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UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement
UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 65 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict in 2015, a United Nations' report says, which is nearly 6 million more than 2014. Over half of those forcibly displaced were children.

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Why Your Passport Makes Promise It Can't Claim
Why Your Passport Makes Promise It Can't Claim

By: Martin Accad
With a passport, the world is yours - at least that's what the slogan claims. After all, the world belongs to the Lord, and we are to be stewards. And many are denied the benefits of citizenship.

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Greece's Economic Woes Will Hurt Many People
Greece's Economic Woes Will Hurt Many People

By: Bob Newell
The ongoing economic struggles of Greece are far more than a simple lesson in contemporary economics. The nation's inhabitants face a raft of life-altering and unpleasant downturns.

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Strawberry Growers Shoot Migrant Workers in Greece
Strawberry Growers Shoot Migrant Workers in Greece
Strawberry growers in Greece allegedly opened fire on unarmed immigrant workers, shooting and injuring nearly 30 of them when they demanded to be paid for their work.
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Unjust U.S. Prison System Needs Reform
Unjust U.S. Prison System Needs Reform
A disproportionate number of people of color face both prison time and capital punishment, leading groups like Amnesty International to conclude that our judicial system is discriminatory.
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For the World's Ultra-Poor, Hope is Not Apparent
For the World's Ultra-Poor, Hope is Not Apparent
The appearance of hope becomes an obstacle when it maintains rather than challenges the prevailing social structures that keep the poor on the margins. We need hopelessness.
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The Least and the Lowly
We are the potential saints for future generations. We are the shoulders upon which others in the future will stand.
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Why No Moral Outrage Over Torture
Why No Moral Outrage Over Torture
The U.S. has delivered prisoners to Syria, now engaged in a bloody civil war, for interrogation. Widespread abuse has been documented in Gitmo. Why no moral outrage to torture?
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Answers Elusive for Refugees in Morocco
Answers Elusive for Refugees in Morocco
Refugees sneak into Morocco on their way to what they hope is a better life in Europe, but they're not welcome and their lives are endangered. Is the church willing to help?
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When Times Are Hard, Then You See the Challenges
When Times Are Hard, Then You See the Challenges
Greece's crushing economic crisis has unleashed an abundance of challenges on Greeks and Albanian immigrants. Here are some of the everyday realities they face.
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Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell Discuss Albania House in Athens
Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell Discuss Albania House in Athens
A half-million Albanian immigrants live in Athens. Bob and Janice Newell run a center where many of these "economic refugees" receive help in their transition. (Photo: LeadershipGreece2011.blogspot.com)
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More Carnivorous Diets Will Create Global Woes
More Carnivorous Diets Will Create Global Woes
As more people in the world crave a meat-based diet like the United States, some experts envision meat production doubling by mid-century. Can we sustain it?
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True Freedom Will Create Society of Justice
True Freedom Will Create Society of Justice
True freedom is more than showing our patriotism. It involves establishing a society based on equal rights for all, economic justice, compassion and charity.
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How James K. Polk Gave Us the U.S.-Mexico Border
How James K. Polk Gave Us the U.S.-Mexico Border
How did we end up with an 1,800-mile border dividing the U.S. and Mexico? The answer goes back to James K. Polk and an ideology known as Manifest Destiny.
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Will Our Schools Help Children of Immigrant Parents?
Will Our Schools Help Children of Immigrant Parents?
Children of first-generation immigrant parents often start school with the motivation to try hard, but they often end up apathetic and in low-performing schools. Will we help?
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Will You Eat Less to Reduce Global Hunger?
Will You Eat Less to Reduce Global Hunger?
Eating less can substantially reduce global hunger, not to mention improve the health of those of us in the U.S., where obesity has become a national epidemic.
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Ethical Lessons from Everyday Lives of the Poor
Ethical Lessons from Everyday Lives of the Poor
To focus on the daily existence of the marginalized – as mundane as crossing a river with a bundle of banana leaves – is to critically analyze the good and bad that shapes and forms the daily life of the poor.
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Could Those Who Make Your Shoes Afford Them?
Could Those Who Make Your Shoes Afford Them?
We enjoy our middle- and upper-class lifestyles because of the poor. Yet we seldom consider the connection between our privilege and their economic disenfranchisement.
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Evangelism – Forcing Doctrine or Reflecting Love
Evangelism – Forcing Doctrine or Reflecting Love
Evangelism must cease to be making the "unbeliever" believe the same doctrines. Instead, we should reveal the Gospel by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick.
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Ignoring Ethical Questions About Military Drones
Ignoring Ethical Questions About Military Drones
When we fail to consider the ethical ramifications of employing new military hardware, we risk setting a precedent that may create a less stable world as other nations acquire similar technology.
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7 Ways to Detect Any Type of Fundamentalist
7 Ways to Detect Any Type of Fundamentalist
Whether religious, atheist or political, fundamentalists disdain, dismiss and disrespect those who refuse to blindly accept their particular ideological worldview.
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Immigrant Abuse Runs Rampant in Border Patrol
Immigrant Abuse Runs Rampant in Border Patrol
A disturbing video of Border Patrol agents beating a Hispanic to death illustrates the rampant abuse of undocumented immigrants. How long will we remain silent?
