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Hate Crimes Legislation and the Pulpit

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Hate Crimes Bill passed the house yesterday 249-175 and so we have taken another step towards decency in our country and respect for all of our citizens.  This has been seen as a threat by conservative religious and legal […]


Specter’s switch

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is what it took to forget about swine flu – Arlen Specter joining the Democrats. I have a complete transcript of his official statement over at City of Brass. All the speculation about the political consequences and shakeup is […]


Barack of One Hundred Days?

posted by Diana Butler Bass

One of my favorite movies is the old film, Anne of a Thousand Days.  After her turbulent affair and brief marriage to Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn awaits execution in the Tower of London and reflects on the fleeting 1,000 days […]


Pray Away the Swine Flu

Dear God, Please take away the swine flu. Amen According to Martin Luther King, Jr. there is a power in us more powerful than the power of bullets. King knew that that power was the power of the Spirit. Call […]

Abortion Rights: Safe, Legal, and Early

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I remember reading something by that famously spiritual sage Dan Savage about abortion.  He was reporting an argument he had with another guy about abortion, with Savage taking the position that if a woman hadn’t gotten around to having an […]

The First 100 Days: Barack Obama’s Report Card

posted by Paul Raushenbush

President Obama has been in office 100 days and apparently that means that we get to evaluate him.  I don’t know when this time frame was established but 100 days doesn’t even equal a semester so it seems pretty early […]

The Torture Memos – Dick Cheney vs. Jesus

posted by Paul Raushenbush

When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then […]

Ahmadinejad Gives Another Victory to the Israeli Right: It’s time for Muslims and Arabs to Join Us in Denouncing His Racism and Holocaust Denial

posted by Michael Lerner

When representatives of many Arab and Muslim nations publicly applaud Ahmadinejad’s racist rant, the real losers are the Palestinians. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the Durban II conference on racism turned into a racist rant against Israel and the […]

Gotcha Miss California

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning, Miss California USA told an MSNBC anchor that she prays for celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Not unsolicited charity, her prayers are a response to an unexpected controversy from Sunday’s night Miss USA competition.  Miss California was one of […]

Columbine and Original Sin

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Ten years ago today, I was in San Francisco leading a retreat for Episcopal clergy from the western United States.  During the afternoon break, someone handed me a slip of paper saying that there had been a shooting at a […]

The Gathering Storm – Colbert Strikes Back

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Colbert Coalition’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest There were a lot of good spoofs of the National Organization for Marriage’s video The […]

An Uncharitable Perspective on Vice President Biden

posted by Paul Raushenbush

$1,885.00 out of $269.256.00 equals less that 1% of giving to charity – and that is what Vice President Biden and his wife decided was a good amount in 2008.    This is a pathetic attempt at charity.  It isn’t really an […]

Happy Progressive Income Tax Day!

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning, at 9:00 a.m. sharp, I took my tax payment to the local post office.  When I handed it to the clerk, she said, “I hate tax day.”  I replied, “Not me.  I don’t love parting with the money, […]

A Close Reading of the Text – The Progressive Approach to the Bible

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Common wisdom holds that the people who take the Bible most seriously in America are those from the conservative traditions who claim a literalist interpretation of the “The Bible says it and I believe it” variety. But try telling these same people that there are two […]

The Post 01/20/09 World

posted by Diana Butler Bass

For four years, I’ve been driving around with one of those “01/20/09″ stickers on the back of my car.   However, with the exception of election night and the inauguration, I haven’t really, truly believed that there has been a change […]

Easter Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Living and Reigning God We give you thanks on this Easter morning for the Resurrection of your son Jesus Christ! Lord, help us to make Jesus’ victory our own and to viscerally experience this liberating Good News.  From whatever graves […]

Politics and Good Friday

posted by Ed Kilgore

Like Paul, I grew up in a tradition that didn’t pay much if any attention Good Friday, or see anything terribly ironic about the adjective “Good.”  I’ve come to see that omission (and with it the implication that the crucifixion didn’t […]

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Today Christians observe what is known as Good Friday.  I grew up in a Protestant church that didn’t put much stock in dwelling on the crucifixion, preferring to stake our faith flag in the fertile ground of the resurrection.  It […]

Faith, Politics, and the Rest of Us

posted by Diana Butler Bass

All day Wednesday, MSNBC advertised a discussion about the “new role” of religion and politics to be aired on the Chris Matthews Show.   When the show began, guest host Mike Barnicle announced that the debate would feature atheist Christopher Hitchens […]

Gay Marriage and the New Improved Rick Warren

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rick Warren is now pro-gay marriage. Or, he never was against gay marriage. (video 1) Except that of course, he was against gay marriage.  (video 2) Rick Warren doesn’t equate gay marriage with incest or pedophilia.  (video 1) Except, or […]

President Obama, Islam, and the Push-me/Pull-you

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Yesterday, on the first day of Holy Week in the western Christian world, President Obama addressed Turkey’s Grand National Assembly and declared that the United States “is not and never will be at war with Islam.” “Our partnership with the […]

What Values will Bind the President’s Council on Faith Based Initiatives?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The President’s Council on Faith Based and Community Partnerships has been filled out. It puts together an extraordinary group of people from different backgrounds and ideologies reinforcing President Obama’s comments yesterday in Turkey : “One of the great strengths of the […]

President’s Faith-Based Advisory Council Taps Four Progressive Leaders Featured in Recent Book, Progressive & Religious

posted by Robert P. Jones

President Obama’s newly unveiled Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships taps four progressive religious leaders featured in my recent book, Progressive & Religious: How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming American […]

Iowa Blesses Gay Marriage

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Iowa Supreme Court did the just thing last Thursday when it found laws prohibiting marriage between people of the same gender unconstitutional.   The court gave a UNANIMOUS opinion displaying a moral clarity on the subject which other states and ultimately the […]

What Would Jesus Do About Needles and HIV/AIDS?

posted by guestblogger

William Martin is a Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University   First, consider the relevant facts:   The sharing of needles by injecting drug users contributes significantly […]

Limbaugh Joins Fight Against Poverty

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I just saw this in my inbox from Sojourners!  Hint – it came yesterday, April 1.  Rush Limbaugh to Speak at Sojourners’ Mobilization to End Poverty Get a free issue ofSojourners In an inspiring display of bipartisan bridge-building, talk radio […]

The Moral Superiority of Vegetarianism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A vegetarian diet is morally superior to one that includes industrially produced meat.   Now, as someone who really likes meat this is hard to take.  I am vegetarian during Lent but not all the time, I want to be, but I admit […]

A Passover Seder Haggadah Supplement

posted by Michael Lerner

For Ethically Sensitive Jews and our non-Jewish allies. This text is not meant to be a replacement for but a supplement to the traditional Haggadah. Feel free to make copies of this to use at any seder you attend, or […]

Message to Obama: Don’t Lead!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Much has been made about how the G20 is not going to follow President Obama’s lead in the meeting taking place today in Great Britain.  And I say – good.  Obama shouldn’t be forcing others to follow America’s lead, he should step […]

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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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