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Can You Hear Them Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell ph ...

Dinesh D'Souza, the New Atheism, and Constantinian Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week at the Innovative Evangelism Conference, I got a chance to hear <a href="http://www.dineshdsouza.com/">Dinesh D'Souza</a> speak to a standing room only crowd. ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

Obama's Bow and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The gospel according to Aretha Franklin says: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me."</p> <p>Biblical wisdom teaches: "Give everyone what you owe him. If you owe tax ...

Pentagon Blocks Release of Detainee Abuse Photos -- Obama Agrees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The release of photos of Americans supposedly treating imprisoned suspected terrorists badly has been <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/15/scotus.detainee.photos/index.html">blocked by the ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316086371?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0316086371">< ...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When all you have is a hammer everything seems like a nail. No famous line more aptly applies to the president's current dilemma of seeking the best solution for Afghanistan. ...

For God and Country (in that Order)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nobody today will be able to celebrate our many veterans without the <a href="http://www.google.com/news/more?pz=1&amp;cf=all&amp;ncl=dGVEwVrxusKklQMKSmmL9hfvxDoyM&amp;topic=h">memo ...

More Walls Need to Fall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598690495_zMVcR"></a>As we celebrate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, let us reflec ...

Beat the Defense Budget into a Plowshare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Almost exactly 4 years ago, more than 100 faith leaders from around the country went to jail together as we prayed for a moral budget and lamented the current one. Almost exactly ...

Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/the-plank-in-australias-eye/">[continued from part 1]</a> Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for ...

Will Violence Have the Last Word at Fort Hood?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of Ft. Hood, TX. Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of F ...

Afghanistan: Women and Children First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pacifist as president or that Gen. It may be too idealistic to believe that one day the U.S. will elect a pa ...

Fort Hood Shootings and the Prophetic 'IF'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One reader wrote me to ask: " "What effect will the Fort Hood shootings have on the American public's perception of Islam?" That question asks us to be foretellers, fortune tellers, to pr ...

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Jewish American and Palestinian Nonviolence Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jon Stewart courageously hosted an American Jewish woman (<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/09/a-jewish-american-advocate-against-the-injustice-of-occupation/">Anna Balzer</a> ...

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. We've all been watching carefully as the ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

We Need an Abrahamic Alliance of the 'Passionate Best'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>For the next few days in Washington, D.C., 1,200 people are gather ...

What Else Will Our Children Pay For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Check out the FRC's latest ad opposing health-care reform:</p> Check out the FRC's latest ad opposing health-care reform: Don't you hav ...

Cautious Optimism on Obama's New Sudan Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Activists greeted the Obama administration's <a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-urgency-implementation" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-ur ...

Dear President Obama (An Open Letter on Afghanistan)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.</p> I am a loyal supporter ...

Have You Thought About Nuclear Weapons Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The day one is detonated, it will be the only thing anyone will think about ... which is why we need to apply the biblical vision of "turning swords into plowshares" to nuclear weapons. ...

A Pre-Emptive Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I know it's been a week and a bit, which in the contemporary mode suggests that ancient history has already passed under the bridge since the Nobel Committee announced its decision, but I wanted to ...

Nobel, Obama, Bono, and 'Rebranding America'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666574154_jUtaF"></a>Like many folks a couple weeks ago, I was stunned that Obama ha ...

Video: Colbert on the 'Desert Cross' Church-State Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I had invited one of our regular bloggers to comment on the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8295490.stm">"desert cross" controversy</a>--a Supreme Court ca ...

Advocating for Sudan from the Inside
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We are accustomed to standing outside the White House, protesting the policies of war and torture. We are accustomed to standing outside the White House, protesting the policies o ...

Caught Between Two Worlds: Progressive and Evangelical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm trembling as I write this one. I'm already isolated within my own faith community (Pentecostalism) for my views on war and pe ...

Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.blogactionday.org"></a>Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of inte ...

Happy Anniversary, Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On October 7, the U.S. On October 7, the U.S. Senate said " Happy Anniversary " one day early to the war in Afghanistan with a defense spending bill that puts the cost ...

A Nobel Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. from a reporter: "What's your reaction to Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize?" "What?" ...

Speculating on Obama's Peace Prize Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I can't read the guy's mind, of course, but after the initial, natural response of "Yeah, I got it goin' on," I'm thinking this is what President Obama must've <em>real ...

Is Obama's Peace Prize Premature?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory proceeds from the premise that peace is a day by day effort. It is a process that requires vision, skill, and courage. Just peace theory proceeds from the premi ...

War as Seen by Those Trapped Inside It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When covering film festivals, I find I have to be careful not to see too many war-themed flicks in rapid succession. When covering film festivals, I find I have to be careful not ...

The ACLJ and the Goldstone Report on Gaza War Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago I received a mass e-mail from the ACLJ. For those who don't get their daily dose of Christian talk radio, ACLJ stands for the American Center for Law and Justice. ...

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Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa died yesterday. I don't know much about her life, so you can <a href="http://en.wikip ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

Obama, the UN, and the Bomb: Six Takeaway Points
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In the nuclear security business, it's a good day when nothing goes wrong. It's a great day when something goes right. In the nuclear security business, it's a good ...

Applying Just Peace Theory to Obama's UN Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory is the middle way between pacifism and just war theory. It recognizes the moral force of nonviolence and the goal of a world that solves its disputes through nonviolent means. ...

Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama delivered his <a title="blocked::http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/24prexy.text.html?pagewanted=print" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/2 ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3/1/#599051510_WL6dK"></a>During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ar ...

A Prophetic Call in the Midst of Political Corruption (Colombia's Churches Cry Out, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/22/colombias-churches-cry-out-for-accompaniment/">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [ continued from part 1 ] ...

Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

Zelaya Returns: But How Will Honduras Move Forward?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this morning Radio Globo -- a pro-resistance radio source -- broke the news that Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, the deposed president of Honduras, has arrived in Tegucigalpa and was calling his suppo ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

Remembering History's Evils
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I spent some time this summer visiting my parents in Taos, NM, and while doing all the touristy things there, I couldn't help but encounter stories of the history of the place that truly made me th ...

A 9/11 Prayer: Leonard Cohen's 'Democracy'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her native Norway this summer. She sent me this YouTube clip so I could have a taste. My mother-in-law saw Leonard Cohen live in her nat ...

A Jewish-American Advocate Against the Injustice of Occupation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Just the basic facts about Anna Baltzer make her a provocative presence. She's a 30-year-old Jewish-American woman who is arguing passionately for justice for Palestinians.</p> ...

Two Cheers for Danforth on Health Care and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two great ideas from former Sen. John Danforth, an Episcopal priest and Republican from Missouri who served in the U.S. Senate for nearly two decades, are under fire. Two great id ...