VIDEO: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

April 18, 2007, 11:42 am | Posted by

Pub Def interviews the former Maryland Lt. Governor and eldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy about her new book, “Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend says: “We should focus on stopping the torture, we now have the greatest number in poverty, health care, immigration. . .”

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Get to know: Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice

April 17, 2007, 2:21 am | Posted by

According to the Hartford, CT, Courant newspaper, Sen. Lieberman “is not particularly popular with the clergy crowd these days.” The clergy crowd in question was an inspiring local interfaith voice for justice: Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice.

Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice is a Connecticut-wide interfaith “gathering of religious leaders and people of faith, joined by our belief in the God of justice and love, who calls us “to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God.” In this time of crisis and war, we believe that walking humbly with God requires us to advocate and practice nonviolent love, in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Active supporters of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, they have also been busy holding events to increase Connecticut pressure for Senate Bill S 576 and House Bill HR 1415.

During Holy Week and Passover, Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice faith leaders from Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions held a press conference to rally support for the “Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007″, legislation Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced in February which would restore Habeas Corpus rights, bar evidence gained through torture or coercion and reinstate U.S. adherence to the Geneva Conventions.” Catch news footage from that very successful event here.

In the past they have sponsored a very provocative billboard calling attention to American leaders who have supported torture, including President Bush. They have also circulated a petition against the Iraq war, called attention to the silencing of Iraqi women’s voices, and during the 2006 campaign they spoke out strongly again Sen. Lieberman, a man of faith, for being weak on torture. During that campaign Rev. McTigue appeared on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor.

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VIDEO: Day of Silence (4/18) vs. Day of Truth

April 16, 2007, 1:45 am | Posted by

The Day of Silence is an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Students and teachers nationwide will observe the day in silence to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. In it’s 11th year, the Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country.

Interestingly, a conservative group has proclaimed a “Day of Truth” on April 19 in which students are encouraged to respond to the homosexual agenda “boldly, but with love.” According to Pat Robertson’s CBN, “The Day of Truth, sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund, gives students a platform on which to stand against the promotion of homosexuality.”

Blogger, I am a Christian Too writes:

“Heaven help us. The Day of Silence is a protest against harassment and bias against gays. Regardless of the stated intent, the effect of the Day of Truth will be to justify and excuse continued harassment and bias against gays in our schools.”

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What’s new in the neighborhood?

April 12, 2007, 1:10 pm | Posted by

Apparently Catholic Defense League head Bill Donohue has a double standard, notes Catholics United for the Common Good. Tomorrow is the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and several blogs note that Donohue prefers attacking “liberal” sweet Jesus instead of actual anti-Catholic GOP-friendly pastors.

Let’s be honest, this event would be more accurately labeled the ‘Republican Catholic Strategy Breakfast’. Its organizers have a clear track-record of putting partisanship above Church teaching,” said Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United for the Common Good. “We hope that Archbishop Wuerl will take this opportunity to distance the Church from partisan politics, decry the moral shortcomings of both parties, and remind Prayer Breakfast organizers that by calling themselves ‘Catholic’ they are bound to avoid partisanship and to represent the fullness of Church teaching.”

Over at Talk2Action, Bruce Wilson optimistically writes:

Now, one might think that William Donohue would have warned Americans Catholic leaders away from participation in the National Prayer Breakfast ; not just because of the alleged politically partisan nature of the institution but also because the organization known as “The Fellowship“,

Speaking of abortion (oh, wait maybe Christians have a range of issues of interest), here’s the Rev. Chuck Currie speech delivered yesterday in support of Planned Parenthood.

Bring it on! Rabbi Jill Jacobs of JSpot takes umbrage at Newsweek‘s list of the 50 most powerful rabbi’s in America. In fact, pointing out the biases of Newsweek, Rabbi Jacobs solicited widely around American and compiles a rectifying list.

God’s Politics interviews South African economist Francis Ng’ambi on how the IMF is reversing the gains of jubilee.

Mainstream Baptist notes the New Baptist Covenant with a video link to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton helping kick it off. Also, both Bruce and Jesus Liberal note the Christianity Today article on the Bush administration and freedom fighting.

Philocrites has a helpful roundup of UU blogs entitled, Personal Jesus.

Johnny’s Cache notes that that Global Days for Darfur is coming up April 28.

Even the Devils Believe shares some thoughts on preventive vs. preemptive war.

The Rev Deb Haffner finally breaks down and takes on Don Imus, saying NO to all hate speech.

Chaplain Danny Fisher just watched PBS’ Frontline documentary, Faith and Doubt at Groundzero and offers some commentary.

And City of Brash posts on “‘kosher’ Islamic banking.”

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VIDEO: CNN Easter Special ‘What Would Jesus Really Do’

April 11, 2007, 1:01 pm | Posted by

Last week, CNN contributor Ronald Martin caught our eye with a provocative web-piece entitled, ‘What Would Jesus REALLY Do.’ Martin started by asking, “When did it come to the point that being a Christian meant only caring about two issues,­ abortion and homosexuality,” and took it away from there.

Last Friday evening, while Christians observed Good Friday and waited for Easter, Martin hosted an hour-long CNN special of the same name. His interviews included T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, Jerry Falwell, Paula White of Without Walls International Church, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Shalom in the Home, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and Freddie Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church.

Each of the clips is worth a look, but be sure not to miss Martin’s commentary that opens and closes the show.

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