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July 2009 Archives

Slow Words

posted by Diana Butler Bass

People often ask me why I don’t blog more often in the crucible of the news cycle when an issue is “hot.”  My friends and editors are always trying to get me to speed up–as I tend to be slow […]

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Rising Racism of the Right

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The racism of the right is getting louder and meaner as the Presidency of Barack Obama rounds the half way mark of the first year.  Defying his racist detractors, President Obama is about to invite a white cop and a […]

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Support a Public Option for Health Care

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The time to fight for a public option healthcare program is now.  As reported on the Huffington Post, the Senate finance committee has offered a bi-partisan proposal that would drop the public option for health care: These officials said participants […]

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Talking While Stupid: White Evangelicals, Dr. Gates and President Obama

posted by Brian McLaren

I think President Obama was right to soften the tone of his statement the other day on the Gates arrest incident; the word “stupid” wasn’t a helpful word choice. But the word, I think, accurately describes the reaction of a […]

The Real Decline of Churches

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Three news stories in recent days point to significant change in the landscape of North American religion.  For decades now, the conventional wisdom about church growth has been that only conservative churches–those that take the Bible literally and embrace conservative […]

Health Care and the Republican’s Waterloo

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Republicans called heath care reform Obama’s Waterloo but it is their own downfall they should be wary of. On a conference call with the same conservative group that brought us the lame tea bagging on tax day, South Carolina Senator Jim […]

Remembering Walter Cronkite

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Walter Cronkite’s death reminds us how full one person’s life can be if he puts his mind to it.  For most of us, Cronkite was a news man and the most important anchor person (and most trusted man) in America in the second half […]

Not Angels, but Anglicans

posted by Diana Butler Bass

For the last month, I’ve been in Australia and only occasionally heard news from the United States.  I haven’t minded too much missing arguments over health care and the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.  But I have fretted about missing the […]

Gay Bishops and the New Orthodoxy of the Episcopal Church

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It looks like the Episcopal Church is going to lift its ban on gay bishops.This is great news for those of us who support equal rights of gays and lesbians to serve at the highest office in any political or […]

Wise Latina Power! Judge Sotomayor and the Senate Confirmation Hearings

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I’m sick of the constant harping on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s ‘Wise Latina’ comment.  Jeff Sessions, the Senator from the great state of Alabama (‘everybody knows about Alabama’ -Nina Simone) made reference to it again in his opening/opposing statement at Sotomayor’s confirmation […]

Gay People Should Celebrate and Support the NAACP at 100!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gay people and their allies should take the occasion of the NAACP’s centennial to celebrate the NAACP’s century of accomplishments and recommit to supporting the organization and its objectives of ending racism in America.   Why? I’ll give you three reasons. 1) The NAACP […]

The Pope’s New Encyclical: No Communion for Economic Sinners?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Were any of the Wall Street scam artists and greed mongers who led our country and world into economic meltdown Roman Catholics?  If so, will they receive communion?   The New York Times reports on the Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate…On […]

47 National Religious Leaders (Christian, Jewish and Muslim) Call for Urgent Priority to Health Care Reform–and why I signed

posted by Michael Lerner

Explanatory Note from Rabbi Lerner: Why I Signed This Very Weak Statement         On the one hand, I wanted the Network of Spiritual Progressives to be included in a list of some of the most important religious forces in the […]

The Separation of Mosque and State

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The clerics of Iran are not of one mind on the recent Iranian election and voter fraud.  In fact they are deeply divided. The New York Times reported that in the religiously important town of Qum there is a group of […]

A Non-Violent Reflection on Independence Day

posted by Paul Raushenbush

On July Fourth many of us attend parades that, in addition to the local chamber of commerce float, include men, boys and sometimes girls dressed in soldier costumes reminiscent of the war that brought the colonies independence from the British.  […]

President Obama vs. Illegal West Bank Settlements (I support the President)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It is time to get serious about stopping ALL Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.  All moderate Americans and Israelis should rally behind President Obama in applying pressure on Netanyahu to stop these illegal settlements that are devastating both for Israeli security […]

President Obama holds White House Gay Pride Reception

posted by Paul Raushenbush

If you haven’t seen this it will hopefully give you confidence that no matter what people say, our President is on the side of the LGBT communities.  The President’s great line was about Stonewall in 1969 saying “That night, nobody […]

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Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair. But whereas Christmas focuses on the birth of a single individual whose life and mission was itself ...

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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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