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Should We Blame God for Tragedies, Deaths?
Should We Blame God for Tragedies, Deaths?
We all face tragedy, misery, illness and death. When seemingly unfair events occur, many of us question if any sense of cosmic justice and mercy truly exists.
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How the Poor Teach Us About the Divine
How the Poor Teach Us About the Divine
In a dirt-floor hut in a Mexican village, a poor woman's simple action taught students and their professor more about divinity than all of their textbooks could.
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3 Forces Threaten to Change Higher Education
3 Forces Threaten to Change Higher Education
Anti-intellectual politicians, universities too focused on their bottom lines, and the elimination of tenure all threaten to change higher education. And an educated electorate is vital to democracy.
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Arizona Schools Forced to Ban Ethnic-Studies Books
Arizona Schools Forced to Ban Ethnic-Studies Books
Arizona schools that are largely comprised of Mexican-Americans are eliminating ethnic-studies programs to avoid "biased, political and emotionally charged" teaching.
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Procedure Steamrollers Immigrants' Human Rights
Procedure Steamrollers Immigrants' Human Rights
Instead of deporting undocumented immigrants, we've created an elaborate and expensive legal procedure that violates their basic human rights. Is this justice for all?
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Anti-Immigration Laws Designed to Induce Fear
Anti-Immigration Laws Designed to Induce Fear
Some states require law enforcement to determine the citizenship of suspected undocumented immigrants. These laws are intended to induce fear in those who don't look like "Americans."
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Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Because detaining the undocumented is a billion-dollar industry, inmates are often denied basic needs and face abuse. The most vulnerable are at the mercy of corporations that profit by their detention.
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As America's Rich Get Richer, Hispanics Suffer
As America's Rich Get Richer, Hispanics Suffer
Even though past generations of Hispanics bought into the American Dream, the economic structures have been – and continue to be – constructed to maintain their disenfranchisement.
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New Bible Includes the Word
New Bible Includes the Word "Immigrant," Brings Moral Clarity
Making the Bible's witness completely relevant and its moral imperative inescapable for the faithful, a new translation replaces the words "stranger" and "alien" with the word "immigrant."
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Economy Transfers Wealth - From the Bottom Up
Economy Transfers Wealth - From the Bottom Up

Our current economic system transfers wealth from the bottom of society to the top, creating a growing income disparity between the rich and poor, many of whom are disproportionately people of color.

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How Language Use Forces Minorities to the Margin
How Language Use Forces Minorities to the Margin
For many Hispanics, once their "broken" English is detected, they are relegated to the margins, facing hostile congressional laws and proposals unless they can certify they belong.
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U.S. Evangelical Zionists Misuse Bible, Harm Palestinian Christians
U.S. Evangelical Zionists Misuse Bible, Harm Palestinian Christians
Following their end-of-the-world beliefs, Christian Zionists in the U.S. misuse the Bible to theologically justify displacing and oppressing Palestinians, thwarting efforts for Middle East peace.
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The Real Class Warfare: Protecting the Super-Rich
The Real Class Warfare: Protecting the Super-Rich
Those who question the disparity of wealth in the U.S. are often accused of promoting class warfare. But the real class warfare is being waged by politicians protecting the super-rich – and they're winning.
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Media's Too Liberal? Try Too Lacking Diversity
Media's Too Liberal? Try Too Lacking Diversity
Many often bemoan that the media is too liberal. A far greater and more accurate concern is that most newsrooms have little to no diversity, and that affects their coverage.
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Forgotten Past: Religious Minority to Oppressive Majority
Forgotten Past: Religious Minority to Oppressive Majority
As some Christians celebrate Alabama’s adoption of the harshest anti-immigration law in the nation, it’s clear they have forgotten their own roots as an oppressed religious minority.
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SBC's Contentious Debate over
SBC's Contentious Debate over "Amnesty" for Undocumented Immigrants
Marring the racially inclusive image that Southern Baptists attempted to present through their annual meeting, a resolution on immigration sparked a lively debate over a proposal that critics called "amnesty."
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Injustice in Global Labor Market Is at Church's Doorstep
Injustice in Global Labor Market Is at Church's Doorstep
The maid at the center of the charges of sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is typical of those employed in the world's luxury hotel industry. Many live on meager incomes and work in subhuman conditions.
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Myth Busted: U.S. Not Founded as Christian Nation
Myth Busted: U.S. Not Founded as Christian Nation
The popular myth that the Founding Fathers were followers of Jesus who desired to start a Christian nation is a convenient fiction that threatens our democratic ideals of liberty and freedom.
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Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Unlike those who reject the idea of amnesty for America's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor advocates for the rights of the immigrant community.
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What Politicians Mean When Extolling U.S. Exceptionalism
What Politicians Mean When Extolling U.S. Exceptionalism
When politicians talk about U.S. exceptionalism, their rhetoric implies that the ethical and moral imperatives keeping other nations in check don't apply to us because the United States is the "greatest country on earth."
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Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent
Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent "Solutions"
When politicians ramped up their anti-immigrant rhetoric to garner votes, violence against Hispanics increased 40 percent. Is it any surprise that even Hispanic U.S. citizens are fearful?
