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Gustav Niebuhr

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Change the Washington R@dsk!ns Name? What Might a 19th Century Bishop Say?

(5) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Who wants Washington's NFL team to dump its name, the Redskins? Lately, the list has expanded to include U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and 49 of his Democratic colleagues. Soon, it could even include NFL players, every one of whom can expect a letter from the National Congress of...

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Why Reinhold Niebuhr Supported Israel

(25) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 11:13 AM

In February 1942, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr appealed for the United States and Great Britain, as a binding goal in the war against Hitler's Germany, to commit to creating "a genuine homeland" for Jews "under their own sovereignty, within the framework of the British Empire." "The Jews were the first,...

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Donald Trump Among Iowa Republicans: Is There a 'Family Values' Question Here?

(16) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 10:13 AM

Visit the Iowa Republican Party's homepage and you'll see an announcement about Donald Trump as the main event at the organization's Lincoln Day Dinner, next June 10. Well, why shouldn't they make a big deal out of it? The man's a bona fide celebrity, crossing all kinds of exciting lines...

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Congress Considers "In God We Trust"... But Who Is This God?

(586) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 2:09 PM

The agenda for the House of Representatives contains a bill, recently reported out of the Judiciary Committee, that asks our elected officials to reaffirm "In God We Trust" as our national motto. News reports indicate the bill's supporters appear particularly keen on having public school classrooms display the...

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Illinois Gives Up the Death Penalty for Lent (and Beyond)

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 1:08 PM

Maybe it was purely coincidence, but something striking took place in Illinois when Governor Pat Quinn chose March 9 to sign legislation abolishing the death penalty in his state. In the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday (falling this year on that date) traditionally marks a time of abstinence, in which the...

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Rep. Peter King: 'Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been a Radical Muslim?'

(202) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 10:45 AM

When was the last time a Congressional committee decided to investigate Americans based on their religious affiliation? I thought I knew something about our nation's history, but I admit I'm coming up empty on this one.

So it may well be that Rep. Peter King, a long-serving Long Island...

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A Buddhist View: King's Compassion Still Among Us

(14) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 2:05 PM

The university where I teach hosts an annual, community dinner in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, the event falls a full week after the official holiday, which has the effect -- a welcome one -- of encouraging people to spend more than a single...

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Obama's 'Gettysburg Moment': For Us, the Living

(79) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 9:36 AM

America's Founders, with their bedrock commitment to religious liberty, never considered creating the job of National Bishop. Instead, they gave us the presidency, an office that occasionally demands its occupant exercise a clear, theological function -- to comfort console a people who have always believed themselves to be uniquely "under...

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