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Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

of the heathens." Some biblical passages denounce animal sacrifice (Isaiah 1:11,15; Amos 5:21-25). Other ... of the heathens." Some biblical passages denounce animal sacrifice (Isaiah 1:11,15; Amos 5:21-25). Other ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I know of two priests who have decided to stay with their people in the so-called No-Fire Zone in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians are trapped in a living hell. ...

Torture and Evangelical Prejudice Toward Non-Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I read <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/05/01/white-evangelicals-for-torture/">Brian McLaren's post</a> on this blog that caused some intense soul-searching. ...

God or Country?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a title="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernment/2009/05/torture_poll_its_about_politics_not_religion.html" href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/godingovernmen ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

White Evangelicals for Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Too many white evangelicals stand for torture, according to a recent Pew Forum study reported by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/30/religion.torture/index.html" target="_blank"> ...

M2EP Video: Voices from Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Day two of the Mobilization to End Poverty included a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby senators and representatives on issues related to poverty and social justice. Day two of the Mo ...

The First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

continue to confront it just the way I've been doing for over 25 years. And if that bothers you ... ...

M2EP LIVE: Meeting Sojo Supporters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I had lunch with several long-time readers and supporters of Sojourners, people who in their own lives have been living out the gospel for decades. I had lunch with several long-t ...

Culture War Casualties: Responding to Carrie Prejean and Bullying Suicides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. Last week Carrie Prejean, also known as the former Miss California, lost the Miss U.S.A. p ...

Torture Memos: 'What Is Done in the Dark'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught: "For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light" (Luke 8:17). In other words: the truth will come out. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law: The Case for Cocaine Sentencing Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but an accurate weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)</p> A false balance is an abomination to t ...

One More Reason to Oppose Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/world/20detain.html?th&amp;emc=th">Abu Zubaydah was submitted to waterboarding at least 83 times</a>. Abu Zu ...

Torture: A Crime that Requires a Verdict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Dear President Obama,</p> Dear President Obama, Thank you for making the four memos approving of and describing the torture done to children of God in our name public ev ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." (Romans 11:25-29) In the prophetic book of Amos ... their sins." (Romans 11:25-27) You said that God was not wrong in using the Israelites to punish ... be come in". (Romans 11:25) After that happens though God says: "And it shall come to pass ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Eric Holder, Ted Stevens, and Prosecutorial Misconduct that Doesn't Make Headlines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

No one is saying that Ted Stevens didn't lie about unreported contributions. But the government has to play by the rules even when the defendant is guilty. No one is saying ...

Making a Difference in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In an <a title="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958504474112427.html" href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958504474112427.html">op-ed piece</a> in Monday's <em&g ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

Watch and Pray
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

in '06. I found one agency out of 25 contacts that was willing to take the case--due to nursing ... Only 1 in 25 agencies would even take the case. Then it was obvious they were scraping for every nurse ... to answer yes. I say no. With massive deficits and a major House committee chair campaigning for a 25 ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Support Wearing Thin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In a stunning turnabout, some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's firmest allies distanced themselves from his hard-line tactics when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone accepting $1.6 m ...

A Higher Authority for Sudan's President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6018508.ece" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article601 ...

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

whisper that says: "You are still a child of God and God loves you." On March 25 ... pathologies of various societies around the globe. March 25th this year and in years to come is a day ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

From Joan of Arc to Sir Thomas More, courageous martyrs continue to inspire us. Their powerful witness is memorialized in homilies, books, and even movies. From Joan of Arc to Sir ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

and he helped to make it. Professor Franklin died March 25 . Born in 1915, during his 94 years, he ...

When Calls to 'Unity' Sow Division in the Civil Union Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last month, legislators in Hawaii introduced <a href="http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/HB444_HD1_.htm">House Bill 444</a> (HB 444), which would provide rights and privilege ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

Sin Nombre: Immigrants as Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama recently addressed the crying need for comprehensive immigration reform. He reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants. President Obama recently addressed the ...

Three Priorities for Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make. In the ninth year of the 21st century, and on my own 46th birthday, I may be the last activist left in America that has never penned a blog. I have a ...

Stop the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

For the past several weeks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago has been conducting a national tour promoting immigration reform, primarily speaking at Latino evangelical churches around the country. ...

Hard Facts of Immigrant Detention Centers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

detainees in custody, on Jan. 25, 58% did not have any criminal conviction. Among the 32,000 detained on any ...

'Once Again' in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Here we are again, and again, and again. It is not a new message or a new concern. People have been suffering, starving, raped, beaten and killed year in and year out. Here we ar ...

Colombian Pastor Still Missing, Family Threatened
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes Thanks for the update, ...

The Real History of 'Saint Patrick': The Saint He Wasn't, the Man He Was
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It would be a very ...

Darfur's Cries Grow Louder
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I was on a conference call for an hour and a half last week. It was intense. I haven't fully calmed down from it. I paced back and forth in the living room for a good portion of it.</p> ...

Through Lenten Darkness, Rays of God's Grace in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The sad news from Zimbabwe continues The sad news from Zimbabwe continues (activist, Africa, Churches, farm invasions, global issues, God's Politics, Grace, Hope, Hum ...

A Fairness Issue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?"<br /> "Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?" ...

Action Alert Victory: Department of Justice to Investigate Arizona Sheriff's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Action alerts make a difference. Our <a href="../2009/02/18/stop-sheriff-joe-arpaios-racial-profiling/">call for the Department of Justice to investigate Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio< ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Blog and Preach to Honor International Women's Day This Sunday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Each year on March 8 the world takes time to observe <a href="http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp" target="_blank">International Women's Day</a>. ...

The Sad State of Dialogue on Civil Unions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am an evangelical Christian who attends church regularly, so I was surprised to see a worship service on the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol this past Sunday. I am an evange ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The U.N. estimates that 300,000 civilians have died. At least 2.5 million have been scorched out ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

At the end of January in Mangalore, India, a group of right-wing extremists, the Sri Rama Sena, entered a bar and assaulted the women there. At the end of January in Mangalore, In ...