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Widow's Mite Condemns Culture of Religious Greed
Widow's Mite Condemns Culture of Religious Greed
The story of the widow's mite is generally idealized as an example of Christian behavior for the poor. Instead, Jesus is denouncing a religious social structure that cons the widow out of what little she has.
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Obama Lost Egypt? When Did It Belong to Us?
Obama Lost Egypt? When Did It Belong to Us?
The radical right-wing media is blaming Obama for losing Egypt, but for one nation to lose another nation implies ownership. They prefer a U.S. that functions as an empire, not as a defender of global democratic movements.
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Anti-Hispanic Assault Shifts to State Governments
Anti-Hispanic Assault Shifts to State Governments
The real threat to the freedom of Hispanics is shifting to state governments. Some state lawmakers are proposing to limit access to public colleges and to seize the property of those who "harbor" the undocumented.
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House GOP Appointments Are Bad News for Hispanics
House GOP Appointments Are Bad News for Hispanics
The recently announced committee chairs for the 112th Congress clearly indicates that the new GOP House leadership is detrimental to the well-being of the Hispanic community.
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In God's Eyes, Multiculturalism Isn't Dead
In God's Eyes, Multiculturalism Isn't Dead
German Chancellor Angela Merkel claims multiculturalism has failed. Americans, who have never known another form of society, should be angered by such an extreme statement.
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Honoring the Sabbath When You're Out of Work
Honoring the Sabbath When You're Out of Work
In the Scriptures about the Sabbath, gainfully employed Christians focus on the day of rest. But there's another interpretation. Minorities, for whom the jobless rate is higher, are eager to honor the Sabbath with six days of work.
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Tea Party May Regret Getting Government It Wants
Tea Party May Regret Getting Government It Wants
The angry rhetoric from Tea Party members may demand a greater say in how they're governed, but the rise of "strict constitutionalists" will threaten centuries of democratic advancements.
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What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
Unlike those who keep misquoting the Quran in order to frame Islam as some type of terrorist religion, what if Christians took the time to read it as a way to seek dialogue with those who are also seeking the face of God?
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Your Invitation to Be a Born-Again Vegan
Your Invitation to Be a Born-Again Vegan
When we consider the damage that humans inflict upon the earth because they choose to be carnivorous, it makes sense that the original order of vegetarianism should be seriously reconsidered.
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Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
To equate a mosque with terrorists is either the height of ignorance or depth of callous manipulation. It shows how hate and fear, two powerful political motivators, have been employed to rally the worst in Americans.
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Is Sen. Webb Right? Whites Are Victims of Racism?
Is Sen. Webb Right? Whites Are Victims of Racism?
U.S. Sen. James Webb argued that present-day diversity programs have made whites the real victims of racism. His position would be laughable except a growing number of Euro-Americans seem to agree.
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Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
Mural's Ethnic Diversity Draws Politician's Ire
An elected official in an Arizona community took offense at a school mural featuring different ethnic children, questioning why the biggest picture was a black person. But, as the councilman tells it, that doesn't make him racist.
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Lot's Wife: Vain? Materialistic? Or Just Human?
Lot's Wife: Vain? Materialistic? Or Just Human?
Lot's wife has been dismissed throughout history as a vain and materialistic woman who deserved her punishment. Maybe we should see her as we see the rest of us: a human who falls short of the glory of God.
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The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The story of God's people is the story of aliens. Throughout the biblical text we are reminded of God's concern for the alien and the stranger who reside among us.
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Tea Partiers Colorblind to Arizona's Fascism
Tea Partiers Colorblind to Arizona's Fascism
Arizona recently passed the most fascistic law imaginable. Heaven forbid if you are a Latina or Latino who left your papers in the hotel room. So why aren't tea party activists protesting? Maybe because fascism is selective.
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Extreme Rhetoric May Set Stage for Violence
Extreme Rhetoric May Set Stage for Violence
The rhetoric of the Tea Party members and others, who were unable to make their will mandatory through the electoral process, is crossing a dangerous line into a social activism that condones violence.
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Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
As tens of thousands are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend to call for comprehensive immigration reform, we must not forget the deaths caused by the government’s current border policy.
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Beck's Claim at Odds with Jesus' Teaching
Beck's Claim at Odds with Jesus' Teaching
Glenn Beck claimed that churches used "social justice" and "economic justice" as code words for Nazism and Communism. But many churches silently agree with him as they worship at the altar of personal piety.
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Breaking Barriers: Reading the Bible in Spanish
Breaking Barriers: Reading the Bible in Spanish
The language in which our Bibles are read can have more of an influence on the theology we derive from the reading than we are willing to admit. Reading in Spanish can offer a different interpretation than English.
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Why a Journal on Race, Ethnicity and Religion?
Why a Journal on Race, Ethnicity and Religion?
Why do many scholars of color find it difficult to get their articles published or gain tenured employment? Perhaps the academic community's call for diversity is more for political correctness than intellectual prowess.
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Why is Pat Robertson So Quick to Condemn Haiti?
Why is Pat Robertson So Quick to Condemn Haiti?
The earthquake in Haiti will certainly not be the first time that we look around us and wonder why evil triumphs. But why are some Christians, like Pat Robertson, so quick to condemn in the name of God?
