Columns on Politics

Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture | Zach Dawes, Leadership, Torture
Why Americans are Wrong to Shrug Off Torture
By: Zach Dawes
Most Americans believe our use of torture is justified, a survey found. But torture is always immoral, and information obtained through torture, even if it does save the lives of many, does not make it a moral act. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces  | Brian Kaylor, Martin Luther King Jr., Social Justice, Worship
Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
By: Brian Kaylor
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. noted that churches with their fancy buildings had become a "social club" more concerned with their status than with standing up for moral truths. Read More ...
Brian Kaylor

U.S. Founding Fathers Set Aside Ideology for Common Good | Zach Dawes, Collaboration, Common Good
U.S. Founding Fathers Set Aside Ideology for Common Good
By: Zach Dawes
U.S. Founding Fathers had to navigate a polarized political climate that seemed to preclude cooperation. If they could set aside partisanship and rigid ideology to focus on the common good, so can we. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

5 Positive Steps during Liberia's Ebola Crisis | Fayiah Tamba, Liberia, Ebola
5 Positive Steps during Liberia's Ebola Crisis
By: Fayiah S. Tamba
Although the Ebola crisis has taken a heavy toll on Liberia's citizens, some positive issues have occurred because of the health threat. Here are five of them. Read More ...
Fayiah S. Tamba

How British Government Betrayed Hong Kong Protesters | Vinoth Ramachandra, Hong Kong, Democracy, China
How British Government Betrayed Hong Kong Protesters
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
The British government signed a treaty with China to ensure Hong Kong's core values, including freedom of speech and assembly, until 2047. But as recent Hong Kong protests were broken up, Britain was mum. Read More ...
Vinoth Ramachandra

A Political Nativity in the Nation's Capital | Brian Kaylor, Nativity, Christmas, Church and State
A Political Nativity in the Nation's Capital
By: Brian Kaylor
In early December, the streets of Capitol Hill are briefly transformed into a walking live nativity, enacting the original Christmas message in the heart of the nation's power structures. Read More ...
Brian Kaylor

What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches? | Martin Accad, ISIS, Middle East
What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
By: Martin Accad
Middle East churches can be part of the solution to ISIS. That solution will require working with many people of different faiths, who love God and value love and peace toward their neighbors. Read More ...
Martin Accad

Texas' Voter ID Law: A Hurdle to Keep the Poor from Voting | Terry Austin, Voter ID, Texas
Texas' Voter ID Law: A Hurdle to Keep the Poor from Voting
By: Terry Austin
The right to vote has been fought for since the inception of America. The Texas voter ID law discriminates against the poor by creating obstacles that make it harder for them to vote. Read More ...
Terry Austin

Rejecting Liberia's Status Quo to Build Better Future | Fayiah Tamba, Liberia
Rejecting Liberia's Status Quo to Build Better Future
By: Fayiah S. Tamba
Once thriving in the 1970s, Liberia is so overrun with problems, from inflation to Ebola, that many Liberians accept things the way they are. It's time to focus on how to create a better future. Read More ...
Fayiah S. Tamba

Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue | Zach Dawes, Prison Reform, Bipartisanship, Immigration
Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
By: Zach Dawes
After the midterms, the hope for bipartisanship in our nation's capital appears dim. Despite the continued dysfunction, one issue may spark bipartisan collaboration in 2015: prison reform. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now | Terrell Carter, Ferguson, Leadership
The Type of Leadership Ferguson Needs Now
By: Terrell Carter
In the aftermath of the decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson community will seek out leaders. Here is who they need and don't need. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel | Colin Harris, Fear, Politics
Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel
By: Colin Harris
Exploiting fears has been a successful tool to manipulate people in politics and religion. While the religious crowd has put conjured fears to good use, hope – not fear – is the basis of Jesus' message. Read More ...
Colin Harris

The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson | Terrell Carter, Ferguson, Reconciliation, Leadership
The Need for a Seat at the Table in Ferguson
By: Terrell Carter
To quell the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the perceived oppression must be acknowledged by all parties. Leaders must be transparent and offer a seat at the decision-making table to community members. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Ebola’s West African Survivors Face Discrimination | Fayiah Tamba, Ebola Virus, Discrimination, Liberia
Ebola’s West African Survivors Face Discrimination
By: Fayiah Tamba
As Liberia makes gradual progress toward the eradication of Ebola, there is another emerging challenge. Ebola discrimination is causing post-traumatic stress, division and animosity. Read More ...
Fayiah Tamba

More Than a Disease, Ebola is a Cry for Social Justice | Dawn Hood Patterson, Ebola Virus, Social Justice
More Than a Disease, Ebola is a Cry for Social Justice
By: Dawn Hood-Patterson
Ebola is more than a health crisis. As the rich and privileged get the best care and the poor are left to die, Ebola illustrates social oppressions and issues a call for social justice. Read More ...
Dawn Hood-Patterson

Gun Violence's Death Toll Eclipses Ebola's in U.S. | Leroy Seat, Ebola Virus, Gun Control, NRA
Gun Violence's Death Toll Eclipses Ebola's in U.S.
By: Leroy Seat
Although not one U.S. citizen has died from Ebola, widespread panic grips our nation about the virus. Yet few of us are fazed when gun shootings kill nearly 12,000 Americans each year. Where is our wisdom? Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Wars Leave Devastating Impact on Environment | Grace Ji Sun Kim, Mark Koenig, Creation Care, Environment, Peacemaking
Wars Leave Devastating Impact on Environment
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Mark Koenig
Armed conflict and war claim human lives, but they also exact a cost on God's creation. The environmental damage lingers long after those conflicts end. Will Christians be environmental peacemakers? Read More ...
Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Mark Koenig

Getting Your Planetary House in Order | Chuck Summers, Creation Care, Environment
Getting Your Planetary House in Order
By: Chuck Summers
When you move into your new home, you have a lot of home-improvement projects to get everything in order. How much more does this apply to the planet we call home? Read More ...
Chuck Summers