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Rev. Jennifer Butler
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Rev. Butler is Executive Director of Faith in Public Life, a strategy center advancing faith in the public square as a force for justice, compassion and the common good. She is author of Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized. She has experience working on global human rights issues at the United Nations, and is an ordained Reverend in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Baptizing Corporations

(10) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:41 PM

While the long-term consequences of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby are unclear, it was no victory for religious liberty as the concept has been understood for hundreds of years. Rather, the decision was another radical expansion of corporate power by the Roberts court, and a permission...

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Attacks on Moral March Miss Their Mark

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 3:14 PM

The recent criticisms leveled by newspaper columnist J. Peder Zane and others against Rev. William Barber II for using religious and moral language to inspire political change displayed a disregard for history and even contempt for the role of faith in public life.

As we commemorate the 54th...

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Misusing the Bible, Abusing the Poor

(76) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 4:24 PM

From cover to cover, the Bible is 100 percent clear that God requires us to care for our brothers and sisters in poverty. When the U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that more than 46 million Americans were poor last year, it was a stinging reminder that we're failing...

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Rejecting the Austerity Gospel

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 11:33 AM

As the House and Senate vote on competing budget resolutions this week, religious leaders around the country are once again stepping into the breach to remind us that budgets are moral documents that should be judged by how they treat the most vulnerable.

On March 20, clergy...

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Challenging Racist Campaign Rhetoric

(6) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 1:09 PM

Newt Gingrich is running the most racially divisive presidential campaign in decades. In South Carolina, he consistently referred to President Obama as the "best food stamp President in American history" and singled out African Americans as content to live off of food stamps rather than work for a...

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The Golden Calf and Occupy Wall Street

(20) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 10:03 PM

As the #OccupyWallStreet movement continues to flourish as a national symbol of outrage at economic injustice and inequality, faith leaders are bringing a new dimension to the demonstrations in New York. I'm an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister, and I traveled to Wall Street last weekend with a lay Catholic friend...

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Rebuking Rep. Todd Akin's Religious Demagoguery

(19) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 2:02 PM

Inflammatory rhetoric in politics is commonplace, and religion is by no means exempt from the hostility. But once in a while a politician makes such an offensive, ignorant attack that it sparks religious voters to forcefully respond. Such confrontation is needed for the health of our public discourse.

That's what's...

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Confronting an Immoral Budget

(25) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 11:32 AM

Below are the remarks I gave at a press briefing on June 3 responding to the Faith and Freedom Coalition's conference in Washington, DC, at which conservative operatives worked not only to promote their usual social agenda, but also to portray their radical economic policies as moral.

Thanks everyone for...

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Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand: An Unholy Alliance

(24) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 5:14 PM

In an op-ed this week, Rep. Paul Ryan claims the GOP budget he authored would help poor and vulnerable Americans. In reality, this budget violates the principles laid out by major faith groups including the Catholic Bishops and would shred our safety net while preserving tax giveaways for...

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Setting the Record Straight on the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act'

(36) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 1:55 PM

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act last year, it was thanks in no small part to faith leaders who spoke out in favor of the principle that all people deserve access to quality health care. People of faith also consistently set the record straight in...

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A New Values Debate For 2012

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 3:36 PM

Conventional wisdom about faith and politics usually (and falsely) divides "values voters" motivated by opposition to abortion and gay marriage from an electorate focused on kitchen-table issues like jobs and taxes. This misleading script became a major media story after the 2004 presidential election when a flawed exit...

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American Muslims Deserve Respect

(11) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 5:05 PM

Rep. Peter King's hearings about the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community was just the first in a series of similar inquiries. Moving forward, I hope King takes to heart the sincere and fair-minded critique of his inflammatory rhetoric and sweeping generalization about the Muslim community. Controversial topics and contentious...

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