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Lessons from Niebuhr Put Obama at Odds with Poor
Lessons from Niebuhr Put Obama at Odds with Poor
Back in 2007, Barack Obama proclaimed Reinhold Niebuhr as one of his "favorite philosophers." But what the president took away from Niebuhr puts him at odds with the world's poor and oppressed.
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How to Determine When War is Just or Unjust
How to Determine When War is Just or Unjust
Just war theory is based on the assumption God condones wars that are conducted to destroy evil and rectify injustices. But we must ask: Who gets to define evil and injustices?
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Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
When it comes to meaningful immigration reform, the marginalized have more to fear from political allies, who often are quick to profess solidarity but slow when they fear votes could be lost. Shame on them.
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Why Christ's Euro-American Image Afflicts Hispanics
Why Christ's Euro-American Image Afflicts Hispanics
Just as Euro-Americans have for centuries worshipped a Christ in their own image, it becomes significant for Latinas and Latinos to see the Divine as an ethnic Hispanic. Here's why.
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No Samaritans Allowed: U.S. Prohibits Helping Migrants
No Samaritans Allowed: U.S. Prohibits Helping Migrants
If America truly is a nation based on Judeo-Christian values, why does the U.S. prohibit us from being Good Samaritans to people desperate to migrate here? It repudiates Jesus' teachings.
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Who's Really Hurt by America's Travel Ban to Cuba?
Who's Really Hurt by America's Travel Ban to Cuba?
Cuba is the only country in the world to which the U.S. bans its citizens from travel. The only ones suffering because of the embargo are Cuba's people, not Castro. Will 50 years of failed policies come to an end?
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The America Glenn Beck and Company Long For
The America Glenn Beck and Company Long For
Right-wing pundits and politicians as well as angry citizens at town-hall meetings have called for a return to their America. But what kind of America do they really want?
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Stranger Danger? Fear Mustn't Sway Immigration Views
Stranger Danger? Fear Mustn't Sway Immigration Views
Since the horror of 9/11, our nation has developed a fear of foreigners. We need to make sure our views on immigration are guided by the compassion of our faith, not the fear of our culture.
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 Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Rather than tackle the humiliations of being Hispanic today in this country, the president announced that legislation to overhaul immigration laws will be delayed until next year.
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Health Care's Two Masters: Healing and Making Profits
Health Care's Two Masters: Healing and Making Profits
We will never reform the health care system until we acknowledge the white elephant in the room. The system's current purpose is not to restore health but to make a profit.
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Claiming Colorblindness: A Myth That Needs to be Debunked
Claiming Colorblindness: A Myth That Needs to be Debunked
Sen. John Cornyn, as well as many Euro-Americans, perceives the ideal response to racism is to claim colorblindness. As noble as this may sound, it is a policy that is detrimental to communities of color.
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Sotomayor's Privileged Critics Hurl Clueless Charges of Racism
Sotomayor's Privileged Critics Hurl Clueless Charges of Racism
Critics of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor suggest her remarks in a 2001 speech reveal her racism. In fact, their criticisms disclose that those with power and privilege have no concept of what it means to be marginalized.
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Society's Structural Sin Oppresses Marginalized Communities
Society's Structural Sin Oppresses Marginalized Communities
Sin is not only a personal act. It also manifests itself socially through laws and regulations that permit the few to live in privilege and the many to live in want. That's why our society must move away from structural sins toward a more just society.
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Who Do We Really Worship? Prince of Peace or Tsar of Torture
Who Do We Really Worship? Prince of Peace or Tsar of Torture
Something is seriously wrong with American Christianity when more than half of white evangelicals believe that torture is often or sometimes justified. No matter how we try to manipulate the Scriptures, we simply can never reconcile Christ with torture.
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Dominant Culture Influences Our Reading of the Bible
Dominant Culture Influences Our Reading of the Bible
The minds of many people of color have become accustomed to seeing reality through the lens of the dominant culture. The horror is when they accept this false reality as truth.
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Stop the Export of Terror
Terrorism, as a political tool, is abhorrent to all people of good will. Civilized nations have a moral obligation to eliminate the use of terror. We as a nation, due to our rhetoric of expounding the virtues of democracy, are held to a higher standard in ending the terrorism that is imported and exported.
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9/11: A Day That Lives in Infamy
Not to sound trite, but 9/11 is indeed a day that will live in infamy. On this day a sovereign democracy was savagely attacked by a terrorist organization.
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Converting the Church
I must have been about 10 when I first went to Disneyland in Southern California around 1968. Going to Disneyland was a dream come true for me. My parents scraped and saved to make this trip possible.
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Show Me a Sexist; I'll Show You a Racist
Ah! The good old days--when men were men and women were kept in the kitchen; when being white was right for America.
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James Dobson Preaches a False Gospel
For the past eight years, James Dobson's brand of Christianity has been normative in the land. Dobson has preached a Christ acceptable to the present Bush administration. When George W. Bush and company get down on their knees, they pray to the same Christ to whom Dobson turns for guidance in making moral decisions.
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Top Ten Questions Never To Ask a Hispanic Who Is Visiting Your Church
Over the years I have had the pleasure of visiting many predominant Euro-American churches. Without fail, some well-meaning person would usually approach me and ask a question that literally left me speechless.
