I suggested in my previous post</a>, I was troubled by some elements of the ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...