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In Israel, Orthodox Men Demand Beard-Friendly Gas Masks
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Fearful that Syria might retaliate against Israel if the U.S. launches a military strike, Orthodox Jews and others are demanding the Israeli government distribute gas masks that will fit over their beards. ...

AUDIO: Kathy Kelly's Defiant Peace Activism
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo The Editors As Ramzi Kysia writes in " The Song Remains " ( Sojourners , August 2013), after decade ...

Keep Doomsday Religion Out of the Syrian Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls a U.S. military response, some theologians hope for an alarming endgame to the 30-month-long Syr ...

Beauty and Pain Take Center Stage in Holocaust Pageant
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

The 18 beauty pageant finalists on stage at Haifa’s basketball stadium wear lovely gowns, their jewelry glitters, and their hair is thick with hairspray. Unlike typical beauty contestants, the Israeli women st ...

Antoinette Tuff: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 08/23/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

I am praising Ms. Tuff because too often in our violence-saturated world, we fail to see the miracles of hope and humanity. I don’t know Antoinette Tuff. All of my knowledge about her comes from watching her i ...

How Antoinette Tuff Showed the Solution Is Not More Guns in Our Schools
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

When major news networks began playing a recording of suburban Atlanta school employee Antoinette Tuff’s 911 call reporting a shooter in her school’s building on Tuesday, I almost turned off the TV. Then, I he ...

Our Obsession With Violence and the Stories You’re Not Supposed to Hear
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

We do grave harm to these regions and the people within them when we fail to highlight these gritty, subversive, and everyday movements of hope in the midst of conflict. As followers of the great Reconciler, w ...

On Scripture: From Egypt to South Africa, We Are Each Other’s Keepers
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, has been in the hospital for over two months. Nearly twenty years after his election South Africa remains, despite a myriad of troubl ...

Egypt's Christians Under Attack: Interactive Map
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Since the July 3 ousting of former president Mohammed Morsi, Christians in Egypt have faced a shocking spike in violent attacks. USA Today has created an interactive map with real-time updates on attacks on Ch ...

Christian Ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain Dies at 72
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, a scholar who shaped national conversations on war and peace from her perch at the University of Chicago, died Sunday at age 72. Christian ...

Islam, Terror Threats, and a God of Power
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday, CNN published an article by Peter Bergen titled “What’s behind the timing of the terror threat?” U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa have been closed since last Saturday due to terror ...

Use of drones neither just nor moral
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Press

August 7, 2013 Sojo in the News Sea Coast Online ...

PHOTOS & POETRY: A Unique Look at Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors When most people think of Gaza, surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind. But photo journalist Ryan Rodrick Beiler has an eye for capturing the resilience and ...

From the Archives: Fall 1972
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Ediger Witness to the Lord IT CAME TO pass in the summer of ’72 that many young people gathered in Dall ...

Afghanistan's Children of War
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The United Nations issued a report on Wednesday stating that the number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, with women and children faring the wors ...

Bradley Manning Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

If Manning had been found guilty of aiding the enemy, he could have been sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Wednesday. A military judge rule ...

Fate of Jerusalem Looms Over Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare for preliminary talks in Washington today, the future of Jerusalem — holy to three faiths — looms as the thorniest and most difficult issue to resolve. ...

Buddhist Monk Blames Muslims for Myanmar Bombing
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

A radical Buddhist monk in Myanmar said a bomb that exploded near him, wounding five devotees, came after a death threat by a “Muslim religious leader” who wanted to silence his campaign to prevent Buddhist wo ...

Mistaken Identity Brings Threats to Pastor Zimmermann
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

Death threats were the last type of phone calls George A. Zimmermann thought he’d get after serving for 55 years as his Pennsylvania community’s preacher. Death threats were the l ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Reduces Strikes in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. has drastically reduced the number of drone strikes in Pakistan. In response to criticism, the U.S. has drastically reduced the number of drone strikes in Pakistan and is ...

Anti-Semitism on Downward Slide but Still Rampant Online
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

The Anti-Defamation League’s study of anti-Semitism in the U.S. shows a 14 percent decrease in incidents during 2012, the second consecutive year of a downward trend. The Anti-Def ...

Senator John McCain: Arizona's Stand Your Ground Law Should Be Reviewed
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Sen. John McCain is requesting review of the recently publicized “stand your ground” law in the state of Arizona. Following an outpouring amount of controversy over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, McCain is requesting actio ...

DRONE WATCH: Courts and Drones
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

Federal judge questions claim that courts have no role in examining drone strikes that kill American citizens. The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights have  sued former ...