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Focus on the Undocumented Family
Family values have arisen as battle cry among Christians, specifically conservative Christians. During past presidential elections, family values were indicated as being a decisive factor for the electorate in arriving at the decision for whom to cast a vote.
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The Devil Is In the Doing of Evil
Reading sacred texts about an all-loving and all-powerful God raises questions and concerns when that image is compared to the realities of life. All have faced, or will face, tragedy, misery and death. Events will occur that appear unfair, leading most of us to question if any sense of cosmic justice truly exists.
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Environmental Racism: Another Inconvenient Truth
Most Americans are coming to terms with the environmental peril facing our planet. Documentaries, books, media attention and scientific research are raising consciousness to this very important issue. For this we should all be grateful. However, there exists an inconvenient truth within the present environmental movement. The greatest levels of environmental derogation exist where people of color live.
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What Do Obama, Clinton and McCain All Have in Common?
What do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have in common? All three are ontologically white males. No one can become the leader of the world's most powerful country (empire?) unless they are committed to what male whiteness symbolizes within the colonial process.
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The Ethics of Waterboarding
On Feb. 22, the Justice Department revealed that an internal ethics review conducted by the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the CIA's use of waterboarding.
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Constantinian Christianity
Erick Prince, founder of Blackwater, testified last fall before the House Oversight and Government reform committee concerning his company's activities in Iraq. Steeped in conservative Christian traditions, the Prince dynasty has deep Republican roots whose fortunes were freely spent to support religious causes like James Dobson's Focus on the Family or provide seed money for the Family Research Council, ran by former presidential candidate Gary Bauer.
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Help Wanted: Black Friend
The great modern-day theologian--Steven Colbert of the popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report"--recently began accepting applications for the position of his very own "black friend."
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What Happens When You Fry Baloney?
Ever wonder what happens when you fry baloney? I expect puzzled looks from my students every time I ask this question. Why would anyone in their right mind fry baloney? Still, usually a few students provide the correct answer: it bubbles up.
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The Biblical Call for Liberation
What guidelines, if any, can be derived from the biblical call for liberation? The past years have witnessed an attempt to come to terms with the presence of undocumented aliens. Regardless of the shape future legislation may take, as Christians, there exist moral guidelines by which our handling of undocumented aliens can be judged.
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The Alien is Jesus Among Us
On Aug. 22 a prayer vigil showing solidarity for Elvira Arellano, and all of the other families in risk of separation due to our inhumane immigration system, was held in Denver.
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Conservatism Not a Choice
A recent study released by the Baptist Journal of Behavioral Science concluded that conservatism is not a choice, but rather a genetic trait.
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Do Southern Baptists Really Support 'Biblical' Marriage?
God bless you Paige Patterson! It is men of courage like you who will save the Southern Baptist Convention and the nation.
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For Southern Baptists, Racial Reconciliation Must Go Beyond Words to Deeds
Racial reconciliation can never be confused with the white dominant culture shedding crocodile tears while offering deep felt apologies. Unfortunately, this has been the pattern employed by my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention.
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LA Police Attack on Hispanics Provides Civics Lesson From the Margins
Imagine you are part of a group of concerned citizens frustrated with Congress placing timetables on the military spending bill. Your group of mainly white, middle- and upper-class residents decides to hold a rally, partly to protest Congress' recent actions but also to support the president's handling of the war.
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Why the Latino Community Isn't Defending Gonazales
Poor Alberto Gonzalez. President Bush's embattled attorney general is fighting alone for his political survival.
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Mr. De La Torre Goes to Washington
I am honored today to participate in a press conference in our nation's capitol. Basically, I, along with several hundred clergy from around the nation, gather to urge Congress to pass two pieces of legislation before them: the hate-crime bill and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
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The Color of Money in America
Just as First World conditions exist among the elite in the Third World, Third World conditions exist in the First World.
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Lack of Racial Diversity Harms White Students
Until the 1950s, racial segregation in public schools was the norm throughout the United States.
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Living in the Borderlands
From Tijuana on the Pacific Ocean to Matamoros on the Gulf of Mexico runs a 1,833-mile border separating the United States from Latin America. Around the halfway point on this border is Ciudad Juárez. Flowing southeastwardly from Ciudad Juárez to Matamoros is the Rio Grande, literally the Big River.
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Moral Ambiguities and Guantanamo
Thinking about the moral ambiguities associated with the activities at Guantanamo, we usually concentrate on how prisoners are treated or the legal procedures employed for processing prisoners.
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God and Country
"Beside the rivers of the Potomac we sat and wept at the memory of our homeland, leaving our conga drums by the palm trees…. 'Sing,' they said, "some Mambo." How can we sing our rumba in a pagan land? Mi patria, if I forget you, may my right hand wither" (Ps. 137).
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The Chickens Come Home to Roost

September 11 is a day burned into the consciousness of many. On that day a democratically elected government woke up to a violent act committed by a foreign power. These terrorists succeeded in bringing about the tortuous death of 3,200 citizens. These acts against humanity occurred in 1973.

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What I Learned from Tommy
Tommy, not his real name, was a good friend of mine. We met in the '80s at our local Southern Baptist Church, where I served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. At the time we were both young, single and took our faith seriously.
