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Moral Issues

Economic Poverty Is Bolstered by Moral Deprivation

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The preferred modus operandi is to define poverty as a collection of lethargic, uninspired individuals who simply wait for the government to provide them with "free stuff," blaming the existing phenomenon on President Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty," or to simply say nothing.

Here's Why I Love the Che Guevara Jesus Poster

Paul N. Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul N. Alexander

I love this picture. I've been showing it in my classes for more than a decade. But why in the world would I -- an activist committed to consistent nonviolence -- appreciate a portrayal of Jesus that is blended with Che Guevara?

A Fact-Based Foreign Policy? Ask the Candidates About 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathaniel Frank

If Republicans believe openly gay service is a threat to national security, shouldn't they fight to reinstate the ban? And if they were wrong in that belief, shouldn't they be forced to say so?

Why We Create Moral Issues

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The concept of fairness is a moral value. Why are discussions of issues like gay marriage turned into moral issues? According to a new study, the psychological value of creating a moral issue is that it gives people a legitimate reason to have an opinion on an issue.

Voters on Tilt

Annie Duke | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Annie Duke

Whenever a voter casts their vote for a candidate that will hurt their economic interests just because they are pro-life or anti-gay marriage they are on tilt -- just as if they lost some really ugly hand at the poker table.

The Debt Iceberg: What's at Stake?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business
Lydia Fisher

In 2008, private-sector bad debts were absorbed by governments. Who will absorb government debts? Will the only outlet be expansionary monetary policy?

God Is Watching

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

When it comes to the bitter and ultra-partisan battles over the budget, the deficit, and the fast-approaching deadline for America to avoid defaulting on its financial commitments, the whole nation and even the world is watching. But God is watching too.

The Moral Imperative For Taxing Our 'Superfluous' Wealth

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

Aquinas argued that we have no right to goods which are not needed to support our station in life when others are in need. In such situations their need trumps our superfluities.

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We certainly did not get into this fiscal trouble by spending too much on the poor, and trying to reduce the deficit at the expense of our most vulnerable people is simply morally unacceptable.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Doing the Right Thing

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

We should approach the 21st century's foundational questions with the same ethical and moral concerns that led us to do the right and just thing regarding similar issues in our past, such as slavery and equality for all.

A Time for Moral Reckoning

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Theologically, we are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation. We were meant to be stewards of the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, we are watching the destruction of all that. Why?

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Wallis

When you massively intervene in a country as much as the U.S. has in Afghanistan, you can't responsibly just walk away. We must lead with what works -- development.

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Wallis

Already, thousands of our readers have signed a letter and contacted the White House urging a new way forward in Afghanistan. I encourage you to read it and to endorse this message if you have not done so already.

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of Our Country

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debate.

Obama's Health Care Speech: Hope Over Fear

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

In his speech last evening, Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition in the faith community had asked for -- reform as a moral issue, affordable coverage for all, and no federal funding of abortion.

Isn't Adequate Healthcare a Moral Issue?

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Byron Williams

Why don't we see the same fervor -- particularly emanating from the churches that seek to block gay marriage -- transferred, at least temporarily, to the 47 million Americans who must go without health care?

Three Moral Issues of Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, deeply personal but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play: to define and raise the moral issues that lay just beneath the policy debate.