ACTION ITEM: Oppose Discrimination in the House

January 4, 2007, 3:52 pm | Posted by

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.

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Religious Groups Run Roll Call Ad Urging Real Reform in the Farm Bill

January 1, 2007, 5:17 pm | Posted by

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Emerging Issues issue: What’s new in the neighborhood?

December 22, 2006, 6:20 pm | Posted by

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 Díaz García.

“Dionisio Díaz García, 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.

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On NPR, Richard Cizik discusses emerging evangelical issues

December 21, 2006, 2:17 pm | Posted by

Hosted by Terry Gross on her NRP show Fresh Air, Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, discusses creation care from a pro-life perspective.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

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New Case Studies Highlight Movement Success!

December 21, 2006, 11:18 am | Posted by

If you haven’t ventured off the blog to check out the “Case Studies” page on our website yet, give it a look today! This page highlights some of the great accomplishments of faith groups in the last few years including two brand-new features: one highlighting the important role of faith communities in the summer’s renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the other discussing the ELCA’s efforts over the past five years to unite congregation based community organizing with the work of its synods and bishops. From these stories and others you can keep up with the exciting work that faith communities are engaged in across the country–plus pick up some pointers from the experts on how to really get things done.

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