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Could the U.S. Be Moving to a State of Perpetual War?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

One might think that three wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya -- would be enough. Apparently, for the United States military apparatus, it's not. One might think that three war ...

More Financial Madness
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Here is part two of my thoughts on the financial situation that the United States faces. Our nation needs a jobs bill. The country needs a second stimulus bill. Here is part two o ...

Debt Showdown Reveals an Out-of-Touch Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

God only knows what alternative universe the United States Congress occupies. On May 31, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill to raise the debt limit of the United States. ...

Friday Links Round Up: Ice Cream. Capitalism. The End of the World.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:40pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: John Kerry. House Withdrawal Legislation. Poppy Fields.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

An Undocumented Student's Message to Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">We want actions, not words.</p> We want actions, not words. For nearly two decades I've called the United States of Ame ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Afghanistan: No More Excuses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over. ...

The Education of An (Unlikely) Immigrant Advocate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note: </strong><em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

One Pastor's Journey to America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note</strong>: <em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Afghan Mothers. Taliban. Osama bin Laden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Bin Laden's Gone -- Now Let's End the War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The killing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda. ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

God Bless Donald Trump and the Birthers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. Matthew 5:43-44 ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

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. ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

The Medicaid Card: A Useless Piece of Plastic?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The other day I saw a quote from <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/health/policy/02medicaid.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=NICOLE%20R.%20DARDEAU&amp;st=cse" target=" ...

Friday Links Round Up: Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/01/friday-links-round-up-afghanistan-geography-game-jimwallis/" target="_self"></a>Afghanistan. Geography Game. @jimwallis. Here&# ...

Why I am Joining the Fast: Global Hunger is Getting Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After my teenage granddaughter returned recently from a service experience in Uganda, sponsored by American Jewish World Service, she remarked that she would never again say she's "starving" on ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On the morning of Saturday, March 25, 1911 more than 600 employees, mostly immigrant women, reported for work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. On the morning o ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

Protecting the EPA's Authority to Help Overcome Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As I discuss more fully in my book, <a href="http://creationcare.org/blog.php?blog=19" target="_blank"><em>Global Warming and the Risen LORD</em></a>, in the United ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

In the Wake of Japan Disaster, Must We Accept Nuclear Power?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy reported today that it had detected low levels of airborne radiation at the Yokosuka and Atsugi bases, about 200 miles to the north of the Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors. ...

Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised. The clock is ticking toward a July decision by Pre ...

Rep. Keith Ellison Testifies Against Hateful Bigotry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/11/rep-keith-ellison-testifies-against-hateful-racism/" target="_self"></a>During my Lenten journey this year, I will be looking t ...

Rep. King is Saying 'No' in the Face of Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">At the climax of <em>The King's Speech</em>, I held my breath with the rest of the packed audience and hoped to God that history was kind to King G ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

Report From Afghanistan: The Human Toll of Obama's 'Good War'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/a-report-from-afghanistan-the-human-toll-of-obamas-good-war/" target="_self"></a>In December, as the United States entered the ...

Is Facebook Changing the World?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

In recent weeks, Facebook and other social media have clearly demonstrated their capacity to do far more than just allow us to keep in touch with our family and friends. In recent ...

When Will 3.5 Million Palestinians Get Their Chance For Freedom?
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:13am | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Sheikh-Jarrah-February-11-2011/15817766_oNNEG#1185436967_Pd7Jf" target="_blank"></a>I must confess I was ...

Still Missing in the Arab World: Assembly and Free Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, I established AmmanNet, the Arab world's first Internet radio that used technology to create audio and text content freely. Ten years ago, I established AmmanN ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

Come Together to Combat Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Duke Divinity School is hosting an inter-faith conference on torture from March 25 to 26, with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), the Duke Human Rights Center, and the North C ...

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/16/what-would-you-do-with-1-trillion/" target="_self"></a>The United States has already spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and <a hr ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

Democratization: Another Mountain to Climb in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain. We work ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania. I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and ...

Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. In the old days, in ...

This Valentine's Day, Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I received my email copy of ePistle, Evangelicals for Social Action’s weekly electronic communication. Yesterday I received my email copy of  ePistle , Evangelicals fo ...

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 ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

The Egyptian Drama and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Within the American news cycle, the front-and-center story about Egypt has three areas of interest: What will it mean for Egypt? Within the American news cycle, the front-and-cent ...

The True Meaning of Investing in our Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Before the 2011 State of the Union address, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41276794/ns/msnbc_tv-hardball_with_chris_mat ...