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The Cross on Mount Soledad Can Stay — For Now
Originally Posted: 07/01/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case. The decades-long b ...

Five Takeaways From the Hobby Lobby Case
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year: Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the ye ...

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict wit ...

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Closely held corporations cannot be compelled to pay for contraception coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in its highly anticipated Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case. Clos ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

on government, not social issues. Blue or shading that way: 15 percent: Solid liberals — this group parts company with other “blues” on religion and social issues. 15 percent: Faith and Family Left — ...

Republicans Woo Evangelical Base in Bid to Recapture the Senate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The Republican National Committee on Friday launched its first web-based effort to rally conservative believers behind the party, a sign of how crucial voter turnout will be in this fall’s close-fought midterm ...

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Weekly Wrap 6.27.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week 1. WATCH: Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty “A new Verizon ...

Could Baptizing Children of Gay Couples Become a New Battleground?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The default position for most bishops — reiterated in a major Vatican document released on Thursday — is that if the parents pledge to raise the child Catholic, then no girl or boy should be refused baptism. ...

Vatican Confronts Shifting Landscape on Family Issues
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people, and single parents who ar ...

Is the Black Church Shifting on Gay Marriage?: Q&A with Filmmaker Yoruba Richen
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Yoruba Richen’s documentary “The New Black” airs this month online and on television through the PBS series “Independent Lens.” Yoruba Richen’s documentary “ The New Black ” ai ...

Detained on Charges of Forgery, Meriam Ibrahim Is Not Yet Free
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

A Sudanese Christian doctor freed from death row on charges of apostasy Monday is not yet free after authorities detained her at a Khartoum airport. A Sudanese Christian doctor fr ...

Study: Interfaith Civic Groups Bridge Diversity with Participatory Prayers
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Just because interfaith, interracial, and varied ethnic groups share a common cause doesn’t mean a diverse coalition can hang together. Just because interfaith, interracial, and v ...

United Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Reinstated on Appeal
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

In a surprising reversal, a Pennsylvania pastor who was defrocked last year for violating United Methodist law after he officiated at his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated. ...

COMMENTARY: More Christian Influence? Be Careful What You Wish For
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence in American political life. Right-wing politicians are fond of saying we need more Christian influence i ...

Meet the 'Evangelical' Catholics Who Are Remaking the GOP
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

In today’s Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bu ...

Supreme Court Says 'No' to Public School Graduations in Church
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch. ...

July 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Muslim and Anti-Muslim Bus Ads Battle Heads to Round 3
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew turn up together on a Washington, D.C., bus. It’s no joke. They’re the faces of a new ad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group. ...

After Edwina Rogers' Ouster, Secular Community Regroups
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

As the Secular Coalition for America prepares for its biggest event of the year this week in Washington, D.C., atheist groups are recovering from the sudden departure of the coalition’s highest officer. ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

The Stunning Resurgence Of Progressive Christianity
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Press

June 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Brandeis Raushenbush ...

Man On A Mission
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Press

June 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Molly Worthen ...

Senate Approves Prayer Plaque for World War II Monument
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Just in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. ...

In Heart of Texas, Support Grows for Same-sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Weekenders Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the men challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. ...

You've Got To Hear This Preacher
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

May 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Ben Wikler The Good Fight ...

My Kingston--Michael Alexander Blake
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 11:56am | Type: Press

June 1, 2014 Sojo in the News The Jamaica Observer ...

Catholic and Libertarian? Pope's Top Adviser Says They're Incompatible
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

The Honduran cardinal who is one of Pope Francis’ top advisers said Tuesday that today’s free market system is “a new idol” that is increasing inequality and excluding the poor. T ...

Getting to Work
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander Three steps for building a transformative movement for justice. 1. Awakening:  It is im ...

Murfreesboro Mosque Fight Laid to Rest after Supreme Court Ruling
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

For years, opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro vowed to take their legal fight to shut down the mosque all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. For years, opponents of t ...

How to Dismantle the 'New Jim Crow'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander Public attitudes about mass incarceration are changing. But it will take a much deeper transformation to overturn this ...

The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Product

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis thinks our life together c ...

Catholic Bishops Push (Again) on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Catholic bishops returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday with a renewed push for immigration reform. Catholic bishops returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday with a renewed push for imm ...

Orrin Hatch Says Gay Marriage as 'Law of the Land' Is Inevitable
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Orrin Hatch says legal gay marriage is almost certain to become a reality throughout the United States. Sen. Orrin Hatch says legal gay marriage is almost certain to become a ...

Jimmy Carter's Evangelical Downfall: Reagan, Religion And The 1980 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Press

May 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Randall Balmer ...

5 Reasons Gay Marriage Is Winning
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

After four same-sex couples filed suit Wednesday challenging Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, neighboring North Dakota is the only state that isn’t facing a challenge to its gay marriage ban — at least not ...

Religious Rights Watchdog Pushes to Add Pakistan, Syria to List of Worst Offenders
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

One of the nation’s leading — and official — champions of religious freedom implored the Obama administration to add Pakistan and Syria to the list of nations that most egregiously violate religious rights. ...

The Age Of Evangelicalism, By Steven P. Miller
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Edward Blum ...

We Are In A Crisis -- A Moral Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Press

May 21, 2014 Sojo in the News The Rev. Dr. William Barber II ...

You're Smart Enough To Change The World, Not Just Run It
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Press

May 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Lillian Cunningham ...

Piety And Public Life
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Press

May 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Jack Heppner ...

House Considers a Prayer Plaque at WWII Monument; Interfaith Coalition Says 'No'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

An interfaith coalition has again asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a prayer plaque at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. An interfaith coalition has ag ...

Muslim and Anti-Muslim Groups Go to War in Bus, Print Ads
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Defense Initiative countered by deploying 15-foot-long ads on 20 buses in the Washington, D.C., system ...

In Memory of Dr. Vincent Harding, a 'Prophetic Voice for Justice and Vigorous Nonviolence'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Dr. Vincent Harding, a theologian, historian, author, and civil right activist, died at 5:11 p.m. on Monday at the age of 82. Dr. Harding was a friend and speechwriter to Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

COMMENTARY: There's Little to Celebrate in Greece v. Galloway Prayer Decision
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The great rejoicing after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on public prayer reminded me of the infamous line from an officer who commented on the destruction of a village during the Vietnam War: “We had ...

COMMENTARY: Anti-Muslim Bigotry Taints Florida Ban on Foreign Laws
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

This week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure widely touted as a “foreign law ban.” But proponents of such bans should not be too quick to claim victory. This week, ...

VIDEO: “ReMoved”
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Follow the gripping story of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care. Every ...

We Are In a Crisis — a Moral Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Martin Luther King, Jr. said 46 years ago in one of his last sermons that if you ignore the poor, one day the whole system will collapse and implode. The costs are too high if we don’t address systemic racism ...

June 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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COMMENTARY: Is the Hobby Lobby Bible Elective Objective?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

On April 14, the school board in Mustang, Okla., voted to institute an elective Bible course. This is not news. More than a thousand U.S. public schools offer Bible as literature courses. ...