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Their Terrorists and Ours
A bomb explodes aboard a plane, downing the airliner and killing all on board. At a hotel in a busy tourist section of the city another bomb explodes, killing and wounding vacationing Europeans. These acts were committed by those wishing to topple a form of government they hold in contempt, a form of government whose leader is often referred to as the great Satan.
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Columbus Day No Reason to Celebrate
Women were raped. Children were disemboweled. Men fell prey to the invaders' swords. Within a generation, the lives and cultures of the indigenous people of the Americas were forever changed. Avarice for gold and glory took its course and decimated the population.
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Baptists and Alcohol: What Would Jesus Do?
Thank the Almighty for men of God like Brad Reynolds, professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina and pastor of Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Clarksville, Va. A man who is not afraid to stand firm on the Word of God, come what may.
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Catch an Illegal Alien
Wonder why some of us insist that the present Republican-led debate on immigration is a race-based attempt to win votes during the upcoming close election?
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Breaking Down Walls
Paul's epistle to the Ephesians provides an excellent illustration of tearing down walls that separate according to power and privilege.
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Justice and Peace Must Kiss
In 1985, Andean Indians wrote a letter to Pope John Paul II, signed by leaders of several Indian organizations.
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The Sin of Sodom
United States' history has proven that most of its presidents, congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices have been guilty of the sin of Sodom. Many of the religious leaders today, specifically conservative evangelicals, are also guilty of Sodom's sin. If truth be known, this writer is also guilty of the sin of Sodom. So are most readers of this column.
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Rhetoric Kills
Rhetoric kills--specifically the war rhetoric emerging from Washington D.C. to justify the invasion of a country which posed no strategic threat to the United States. As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, we can expect many politicians to throw around slogans like "fighting for freedom," "protecting our liberties" or "freedom isn't free."
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The Myth of Color-Blindness
For the past half millennium, racial and ethnic forms of economic oppression were normalized and legitimatized in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of Euroamericans, an entrenched understanding that found legal (eugenics was constitutional upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court) and religious justification.
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Speaking in Tongues
"Then Gilead cut Ephraim off from the fords of the Jordan, and whenever an Ephraimite fugitive said, 'Let me cross,' the men of Gilead asked him, 'Are you an Ephraimite?' If he answered 'No,' they said, 'Then say Shibboleth.' He would say 'Sibboleth,' since Ephraimites could not pronounce the word correctly. Thereupon they seized and slaughter him by the fords of the Jordan" (Judges 12:5-6).
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Bananas
They come here to take away our jobs and use up our social services. They come in search of the American Dream hoping to find a better life for themselves and their families. These are the two most common answers given when asked why They cross the border. Yet, the real reason They keep coming is bananas. Yes--bananas. And our refusal to honestly deal with the role of bananas contributes to much of the misinformation surrounding the current immigration debate.
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Christian Justification of Torture is Satanic
We all heard of Abu Ghraib, where prisoners were sadistically abused by U.S. military forces. We were told by our government that these abuses were an aberration conducted by a few rogue soldiers who have sullen the good name of all Americans.
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Happy Anniversary
Number of years since the U.S. invaded Iraq: 3. Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq: 2,520.
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Selling Civil Rights
Andy, say it isn't so! Tell us you didn't sell your legacy for a pot of pottage! I simply cannot believe that you, who had walked with Martin Luther King, who had fought for justice, who had defended the marginalized, could possibly sell out not only to corporate America, but by far, one of the most abusive corporate entities.
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Racial Profiling is Everyone's Business
When I was in my mid-20s, I decided to spend a spring weekend in the Big Apple.
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A Biblical Budget
After reviewing President Bush's $2.77 trillion budget for 2007, I am convinced that he is a man who reads the Bible literally. Specifically Matthew 25:29: "For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
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Resegregating America's Schools
One of the greatest accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement focused on a desegregated education. Until the 1950s, racial segregation in public schools was the norm throughout the United States.
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The State of the Empire
The president of the Northern Kingdom strutted toward the podium. Tonight he would address the empire, sharing his impression of the state of the union.
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A 'Spanglish' Christmas
As all good theologians know, Heaven is a lot like a tropical island in the Caribbean, where cool gentle breezes refresh the land and the soul from the heat of the day. Hence Christmas is best celebrated in shorts and a tank top, preferably at the beach. Forgive me, but I do not dream of a "white Christmas."
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'Full-Quiver' Theology Appeals to Race
In a July 27 column in Baptist Press, Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (my alma mater) insists that couples who choose childlessness are guilty of "rebellion against parenthood [that] represents nothing less than an absolute revolt against God's design."
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Justice for Tookie
On Dec. 13, Stanley Tookie Williams has a date with death. He sits in California's Death Row. The only thing that now stands between him and the executioner is a final appeal for clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Columbus Day No Reason to Celebrate
Women were raped. Children were disemboweled. Men fell prey to the invaders' swords. Within a generation, the lives and cultures of the indigenous people of the Americas were forever changed. Avarice for gold and glory took its course and decimated the population.
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Recipe for a Perfect Storm
The recipe for a perfect storm is when an economic policy that is devastating to the poor is mixed together by an administrative kitchen of incompetency.
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Equal in God's Eyes, but Not in the Media
No doubt we are all familiar with Natalee Holloway. She's the blond, blue-eyed graduating honors student from Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham, Ala., who was participating in a senior trip with classmates on the Caribbean Island of Aruba when she disappeared.
