Talk of the Nation with Scott Simon featured an interesting segment yesterday on the role that religion will play in the new Congress. The interviews cover a lot of ground, including Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), and William D’antonio, fellow at the Life Cycle Institute at Catholic University. Click on the icon at the right for the first twelve minutes of the show. For the complete show, click here and follow the link from NPR’s website.
Faith voices around the country have started a petition calling for Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) to apologize to Rep. Ralph Ellison (D-MN). If there is any doubt that Virgil Goode needs to hear the calm voice of American tolerance, watch the two videos below.
Compare Goode’s rant to Ellison’s gracious behavior on the floor of Congress yesterday. Watch below to see who goes over to introduce himself to Rep. Goode.
Happy 2007 and best wishes for the new year! Today marks a series of milestones in the American Congress. Among them is the swearing in of Rep. Keith Ellison as America’s first Muslim member of the U.S. House of Representatives. As you may know, Ellison’s fellow Congressman, Virgil Goode, has been less than hospitable in his welcome. See the note below from the petition organizers for a quick way you can take action and speak out as a person of faith on behalf of tolerance and religious freedom.
As religious people from diverse traditions, we call upon Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode to re-examine his opposition to newly-elected Representative Keith Ellison, a Muslim, taking his unofficial oath of office using the Qur’an, and to apologize for his statement that, without punitive immigration reform, “there will be many more Muslims elected to office demanding the use of the Quran.” Please read the statement and add your signature.
On Iraq and Bush, Jim Wallis writes: “I Read Your Comments Too, And Here’s What I Think.”
JSpot brings God’s Presence Back to Earth with D’var Torah for Chanukah.
Hot off her Washington Post conversation, Diana Butler Bass writes about CHURCH politics beyond the two party paradigm.
Brian McLaren asks everyone to help speak out against the murder of Association for a More Just Society lawyer Dionisio DÃaz GarcÃa.
“Dionisio DÃaz GarcÃa, known to many as the “lawyer of the poor” and known to all as one of the most decent, honest, friendly, dedicated human beings God has created was gunned down on the morning of Monday, December 4, for standing up for the rights of poor security guards in Honduras.”
The Rev. Church Currie posts about right wing questions about Obama’s loyalty.
Pastor Dan, over at Street Prophets alerts readers to the socially conservative slant coming this Sunday on Meet the Press‘s story about Faith in America. Note, FPL noted a similar problem with CNN’s recent special on American Christendom.
CrossLeft does a rapid alert to prepare for renewed mass protests calling for Congress to cut off war funding to bring the troops home.
Mainstream Baptist posts on an excellent Salon article about Bush and the War entitled No Way Forward.
Talk to Action says that the fight is on with theocons at the Pentagon.
Debra Haffner notes a new study that says that between 1953 and 2003, 95% of American had sex before marriage.
Provoke Radio has an excellent show about the anti-poverty program Heifer International. Listen here to “Simple Gifts.”
And finally, CrossWalk America leaders the Rev. Eric Elnes and Rebecca Glenn post a Christmas podcast.