DRONE WATCH: Spies in the Sky
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

As lethal drone strikes decline, the use of drones for surveillance increases. In the past few months, drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen have dwindled to only a fe ...

Thai University Apologizes for Banner Featuring Adolf Hitler
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Thailand’s most prestigious university apologized to the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday for allowing its campus to hang a huge, hand-painted “Congratulations” banner illustrated with Captain America, Batman ...

Since Aurora, a Steady Stream of Mass Killings
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Following the movie theatre massacre in 2012 that killed 12 people, 126 others have died due to similar events involving mass killings. USA Today reports such tragedies are more “typical” than people think rep ...

Drone Carrier Landing: Navy Successfully Completes Unmanned Carrier Landing
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

The Navy did what some may consider "the unthinkable" and landed a jet size drone off the coast of Virginia yesterday. The Navy did what some may consider "the unt ...

VIDEOS: Just Vision
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Preview Ronit Avni's inspiring films about nonviolence in the Holy Land. In “ Stories Wor ...

Who Would Jesus Drone?
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Being a Christian inevitably means many things — it means being baptized, partaking of the Lord's supper, and belonging to a community marked by the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. Likewise, being a ...

DRONE WATCH: Attack in Pakistan Kills 17
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

At least 17 people were killed in the first U.S. drone attack in Pakistan since May 28. Early Wednesday morning, at least 17 people were killed in the first U.S. drone attack in ...

July 4th and the Table of Demons
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the trouble with patriotism is twofold: 1) it tempts us to equate God and nation, and 2) it provides a sacred cover for violence. On July 4 th  I will b ...

God Didn’t Choose Sides at Gettysburg
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

During the July 1-3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, there were Christians and Jews on both sides of the conflict who knew the answer to the question “Whose side is God on?” During the ...

The Song Remains
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ramzi Kysia After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action. ...

July 2013
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Issue

July, 2013 Drones for Christ: How the world's largest Christian university became an evangelist for drone warfare. ...

DRONE WATCH: Revenge of the Taliban
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Pakistani Taliban kill nine foreign mountain climbers to avenge the death of a Taliban commander in a drone strike. Nine foreign climbers in the Himalayas in a remote part of nort ...

DRONE WATCH: Protest March Arrives in Des Moines
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-drone acitivsts arrive at a National Guard base in Des Moines, Iowa, after a nearly 200-mile march. Dozens of peace activists walked into Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday, followi ...

DRONE WATCH: Killing of 10-year-old Angers Yemenis
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Drone strike in Yemen kills 10-year-old brother of Al Qaeda leader. The most recent reported drone strike in Yemen, said to be five missiles fired at an SUV, killed at least six ...

Study: Religious Oppression Rises Despite Arab Spring
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

People who hoped the Arab Spring would lead to greater religious freedom across the Middle East have been sorely disappointed, and a new Pew study confirms that the region has grown even more repressive for va ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Surveillance in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

Drones have been used for law enforcement surveillance inthe U.S. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted that drones are used for ...

Family Values and Murder: The Trial of Whitey Bulger
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing to justify a grab for resources in a divorce court or even a custody battle. But it’s another thing altogether to use betrayal and an appeal to family values to justify murder. Or is it another ...

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Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Product

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When the Government Lies, a Covenant is Broken
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

After denials and evasions, we learned that two successive administrations lied to the American public about unprecedented spying on ordinary citizens. After denials and evasions, ...

Feds Release First Guidelines for Confronting a Church Shooter
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead, including 20 children. Beyond seeking ...

White House Pushes Gun Safety
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama is expected to call upon lawmakers and Congress Tuesday as he asks for their support in backing his measures concerning gun safety. President Barack Obama i ...

Clifford Sloan Selected As Guantanamo Closure Envoy By President Obama
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama has called to action one of Washington’s most resourceful lawyers, Clifford Sloan. In an effort to ...

Rand Paul: Jesus Was Anti-War
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles as he made his case against excessive American engagement overseas. Paul Rand quoted scripture and used biblical principles ...

Gun Control Advocates Launch Bus Tour
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a bus tour to rally support for tighter gun laws, in hopes of pushing Congress to revisit the proposal defeated in April. In a push to revi ...

Barack Obama and the Drone Wars: The Logic of Violence
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Reducing the number of deaths caused by our use of violence is a worthy goal, and Obama does seem genuinely engaged in drawing the number down. So for the sake of argument, I will take him at his word. But (yo ...

AUDIO: The Cosas, an Iraqi Christian family
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dawn Araujo An interview with an Iraqi Christian family ...