The words of Joshua Casteel, an Iraq War veteran and conscientious objector, who served as an interrogator at Abu Ghraib. Footage from the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq service at the National Cathedral.
When I traveled outside the prison walls on convoys, terror surged through
my heart. I was not afraid of being killed. If you live by the sword, by the sword
shall you die. If I died with a loaded rifle, I could not be angry with God. The
terror that filled me … was the possibility of becoming one who kills. Once while
driving outside, I pointed my rifle as I always did, out the window of our armored
humvee. Through the sites of my rifle I saw the faces of three young shepherd
boys — probably eight years old, each. I realized in that moment that I had just
pointed a loaded weapon at three eight year old boys.
How was I, an ambassador of the love of Jesus Christ, supposed to recall that
How can I talk of the freedom of Christ, while playing the role of captor?
How can I talk of faith when I only move from place to place by means of guns
pointed in all directions – even at eight year old shepherd boys?
(source: Joshua Casteel, Catholic Peace Fellowship, West Coast Tour, 2005)
At the Shalom Center, Rabbi Waskow and his posse are putting full-page adds in The Forward & The Nation. Why? Because though 77% of American Jews oppose the Iraq war, ‘”official Jewish organizations are silent.”
Who would Jesus deport? Faith leaders from CLUE, Sojourners, and the National Hispanic Leadership Conference held a panel discussion on immigration reform at the Center for American Progress.
“We in the religious community have a tradition of being the voice for people who have no voice,â€ said Rev. Alexis Salvatierra, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. “There are congregations across the country that see this as a moral issue.â€
Johnny’s Cache introduces 15-year-old abolitionist Zach Hunter, he’s “freeing slaves and changing the world.”
“Two-term Maryland lieutenant governor Townsend makes a valid point: in America, faith is no longer about community. She longs for the Catholic Church of her youth, that ‘dealt with issues at the core of the Gospel–suffering, injustice, sickness, and poverty’ rather than a Christianity influenced by a crop of preachers who seem to believe that ‘Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry and cared for the poor just so we don’t have to.’ Addressing a broad range of issues including women, the religious right (and left), the GOP and her own political party, the Democrats, Townsend hopes to appeal to a wide audience, not just a Christian one.”
Who represents Islam in the United States, a country with 6 million Muslims? Is it the radical imam, the webmaster, the mystic, the feminist? Barrett traveled the country to discover what life is like for American Muslims in different regions of the nation. He finds that Muslims, like the rest of the population, are varied and diverse in look, thought, belief and behavior.
Paul Barrett is the Director of the Investigative Reporting Team for BusinessWeek and the author of American Islam.
I found this to be very provocative and worth my time. If you want to skip around, click on the FORA Tools icon and click through the channels. Update: I read this article, “The The Halal Melting Pot: Why Dearborn isn’t Paris” in the current issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and it also adds to the mosaic picture of American Islam.
On Jspot, Aaron Hahn Tapper writes, “The Golden Calf of the Biblical Hebrews continues to plague the Jewish community, my community. Everytime I see my community place ourselves up on a pedestal, privileging our tragedies or successes above others, I am reminded of the ancient golden heifer. For me, idolatry is not only about raising something above others. It also manifests in the lowering of an ‘other’ beneath oneself.”
CrossLeft posts about Bill Moyers receiving the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s first Frank E. Taplin, Jr. Public Intellectual Award. Here’s his speech “Discovering What Democracy Means.”
At God’s Politics, Lyndsay Moseley, Associate Representative for Faith Partnerships for the Sierra Club notes hope, along with Brian McLaren, in the recent letter to the NAE regarding the Rev. Cizik.
City of Brass posts on the St. Petersburg declaration from the Secular Islam Summit.
“‘Bush Doctrine’ of pre-emptive war will be George W. Bush’s most enduring legacy.” What? Mainstream Baptist draws attention to this terrifying but ironically true analysis by Karl Rove.
Talk to Action covers the new book about James Dobson’s faith-based political machine.