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Shaking Off the Dust
"The spirit of the Lord is upon me, and has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor, proclaim freedom to the captives, provide sight to those who cannot see, bring liberation to the oppressed, and proclaim the Lord's year of jubilee!"
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Teaching the Bible in Public Schools
I'm concerned that public schools are debating the inclusion of a book in its curriculum that has disturbing sections. Should our young children be exposed to certain stories? Below is a section of a book that I'm sure will disturb many Christians:
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A Crusade for National Power
When tempted by Satan in the desert, Jesus was promised all the kingdoms of the earth in exchange for worshipfully bowing down to the Prince of Darkness. Jesus refused Satan's temptation of political power.
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How to Promote 'Diversity' Without Really Trying
Snap! Flash! Employees, board members, citizens and students of color are being followed around as they work, shop, study or play. But this time it's by camera-toting public relations folk eager to catch them in the act of representing the organization's commitment to diversity.
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Prophets of the King
Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and Ahab, king of Israel, joined forces to make war against the king of Aram. But before marching off on their holy crusade, Jehoshaphat insisted on consulting the word of God.
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Which God is Dead?
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) made the scandalous proclamation that "God is dead" in one of his well-known works, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (1882).
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Illiterate Ethicist
My mother was illiterate and never had a chance to go to school. She fled Cuba for the United States during the political turbulence of 1958 with her infant son.
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God Loves Gays as People
To my gay bothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. I've received numerous communiques demanding an apology for a previous column I penned. And I agree. But if any apology is due, it should be to be made to the gay community.
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Quotations Track Church's Anti-Woman Legacy
"I am not giving permission for a woman to teach or to tell a man what to do. A woman ought not to speak, because Adam was formed first and Eve afterwards, and it was not Adam who was led astray but the woman who was led astray and fell into sin. Nevertheless, she will be saved by childbearing" (1 Ti 2:12-15).
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Wrestling With Controversy
Shortly before being murdered, Archbishop Romero said, "Those who have voice must speak for the voiceless." This is what it means to raise consciousness, raise awareness.
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When the Bible Is Used For Hate
Are you ready, kids? Whoooo lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. SpongeBob SquarePants!
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'Uncircumcised' Hispanics Problem for Dominant Church Culture
When the pope made a papal visit to Miami in 1987, delighting Miami's large Hispanic community, a local enterprising Euro-American shirt-maker decided to capitalize on the event. He made thousands of shirts which in Spanish were suppose to read "I saw the Pope."
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Debate Over Creationism a Luxury for the Powerful
Euro-American evangelicals, supposedly empowered by the recent election, are demanding that public schools teach the religious concept of creationism (a literal reading of Genesis 1-2).
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Advent and War
This past Sunday at church we sang the familiar hymn, "Angels, from the Realms of Glory" by Henry Thomas Smart (1867). The words of Verse 3 led me to write this article.
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Moral Values and Torture
We, as a country, are attempting to make history without God. And although we've been flaunting the previous election as the triumph of "moral values," in reality we have exchanged the biblical mandate for justice for a human mandate determined to secure the power and privilege of the world's few at the expense of the world's many.
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Working Together on Abortion
Considering the depths of rancor existing between those advocating pro-life and those advocating pro-choice, we are left to wonder if common ground can ever be found.
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A Post-Election Prayer
Oh Lord, my Lord, how majestic is your name in all of the earth. For it is you and you alone, my God, to whom all power and honor and glory belongs. In obedience to your Holy Word, I lift up this prayer as a sweet offering for those who rule over us.
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It's Time to Choose
Late-night comedian Jay Leno described our present presidential election as extremely diverse--a contest between a rich privileged white man from Yale running against a rich privileged white man from Yale. During a recent conference I attended, Martin Luther King III, son of the slain civil rights leader, described the contest as a choice between Bush and Bush Lite.
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Something is Rotten in the State of Florida
When the ghost of Hamlet's father appears before his son, the faithful officer Marcellus sums up the reason for the apparition's appearance in his famous line, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
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Forgive and Forget
Many marriages run into trouble because of a lack of communication between the spouses.
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Chicken Hawk Affirmative Action
For the past two weeks, John Kerry has been hounded by an attack on his Vietnam record by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. And even though he still carries shrapnel in his body, he has been portrayed as a liar, a coward and an opportunist.
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Biblical Morality and Tax Cuts
Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama is a Bible-quoting, tee-totaling, Republican businessman who as a congressman represented a mostly rural district.
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Pop Quiz for Bible Believers
Here's a pop quiz for all who believe the Bible should be taken and followed literally:
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Trumping the Gospel
Every human--regardless of their race, gender, economic class, nationality, religious faith or sexual orientation--is created in the image of God, what theologians call the imago Dei. My Native American friends are teaching me to include the animal and plant nations among life that also contain the imago Dei, a lesson I am still trying to learn and incorporate.
