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Manning Up

Randall Amster | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Randall Amster

Being accused of revealing the "Emperor's New Clothes" is likely to land one in hot water, but Bradley Manning's treatment has crossed all bounds of fairness, decency, and legality.

Obama's America: A Spiritual Wake Up Call

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I believe a highly significant part of my being an American is my freedom to protest actively and nonviolently when I completely honestlly disagree with the momentary course of events. In this spirit, I watched President Obama accept the mantle of leadership for another four years.

Jesus' Nonviolent Resistance For The Marginalized

Craig S. Keener | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If Jesus' preaching of an imminent kingdom sounded too political, it would arouse Roman concern. Jesus probably did not simply predict his death: He provoked it.

Palestine in 2013 Without Abbas or Meshaal

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is very likely that Palestine in 2013 will witness the absence of two major leaders that have shaped the Palestinian struggle for the past decades.

Gandhiji: The Father Of My Nation

KidSpirit | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
KidSpirit

To this man patriotism was religion. This man spoke of love and truth. He is the father of my country. His name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the man who surpassed Superman in his bravery and determination.

Happy Birthday to A Real Super Hero: Mahatma Gandhi

MC Yogi | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
MC Yogi

When I stop and consider Gandhi's timeless message, I am refreshed. He said the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. So here I am, offering to you my service. Celebrating his life, his message in a new video I made for my song "Be The Change."

How To Prevent Violence And Increase Interfaith Dialogue

Pamay Bassey | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Pamay Bassey

If you make a decision, in your own life, to reach out across the sometimes wide chasm of religious beliefs and practices, you can make a difference.

The Work Of Memory

John Thatamanil | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
John Thatamanil

Many, especially in New York, remember 9/11 because they cannot forget; the traumatic grip of memory is severe and unrelenting. What can "Never forget!" mean for those who have no choice in the matter?

Radical Catholics: Remembering The Catonsville Nine

Shawn Francis Peters | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Shawn Francis Peters

The Catonsville Nine still are worth remembering. Their protest and trial provided a singularly sweeping and sharp critique of the failings of American society in the 1960s. But it's probably a mistake to remember them merely as one-dimensional religious icons.

Oneness, Firefighting And Social Change

Michael Goldstein | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Michael Goldstein

Our world is full of enemies, and we tend to fight them, not meet them. What Occupy hasn't seen is how we can work to become so united as a people.

When Amish Mennonites Vote Republican, What Would Jesus Think?

Michael Shank | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Michael Shank

Mennonites around the world are very involved in responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. How in the world, then, can war, prejudice, hate-filled media, income inequality and poverty fit into this paradigm?

The Dark Knight's Delusion

Kevin Miller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Kevin Miller

We think we really can win this precarious game of one-upmanship against our enemies. At what point do the violent acts done in the name of "civilization" cause us to ask whether a civilization whose existence demands such bloodshed is worth protecting?

Faith, Freedom And Guns

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We continue to defend the absurdity of assault rifles and thousands of bullets on hand because we've given up a sense of faith. It's become a sort of idolatry of power.

A Fertile Summer For Violence

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

If we want to stop shootings in theaters and houses of worship, we'd better start paying attention to the seeds of hostility we're sowing in our theaters, houses of worship and even around our dinner tables.

Batman, Neo-Nazis And The Good News Of Jesus

Lee C. Camp | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Neo-Nazi violence divides the world into the good guys and the bad guys, and then employs violence against turban-wearing people of color who threaten "our way of life." The nonviolent, suffering love of Jesus was a direct challenge to this myth.

Buddhists Monks Against Humanitarian Aid?

Krystina Friedlander | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Krystina Friedlander

The same monks who campaigned against a brutal former regime are advocating against a stateless people, for what appears to be no other reason than their race and religion. How can we make sense of this, and where do we go from here?

A Sacred Duty: Ending The Injustice Of Gun Violence

Rev. Peter Laarman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Laarman

We religious leaders frequently and publicly lament the ongoing bloodshed in Afghanistan, Syria and other parts of the world. Yet, during the course of the past 30 years there have been more than 1 million gun deaths in this country, most of them preventable.

WATCH: Shane Claiborne: Violence Is Evil

Travis Reed | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Every day it seems like we're bombarded with news stories of violence. Shane Claiborne reminds us of Christ's third option to violence and a new narrative for a fractured world.

Climbing The Fence Between Fear And Possibility

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Together let us climb that fence. Together let us claim the future. Together let us make the impossible possible as we work to reconcile division, to transform injustice and to urge the lost onto the road home.

A Buddhist Yogi's Response To Mass Murder

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Darren Littlejohn

I should practice Ahimsa, non-harming. But in the situation of a madman with four guns and gas canisters, it might not be so simple.

The Myth Of Redemptive Violence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It's obvious that killing folks in a movie theater is sick and deranged, but the question arises: Is violence ever OK?

The Bodhisattva As Compassion Warrior

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Maybe this is Buddhism's time to say, "No, we have a different idea, the ideal of the Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva looks after everyone. The Bodhisattva will help you."

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven. Nobody Wants to Die

Jeremy Courtney | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Courtney

Why do so few Christians sign up for this Christ-like preemptive love in protracted foreign affairs? When the war drums start banging, why do so many fall in line?

Cut It Out: An Open Letter to Black Bloc Anarchists

Carl Gibson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Chicago
Carl Gibson

You didn't stop war, end capitalism, or even get close to the NATO summit. All you did was attract more riot police to an otherwise peaceful event, leading to kettlings, beatings and arrests. Way to go.

A New Symbol for New Times

John Jackson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
John Jackson

The aim of a symbol is to communicate as immediately and directly as possible the core of what you represent. Which brings us to an important question: Is it time to consider a new symbol for a new era?