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Sheldon C. Good
Sheldon C. Good writes and works in the areas of faith, politics, poverty, & homelessness. In addition to the Huffington Post, his work has appeared in Sojourners Magazine, New York Times Magazine, and Mennonite World Review.

Entries by Sheldon C. Good

ISIS Has Little To Do With Islam, and Everything To Do With War

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 10:09 AM

Co-authored by Cyrus McGoldrick

In the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, the majority of people in the U.S. believe we should take part in a military response, including the use of increased U.S. airstrikes and ground forces against ISIS in Iraq and Syria....

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Responding to Violence in Israel-Palestine: An Invitation to Join the Peaceful Liberation Struggle

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:10 PM

As the streets of Jerusalem echo with masses of angry Israelis chanting "death to Arabs," mobs of Israelis have been attacking Palestinians in the street, at work, on the bus, and in the market. Video footage shows Palestinians being chased off public transportation and even

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With Syria, Obama Is Betraying King's 'Dream'

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 3:41 PM

With our nation poised to enter yet another great Middle Eastern civil war, this time in Syria, we are once again witnessing the glaring gap between President Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric and his public policy. This gap - evidenced by juxtaposing Obama's recent invocation of the Rev. Martin Luther King...

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The Demonization of 'Terrorism'

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Co-authored by Cyrus McGoldrick

The recent explosions at the Boston Marathon and subsequent media coverage exposed yet again a dangerous trend in U.S. culture: rushing to judgment in labeling and prosecuting crimes, and throwing away long-held U.S. American ideals and legal principles of due process.

Terrorism --...

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NYT Magazine Article Misleads on Washington 'Economic Boom'

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 5:56 PM

Annie Lowrey's recent New York Times magazine article "Washington's Economic Boom, Financed by You" provides a stimulating look into Washington, D.C.'s "economic boom" of the last few years. As D.C. residents, many of us encounter the ongoing transformation of our city every day. We know the area's economy...

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Is Choosing to Not Vote Selfish?

(15) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 1:09 PM

Editor's note: Today is National Voter Registration Day.

I live in a condo on K Street -- yes, that place seemingly symbolic of all that's wrong with Washington. Although K Street was once the center of the lobbying industry, it isn't anymore. Today, street vendors, the homeless and...

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Two Years After A Devastating Earthquake, Hope For A New Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 5:14 PM

Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's what a young, educated Haitian told me as our Land Cruiser meandered past the still-destroyed National Palace two years after a devastating earthquake struck. The young man said he had little hope for his country but would always have hope for...

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What's With All The Natural Disasters? A Christian Call to Stewardship

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 11:38 AM

It's been a historic year for weather. Floods along the East Coast. Wildfires and drought in the southern Plains and Southwest. Tornadoes across the Midwest and Deep South. A paralyzing blizzard. Entire communities, like Joplin, Mo., devastated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and disaster relief organizations stretched thin. How do...

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How 9/11 Has Shaped Our Collective Struggle

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 11:05 AM

The events of 9/11 retain a powerful grip on our collective consciousness. Nearly every American adult can answer "what were you doing during the attacks?" Personally and collectively, we've been profoundly shaped by 9/11.

But new research shows how we can be conflicted between ideals and application. We struggle...

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What Would Jesus' Commencement Speech Say?

(42) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 7:19 PM

When young people graduate, they're often told to follow their dreams. Change the world. After all, the sky's the limit.

But what if you don't know what you want to be when you grow up or lack the required social positioning to achieve it?

There are always limits to...

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A Budget To Protect The Poor

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 2:31 PM

Threats of a government shutdown are behind us, but the national budget debate continues. As legislators fight over what and how much and where to cut, Christian activists are advocating to preserve the lives, dignity and human rights of the poor.

The people of faith are pointing to a third...

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Christ is Risen: Our Story to Share

(27) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 12:15 PM

Did you hear the news today? Jesus, the One crucified on the cross, is risen! Do you believe it? Have you told anyone about it?

Jesus' resurrection is unreasonable and awe-inspiring. It was no more reasonable 2,000 years ago than it is today. Rise from the dead? How? And why...

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What's So Controversial about an Interfaith Prayer for Peace?

(40) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 4:22 PM

The National Prayer Breakfast is based on broad inclusivity, inviting "individuals of various nationalities, religions and political orientation in the power of prayer." So at this year's breakfast on Feb. 3, why was an interfaith prayer for world peace so controversial?

The prayer breakfast, which is now a two-day event,...

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Arizona Shooting Reminds Us Our Words Are Swords

(95) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 7:56 AM

God's heart broke just as ours did upon hearing of the victims in Tucson. It's a tragic reminder of how cyclical violence is and of how our words have consequences.

Speculation is running rampant on why Jared Loughner allegedly "planned ahead" and ultimately carried out a shooting at a suburban...

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Defending the 'Cult' of Environmentalism

(20) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 3:58 PM

Environmentalism is "deadly." It is "one of the greatest deceptions of our day," "striving to put America and the world under its destructive control" and "seducing your children." It is a dangerous "cult."

At least that's according to the publicity for a new 12-part DVD series, Resisting The Green Dragon....

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Does Sunday School Have a Future?

(232) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 9:54 PM

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? I think so, though it may not involve Sunday or school.

Sunday school has and will...

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Waiting For Sounds of Silence This Advent Season

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 8:29 AM

More than 2,000 years ago, something the prophets long predicted finally happened. For generations, the people of Israel waited for their Messiah, their Savior, who would deliver them from evil -- someone they could crown King.

A baby?

Mary and Joseph were equally surprised. Who asked for a child? Oh,...

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Haitians Protest Election and So Do I

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 12:33 PM

Anxiety set in for many people in Haiti long before Dec. 7, when the country's electoral board announced which two presidential candidates would likely participate in a January run-off election.

Apprehension began on Election Day, Nov. 28, as voting fraud was evident. Many election centers closed prematurely because...

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Bush Tax Cuts Give to the Rich, Oppress the Poor

(22) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 1:16 PM

As our politicians decide whether to extend the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, I'm reminded of Prov. 22:16:

"Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss."

Haven't we already seen this proverb play out with the housing and...

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Market's Hand, God's Embrace

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 11:23 AM

While Americans struggle financially, American corporations are thriving. Corporate executives will soon receive their Christmas bonuses. This disconnection between people and profits is the latest round of the "Miracle on Wall Street".

For workers, the economic recovery promises to be slow and painful. Unemployment sits idle at 9.6...

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