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Humanizing the Prison System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. "I hate civilians," Warden Clooney barked into the microphone. With these words, David Chura thr ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

World-Renowned Peacemaker Art Gish Dies
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100729-artgish.jpg"></a>Art and Peggy Gish are career peace, civil rights, and human rights activists who embody the motto of their primary a ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Wikileaks, Truth Tellers, and a Crisis of Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been staying with friends over the summer as I make my way slowly to North Carolina for divinity school, and I have been enjoying a few luxuries that I'm not used to, like television. ...

Scary Hope: The Nuclear Cinema of Summer 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Back in the late '90s, when Y2K fears were running rampant, apocalyptic fantasies like <em>Armageddon </em>and <em>End of Days</em> burned up the box office. ...

What Does Justice Look Like in Cambodia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the first time, a senior Khmer Rouge commander has been found guilty of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/06/does-grace-abound-to-the-chief-of-torturers/">crimes against humanity in Cam ...

Shirley Sherrod's True Revelation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The controversy over the injustice done to Shirley Sherrod, the African-American woman whose comments on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/race/">race</a> were taken out of context, misre ...

A Rare Opportunity for Direct Civil Disobedience in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/politics/24immig.html">recent passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1070</a>, scheduled to go into effect on July 29, those of us ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Mark Twain's Radical Pacifism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100712-marktwain.jpg"></a>Mark Twain's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nonviolence/">antiwar leanings</a> are al ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

God gets at us in the funniest of ways. Just this week the Spirit stirred in me while reading an interview with one of my heroes, Vandana Shiva. The reporter from <em>YES! G ...

Why Christianity and July 4th May Be Compatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This past Fourth of July weekend, I reflected on Kurt Willems' <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/why-christianity-and-july-4th-are-incompatible/">recent post</a>, which had a ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

Vandalism: A Dead-End Tactic at Toronto's G20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

During Saturday's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nonviolence/">nonviolent protest</a> of about 5,000 activists outside the conference center in downtown Toronto, where leaders of ...

Wendell Berry Protests Coal's Influence in Kentucky
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Renowned Kentucky farmer, poet, essayist, and environmental writer <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0407&amp;article=040710x&amp;cookies_enabled=f ...

'No Stranger to Danger': RIP Quaker, Lawyer, Indigenous Peace Warrior Waratah
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sad news for so many of us in the peace and human rights movement this morning to hear our friend Waratah Rose Gillespie has passed away. Sad news for so many of us in the peace a ...

Confusing our Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I catch up on my news in the airport. Yesterday I watched this obscure story about a second grader in Rhode Island who wore a baseball cap to school with soldiers carrying guns on the front. ...

Israel Eases Gaza Blockade
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The New York Times </em>reports, "Under intense international pressure after its commandos killed nine activists aboard an <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/02/another-cost-of- ...

The War, the Well, and the Wall: A Time to Break Silence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We rarely slow down to create the sacred space needed to discern the "signs of the times" and who we are as Christians in this time of America. We rarely slow down to cr ...

Drone Attacks Increase Under Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last night I googled the words "drone attacks Obama" to verify if President Obama has indeed increased unmanned <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=s ...

Bloody Sunday and Telling the Truth
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/16/an-astonishing-apology-in-the-house-of-commons/"></a>For 14 people in my homeland, northern Ireland -- a place whose divisions are so ful ...

The Revolution of the Heart Begins in Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For nearly two months <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">oil has gushed into the Gulf </a>because of BP's government-endorsed "error." The environmental destruct ...

Outrage about Helen Thomas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes it feels like there's hardly enough outrage to go around. I started this post to condemn the recent, well, outrageous, words of Helen Thomas. Sometimes it feels lik ...

Nonviolence takes hold in "Mexico's Gaza"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/09/nonviolence-ta (ironically called the Unit (ironically called the Unit for the Social Well-being of the Triqui Region), a ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

Silent Prayers and a More Than Perfect Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There are times when there are no words. There are times when it seems that there is no hope for humankind, that our blindness to the things that make for peace is willful. There ...

Violence from the Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The day after we here in the U.S. paused to remember the men and women who had died fighting for our country, the fight continued from beyond the grave. The day after we here in t ...

Another Cost of the Flotilla Raid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Along with shooting nine peace activists during their <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/flotilla/">attack on the peace flotilla this week</a>, Israeli commandos may have shot themselves i ...

Nonviolence and the Gaza Freedom Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Three days have passed since the Israeli navy attacked an<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/01/the-freedom-flotilla-tragedy"> international Gaza Freedom Movement "Freedom Flotilla,&qu ...

The "Freedom Flotilla" Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On May 31, I awoke to news reports that the Israeli Navy had boarded and fired on 10 small ships in international waters approaching the coast of Gaza and bearing humanitarian supplies for Palestin ...

Violence Resistance
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The multiplex stabbing is the consequence of a dehumanized culture that defaults to sarcasm and nurtures angry condemnation ...

Tragic Stats and Beacons of Hope in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

During my recent visit to Zimbabwe, a headline caught my eye: "Worst Exam Results Ever!" The pass rate was 27% for national examinations held at the end of primary school (after seven years of scho ...

Drugs, Guns, and Immigration: An Unholy Trinity of Failed Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126890838">reports out of Juarez, Mexico,</a> are depressing, doubly so for me. The repor ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

British Evangelist Steve Chalke upset a lot of evangelicals of a reformed bent with two little paragraphs in (his book that has so much worth reading in it beyond what has got all the attention) <a ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

New Research on Why Nonviolence Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

The Myth of Out-of-Control Border Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855525806_h5Bmr"></a>My beloved city, Phoenix, is making a fantastic ...

Free Speech vs. Fundamentalist Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A few days back, small groups of college students at <a href="http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/shift-chalks-depictions-of-muhammad-1.2263827">Northwestern</a>,<a href="http ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

'God's Maternal Nature': One of the Best Mother's Day Sermons I Can Remember
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday I heard one of the best Mother's Day sermons I can remember. It was by the pastor at our family's church, Rev. Jeff Haggray of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.</p> ...

Mother's Day Challenges
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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. ...

Palestine's True Leaders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions a ...

40 Years After: 'Four Dead in Ohio'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietnam became serious. May 4, 1970 -- 40 years ago yesterday -- was the day protesting the war in Vietn ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

Ignoble Indifference: Evangelicals, Race, and GLBT Issues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href="http://www.so ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...