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A Christian Voice of ‘Laughter, Love, and Peace’ Murdered in Gaza (by Philip Rizk)

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The last time I saw Rami, we were at the beach near Gaza City. A group of us were in the water and I was trying to force Rami underwater. Rami was a big man, weighing at least twice what […]

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‘We’re Going to Kill Them All’ (by Gareth Higgins)

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The Kingdom opens with a striking historical montage, depicting the roots of Saudi Arabia and why this country means so much to the U.S. We’re soon plunged into a horrific attack, viewing the killing of whole American families and the […]

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NYT: ‘A Pro-Lynching Movie That Even Liberals Can Love’? (by Gareth Higgins)

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It’s intriguing how many current films address questions of revenge and justice. Like all cinematic epidemics, this is a mixed bag, from Quentin Tarantino’s alternately boring and horrifying car-crash fest Death Proof, just released on DVD, to the slasher-style terror […]

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How I Celebrated ‘Patriot Day’ (by Shane Claiborne)

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A few weeks ago we looked at the calendar and saw that Sept. 11 is now officially titled “Patriot Day.” We started thinking of what would be an appropriate way to celebrate and remember this day, especially for those of […]

And the Killing Will Go On (by Jim Wallis)

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It was a big day for a general on Capitol Hill yesterday, as Gen. David Petraeus made his long-awaited “progress report” to a joint House committee. But one congressman remembered the last time a general’s testimony drew such public attention. […]

‘Bourne’ Again? /by Gareth Higgins/

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I wrote here a few weeks ago about the new Die Hard film, and especially how I felt it represented a disturbing advance in the portrayal of heroes as violent men whose main purpose is to uphold materialism. Among other […]

Gareth Higgins: Ray LaMontagne, Irish Car Bombs, and Business Travelers

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Ray LaMontagne’s recent album “Till the Sun Turns Black” ends with one of the most beautiful songs about peacemaking I’ve ever heard—in which he simply repeats the refrain “War is not the answer, the answer is within you” over the […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Turning a Robber onto Wine

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This story in today’s Washington Post made my day. As a pacifist Mennonite, I can’t count the number of times someone has posed “The Question”: If someone had a gun to your loved one’s head, and you could use lethal […]

Eda Uca: Testifying of the Nonviolent Jesus

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We don’t need another election. We need an exorcism. It is this that leads me from vigil to vigil and I burned with it on the evening of March 16, when I participated in nonviolent civil resistance and was arrested […]

Gareth Higgins: Live Free, or Watch ‘Die Hard’

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Great helicopters and explosions abound, the witticisms are barbed, and the cinematography is silver-grey in Die Hard 4.0 (or Live Free or Die Hard, depending on which empire you see it in). I was tired to start with, but the […]

Rose Marie Berger: James Loney’s Living Forgiveness

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“Norman, Harmeet and I have forgiven our captors,” says Jim Loney in yesterday’s op-ed to The Toronto Star. “Our reason is very simple. We’ve had enough with bombs and guns and gallows.” Sojourners and I spent many an anxious moment […]

Jim Rice: Justice Delayed

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The New York Times reported today that an indictment was issued on Wednesday in a 40-year-old murder case that helped inspire the Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965. Jimmy Lee Jackson was killed by Alabama state troopers, and retired trooper James Fowler […]

Hyepin Im: VA Tech and the Model Minority Myth

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Virginia Tech … although most of the nation has moved on to other headlines, Virginia Tech has not faded from my memory. As each day passes, I can’t help but feel the same mixed emotions I had during the 1992 […]

Linda Martindale: The Trouble with Quiet Diplomacy

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Having spent the first ten years of my life in Zimbabwe, and still feeling a somewhat deep sense of loyalty to the country of my birth, my ears prick up when the news turns to our troubled closest neighbor. Understanding […]

Soong-Chan Rah: Shame and Anger

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The dust has settled. Most – if not all – of the cameras and the national media have vacated Blacksburg, Virginia. America, and even the Virginia Tech campus, seems to be trying to move on. There’s a presidential race to […]

Mairead Corrigan Maguire: Nobel Peace Laureate Shot with Israeli Rubber-coated Steel Bullet

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Violence by terrorist groups has caused great suffering for Israelis, and has served as the rationale for many of Israel’s most restrictive policies regarding Palestinians. For that reason, it is all the more important to hear stories of Palestinians and […]

Adam Taylor: For God’s Sake, Save Darfur! End the Politics of Delay

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A recent survey showed that 59 percent of all Americans know “a lot” or “some” about the conflict in Darfur, compared to levels reported in 2004, when only 14 percent said they were familiar with the conflict. This shift has […]

Jim Wallis: ‘No One Deserves a Tragedy’

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Monday morning in Blacksburg, Virginia, 32 students and staff at Virginia Tech were killed in the largest single shooting in modern American history. The shooter, an angry and disturbed young man, then killed himself. Looking at the profiles of the […]

Shane Claiborne: When Violence Kills Itself

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I’ve always heard the old adage, “violence is a weapon of the weak.” But after events like the Virginia Tech massacre, it’s easy to think that violence has ultimate power. After all, we’ve learned history through the lens of war. […]

Diana Butler Bass: The Silence of a Murderer’s Mother

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This morning, on my way to Dulles Airport to catch a flight, I was listening to radio coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. The reporter was talking about shooter Cho Seung Hui, analyzing his personality and background, and trying to […]

Jim Wallis: ‘We Need to Be Liberated Again’

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On April 9, 2003, Saddam Hussein’s government collapsed as the U.S. military swept into Baghdad. The next day, President Bush delivered a triumphant “message to the Iraqi people.” In it, he said: The goals of our coalition are clear and […]

Ryan Beiler: Evangelicals and the El Mozote Massacre

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This past week has been a blur of activity with the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, but I didn’t want to let the passing of Rufina Amaya go unmentioned on this blog. If that name is unfamiliar to you, Amaya […]

Jim Wallis: Evangelicals Against Torture

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The struggle against torture and cruel treatment of prisoners by the U.S. received a major boost this week. In its recently concluded meeting, the National Association of Evangelicals board of directors last weekend endorsed an important new statement – An […]

Frida Berrigan: Gold Star for New Nukes?

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At the beginning of March, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced the winner of the so-called “Reliable Replacement Warhead” competition that pitted the nuclear laboratories against each other. Lawrence Livermore won out against its long-time rival Los Alamos. If all […]

Elise Elzinga: Hope from Despair in Cambodia’s Sex Trade

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The reality of Cambodia’s sex trafficking industry was vividly exposed to me one humid afternoon as I sat on a courtroom bench in Phnom Penh. I was sitting with four young girls as their sellers were escorted into the room. […]

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Why I Work for Immigration Reform (by Patty Kupfer)
When I tell people that I work on immigration reform, they usually laugh or say, "way to pick an easy topic." Everyday it feels like there is more fear, more hate. Raids are picking up in Nevada, California, and New York. A number of senators who supported comprehensive reform only a few months ago

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Audio: Jim Wallis on "Value Voters" on The Tavis Smiley Show
Last week Jim was on The Tavis Smiley Show and talked about how the changing political landscape will affect the upcoming '08 election. Jim and Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state, debated and discussed both the impact of "value voters" on the election and what those values entail. + Down

posted 10:11:56am Oct. 16, 2007 | read full post »

Verse of the Day: 'peace to the far and the near'
I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. But the wicked are like the tossing sea that cannot keep still; its waters toss u

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Daily News Digest (by Duane Shank)
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