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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. ...

June 2014 Sojourners Magazine
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Losing My Religion
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Randall Balmer How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism." ...

Moneyed Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Nick Penniman The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform. IN ITS SEEMINGLY endless ques ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

2013, the number of children in state care was 13,500. That number has since swelled to 15 ...

Jesus' Most Basic Command
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Carli ...

Supreme Court Prayer Ruling May Spur New Alliances
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian prayers at public meetings dealt a body blow to atheist organizations. This week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing sectarian pray ...

The Impact Of Cafeteria Religion On Political Engagement
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Press

May 8, 2014 Sojo in the News Michael Wear ...

Town Prayers: What Does the Supreme Court Mean By 'Coercion'?
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a city, town, or county could open its regular meetings with a sectarian (that is, Christian) prayer without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. ...

Bringing Back The Religious Left
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Gene Veith ...

The Political Future Of Religious Progressives
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Press

May 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Thomas Reese ...

Sojourners: Faith In Action For Social Justice
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Press

May 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Center for Children and Theology ...

Supreme Court Approves Sectarian Prayer at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constitution not only allows for prayer at government meetings, but religious prayer. The Supreme Court Monday declared that the Constit ...

Sarah Palin’s Dying Breed of Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

Most people in their right minds consider Sarah Palin’s statement about using waterboarding to “baptize” terrorists as insensitive at the very least. It further reinforces the notion that she will say or do ne ...

Sarah Palin and the Beauty of Baptism
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin used baptism as a metaphor for waterboarding terrorists . Oh, Sarah Palin. So you’ve most likely heard Sarah Palin u ...

The Religious Left Is Struggling. Can The Cause Of Economic Justice Help It Rise Again?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

April 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Michelle Boorstein ...

President Obama Pens Pope Francis Piece for Time's 100 Most Influential List
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Time magazine has released its annual 100 Most Influential people list, and, to no one's surprise, Pope Francis is featured. What may be surprising is who the magazine chose to write about the pontiff — P ...

Can There Be a Rational Compromise on the Pledge of Allegiance?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Yet another Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit has been filed, this time with New Jersey humanists challenging the requirement that each school day begin with recitation of the pledge describing the United States as ...

Army Approves 'Humanist' As Religious Preference
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

More than two years after first making his request, Army Maj. Ray Bradley can now be known as exactly what he is: a humanist in the U.S. military. More than two years after first ...

Commandment Against Stealing Has Roots In Injunction Against Kidnapping
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

April 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Rob Wilson-Black ...

Most Voters Favor Prayer, Minus Jesus, at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer – as long the public prayer is generic and not specifically ...

SCHEDULE: Catch Easter Weekend Specials On Fox News Channel
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Press

April 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Fox News Insider ...

Gov. Bobby Jindal to Keynote Liberty University's Commencement Ceremony
Originally Posted: 04/18/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, widely considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, will be the commencement speaker at Liberty University on May 10. ...

Muslims Welcome Shuttering of NYPD Spying Unit
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and civil rights groups welcomed the news that the New York City Police Department’s Demographics Unit will disband but said they still fear they may be targets of warrantless surveillance. ...

Brian D. McLaren To Present At Canisius College
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Press

April 9, 2014 Sojo in the News The Sun News ...

Even Jesus had a Tax Man
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely ... Not Display (april 15, Bible, David, God's Politics, Goliath, Jesus, Matthew, Racial and Social Justice, Taxes, Faith and Politics) Taxes are due April 15. Courtesy ...

The Supreme Court's Assault on Democracy
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court has decided that people (individual human beings or corporations) have the right to donate to an unlimited number of political candidates — therefore removing the aggreg ...

May 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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After World Vision, Evangelicals Debate Boundaries Over Sexuality
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

World Vision found itself testing the evangelical boundaries in March when it announced it would recognize employees’ same-sex marriages. Within 48 hours, it reversed itself. Worl ...

COMMENTARY: Deliberate Distortion of Reality Won’t Work for Long
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

I was dismayed when I learned that Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox Web browser, had named an anti-gay activist as its new chief executive officer. I was dismayed when I l ...

A Crash Course: Australia, Refugees, and the Politics of Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

The church in Australia is showing signs of being a Calvary-like-love political alternative when it comes to refugees. Here’s a crash course to understand what’s happening in Aust ...

VIDEO: Travel with Us—A Visual Poem
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The SOLD Project's hopeful vision to end human trafficking. Around the world, children conti ...

SLIDESHOW: Moral March Photos
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors On a cold day this past February, seminary student Sara Wolcott boarded a bus in New York to attend the Moral March in North ...

From the Archives: May-June 1976
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Margo Farra Advice to New Communities TO PEOPLE interested in establishing a new community I would encourage ...

Supreme Court Doubles Down on Money as Speech
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Court has made its vision of the future of electoral politics clear. What is unclear is how Americans will respond to the increasing influence money is having in our political system. ...

Secular Coalition Flunks Most Congress Members on Church-State Report Card
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 7:15am | Type: Blog

If some secular organizations had their way, much of the current class of lawmakers would flunk out of Congress. If some secular organizations had their way, much of the current ...

Hobby Lobby's Green Family Meets with Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

The pope met with Obama on Thursday for the first time, touching on some hot-button disputes between the White House and U.S. Catholic bishops. Days after discussing the U.S. Cath ...

World Vision Reverses Decision on Same-Sex Marriage, Calls It 'A Mistake'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 7:14pm | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has reversed its decision after announcing this week that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual. ...

Both Sides of Contraception Mandate Sound Off
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Today, the Supreme Court heard two cases that have major implications for the intersection of religious liberty and health care in America. While Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties C ...

What Pope Francis Can Teach President Obama This Week
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago, when the United States established full diplomatic relations with the Holy See, critics of the move fell into two camps. Thirty years ago, when the United States ...

Can Pope Francis Help 'Reset' Frayed Ties Between Obama and the Catholic Bishops?
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

When President Obama and Pope Francis sit down at the Vatican on Thursday, the meeting may well offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic Church over the last six years: a leader of ...