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Pursuing Justice One Step at a Time

posted by Rabbi Or N. Rose

Earlier this week, a group of thirty or so young Jews, Christians, and Muslims came together to participate in a voter registration drive in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.  Working in partnership with the local ACORN branch, the interfaith activists […]


Election 2008: My Radical Gay Agenda (by Sara Miles)

posted by Sara Miles

When people talk about radical homosexuals, they mean me. When they talk about left-wing, socialist feminists, that would be me. And when they talk about Christian voters, that’s  me, too.    So I’m driving along yesterday with my friend and […]


Tricky Terrain: “Progressive” and “Religious”

posted by Omid Safi

The “p” word has had a tortured history with Muslims, as it does with many other religious communities. Ironically, it tends to work as a better marker to many non-Muslims of the social and political commitments of the Muslims who […]


Put Away Falsehood

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Just last week my cousin from Texas, whom I have not heard from for many years, forwarded me one of those emails. You know the ones that so many of us have gotten with the smears and lies about Senator Barack […]

The Racist Threat to Obama: Bigotry in the Head vs. the Polling Place

posted by Leonard Fein

Plainly, no one can confidently predict how large a factor racist attitudes will play in the November presidential election.  In the privacy of the voting booth, people’s fears and prejudices may be more powerful than the marked (and widely documented) […]

How long, O Lord, how long?

posted by Welton Gaddy

O God, here we go again, I thought as news wires began to sketch the tragedy played out in Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church last week.  My reaction would have been the same had the needless loss of lives occurred […]

America’s Mortal Sin: Class Bias. A Solution: Parochial Schools.

posted by Ray Flynn

In my last  post, I asked how one decided which is the most important political issue and who he/she should vote for for president.   I learned from my readings of the Bible to “Love thy neighbor” and that “I am my brother’s keeper.”  […]

A Note from the Pigeon Hole

posted by Ed Kilgore

The proprietors of Progressive Revival have encouraged us original bloggers to comment on a post by pastordan at Street Prophets offering a conditional disparagement of the ideological disposition of this crew.  Since Pastordan singled me out for abuse as nothing more than […]

Chaput, McCain and not-so-distant thunder from the Catholic “wafer wars”…

posted by David Gibson

As reports continue to cite Catholics like Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine or Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as veep short-listers for Obama, the McCain camp appears to have countered with a little-noticed event that could have large implications should Obama try […]

A Poignant Dispatch from Gene Robinson at Lambeth

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rev. Gene Robinson, the gay Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, was pointedly not to attend Lambeth Conference. But he has been there and posted this poignant dispatch on his blog.   Since arriving in Canterbury, I had not yet visited the […]

Daily Kos’s Criticism of Progressive Revival

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The current criticism of Progressive Revival by Street Prophets at Daily Kos highlights the tension in both religion and politics over who is “progressive enough” in this campaign season. They write that the Revivalists are not “an expression of the […]

Obama (finally!) Reaching Out to American Muslims

posted by Omid Safi

After some major bumps along the way, there is finally a very encouraging sign in terms of the relationship between the historic Obama Presidential campaign and the six million strong American Muslim community.   The Obama campaign has had a complex […]

The Dalai Lama connects with Obama and McCain while at the Aspen Institute

posted by Robert Thurman

I just had the huge pleasure of spending three days with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, with old friends and luminaries in the Tibet world. A sand mandala (sacred celestial mansion diagram) of […]

Common Good Revival

posted by Alexia Kelley

There is a new faith movement afoot in the public square, and this new blog is certainly one indicator.  This movement seeks wisdom from the idea of the common good – central to in my Catholic tradition, and many other […]

Kaine’s Faith Background

posted by Ed Kilgore

As Barack Obama gets closer to his choice of a running-mate, speculation today is focusing on Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, whose allies are letting it be known that he’s being fully vetted as a short-lister.  Kaine’s political strengths and weaknesses […]

Why Muslim Americans should find their political home among progressives

posted by Shahed Amanullah

Only a few election cycles ago, the trend in the Muslim American community (at least the 2/3rds of it that come from an immigrant background) was to vote Republican.  The argument was that the combination of socially conservative personal values […]

The Immigrant March in Iowa

Over the last quarter century, religious has almost become synonymous with Republican and right wing. Religion has been limited to abortion,  homosexuality and stem cell research.  But that is changing. People of faith are reviving the movements that helped to […]

“Praise the Lord–and Pass the Ammunition”

posted by David Gibson

Yet another church shooting, this time at a Unitarian congregation in Knoxville, and yet another chance to ask: Where is the religious community’s voice on gun control? The numbers are staggering: 30,000 Americans die each year from gun violence, but […]

Who’s Going to Win?

posted by Brian McLaren

One of my mentors once told me that the measure of a religion in a pluralistic society is the breadth and depth of benefits it brings to its non-adherents. It’s a fascinating thought that has kept sparking new thoughts in […]

The System

There are clearly major problems to be considered at this time in US electoral history. the economy, foreign policy, and the blurring of lines between combatants and non-combatants, for instance. But it’s just possible that there are obstacles in the system […]

Notes from the Food Line

posted by Sara Miles

By about ten this morning, outside the food pantry I run at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, the line of people waiting to get free groceries reached around the block. There were hundreds in the crowd: Chinese grandmothers with kids […]

The Conventions and the Issues

posted by Ray Flynn

Once again, both political parties are heading into their national conventions with just about everything already decided – the candidates, platforms and even the speakers.The excitement of political conventions is a thing of the past.Choreographers and media consultants have replaced […]

The Pathology of American Politics

posted by Eddie Glaude, Jr

I am already a bit weary of presidential politics, and it’s not even September. On the one hand, the excitement around Senator Obama’s candidacy that galvanized so many to engage the body politic stands alongside worn political tropes and familiar […]

Obama’s Outreach to the Muslim Community

posted by Welton Gaddy

First of all, I want to thank BeliefNet for assembling such an outstanding panel for this blog.  I am grateful to be included, and I am looking forward to spirited debates in the weeks and months to come. While Senator […]

Leonard Fein

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Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like ...

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