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No Credible Evidence
PRESIDENT BUSH (2/8/03): "Saddam Hussein has longstanding, direct and continuing ties to terrorist networks. Senior members of Iraqi intelligence and Al Qaeda have met at least eight times since the early 1990s. Iraq has sent bomb-making and document-forgery experts to work with Al-Qaeda. Iraq has also provided Al Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training. And an Al-Qaeda operative was sent to Iraq several times in the 1990s for help in acquiring poisons and gases. We also know Iraq is harboring a terrorist network headed by a senior Al Qaeda terrorist planner. This network runs a poison and explosive training camp in northeast Iraq, and many of its leaders are known to be in Baghdad."
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The Reagan Legacy
When we speak of the Reagan Legacy, we must first describe the old system being overthrown.
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Generation Ñ
Generation Ñ among the Hispanic young serves as a counterpart to the Euro-American Generation X.
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Iraq By The Numbers
According to Gen. Tommy Franks of the U.S. Central Command in Iraq, "We don't do body counts." But because God cares when even a sparrow falls, God counts bodies.
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Is CEO Greed Fueling U.S. Industry?
Two weeks ago Johnson Controls, following a trend all too common throughout the United States, announced it was shutting down its operations in my small town of Holland, Mich., and moving to Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where they can employ workers for $80.77 a week.
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Teaching Outside the Ivory Tower
Teaching Christianity is useless if it is restricted solely to the classroom.
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Marginalized View the Cross Through Different Lens
I recently watched Mel Gibson's film "The Passion," a powerful interpretation of the last hours of Jesus' human life, which I'm sure will resonate with the dominant culture.
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Waiting for Castro to Die
A common joke among Cubans in Miami revolves around a pair of tortoises which were given to Fidel Castro for his 75th birthday. El jefe inquires as to the life expectancy of tortoises. An aid informs Castro that they have been known to live in excess of 150 years, to which Castro responds: "That's the trouble with pets. You become attached to them and then they die on you."
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Christians and the Creation
If the Creation story describes humanity's appointment as steward of the earth's resources, then as caretakers, humans are called to protect, preserve and safeguard those resources so that all can benefit and enjoy its fruits.
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President or Pitch Man?
Those of us old enough to remember the 1980s can never forget the television character Joe Isuzu, the slimy car salesman who would say anything, no matter how outrageous the lie, in order to sell a car. Fortunately, as Joe Isuzu spoke, a by-line appeared at the bottom of the screen providing the truth. I was reminded of Joe Isuzu while watching the State of the Union address, and kept waiting for that by-line to appear as Bush spoke. If it had, it might have looked something like this:
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Capital Punishment and Race
Are those with darker skin more likely to commit crimes than those with lighter skin? Is it because they are genetically prone to violence? Or is it because of how we have been taught to see them?
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'Merit' Scholarships Shifting Funds to the Wealthy
Kelly Ryan, a "B" average student at the University of Georgia, used her college trust fund to purchase a new Honda, trips to Italy, Switzerland and Argentina, and to invest (and lose) in the stock market. Enough was left over to possibly purchase her first piece of real estate upon graduation. Likewise, Kristin McKenna, whose parents' income is over $200,000 a year, used her college fund to purchase a Ford.
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Feliz Navidad
Under our Christmas trees, among the multitude of conspicuous gifts, we usually have a nativity scene. The baby Jesus rests comfortably in a crib, while angelic cows gaze upon the miracle. The proud parents (Mary and Joseph) survey the sanitary scene as kings and peasants come to worship.
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Feliz Navidad
Under our Christmas trees, among the multitude of conspicuous gifts, we usually have a nativity scene. The baby Jesus rests comfortably in a crib, while angelic cows gaze upon the miracle. The proud parents (Mary and Joseph) survey the sanitary scene as kings and peasants come to worship.
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Wal-Mart: Always Low Wages?
On Dec. 20, 2002, a federal jury in Portland, Ore., found Wal-Mart guilty of forcing its employees to work unpaid overtime. These employees were pressured to clock out after working 40 hours, but continued working in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Acts, which requires employees to receive time-and-a-half for all hours worked over 40. Employees in 27 other states have similar class-action suits pending.
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The Fox Is Regulating the Hen House
According to Republican Senator John McCain, who chairs the Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee: "The United States government is responsible for 25 percent of the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. It is time for the United States government to do its part to address this global problem, and a discussion of mandatory reductions is the form of leadership that is required."
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Race a Variable in Euthanasia Debate
Race and ethnicity play a significant role in determining who is, and who is not, insured. African Americans are twice as likely as whites--and Latina/os three times as likely--to lack health coverage.
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'Soft Money' Links Regulators' Interests to Companies
During the 2002 midterm elections, television icon Art Linkletter, of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" fame, informed the public, in 30 second-spots, that their congressperson "has been fighting for real prescription drug coverage."
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Christianity Demands Reflection on Hard, Lite Torture
Can Christians engage in committing acts of torture? And if so, how is the act reconciled with the basic message of the gospel?
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'Neoliberal' Economic Policies Widen Gap Between Rich, Poor
We recently observed Labor Day with news from the Department of Labor that our nation lost 700,000 manufacturing jobs since Labor Day 2002. In fact, since Bush II took office, 2.5 million jobs have been lost, about 80,000 a month.
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Is U.S. 'Purveyor of Violence'?
The United States has given the world the gift of noble concepts like democracy, and it has the potential to be a light to a hurting world. While appreciating what this country offers the rest of humanity, I refuse to worship this culture as though it were a god, incapable of doing any wrong.
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