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Black and White and Red All Over: Why Racial Justice Is a Gospel Issue
How civil rights pioneers convinced conservative Christians, and why civil rights is no longer a "culture war" issue (Russell Moore, Moore to the Point)
Rev. Franklin Graham gets involved in "Justice for Trayvon"
During a meeting Tuesday at the Billy Graham Library, evangelist Franklin Graham agreed to partner with the national NAACP in its efforts to fight for justice for slain Orlando teen Trayvon Martin. (WSOC-TV)
Are We Born With Some Notion of an Eye for an Eye?
Our research shows that by 8 months of age, infants prefer to play with puppets who treat bad individuals badly, even over those who treat bad individuals well. (J. Kiley Hamlin, Science and Religion Today)
Bishops Criticize Tough Alabama Immigration Law
A group of church leaders has formally denounced Alabama's new immigration law, calling it mean-spirited and un-Christian, and has vowed not to obey it. (The New York Times)
Opinion: Hiroshima’s lessons
What the Air Force should remember about Just War and nuclear weapons. -(Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, The Washington Post)
Give us our daily passage: Reading Bible tied to social justice issues
a new study by Baylor University researcher Aaron Franzen found frequent Bible reading predicted greater support for issues ranging from the compatibility of science and religion to more humane treatment of criminals (Ahead of the Trend, ARDA)
A Christian Group Seeks to End Extreme Poverty
Some 138 million Christians live in the United States—and they collectively earn $2.4-trillion per year. If each one of those people just slightly increased the amount he or she gives each year, they could eradicate extreme poverty by 2035 (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Brazil convict remains jailed in nun's murder
A rancher convicted of masterminding the murder of a U.S. nun who was also an environmental activist will have to stay in jail while his case is appealed, Brazil's top court ruled (Associated Press)
Wife of murdered German missionary hopeful about case in Turkey
The arrests of more people in connection with the murder of three missionaries in central Turkey in 2007 has created hope for the widow of one of the victims. (Hurriyet Daily News)
Opinion: A Case for Hell
While large majorities of Americans believe in God and heaven, belief in hell lags. How did they lose the fear of damnation? (Ross Douthat, The New York Times)
  • Women Against Abortion: The Intensity Gap
    Can a pro-life platform win elections? (Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker)
    Pro-Life Sentiment Hits an All-Time High, According to Rasmussen
    Also: Among respondents who said that the issue of abortion was “very important” in terms of how they would vote in the next congressional election, 58 percent said that they were pro-life, while only 39 percent identified as “pro-choice.” (Michael New, National Review Online)
    Abortion battle over Amendment 1 draws big money
    Ballot measure would remove abortion protections from the state’s constitution (The Tennessean)
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  • Torture Is Who We Are - The Atlantic
    The wisest American thinkers have found a way to reconcile this need to feel special with the recognition that, as human beings, Americans are just as fallen as everyone else. In the mid-20th century, men like Schlesinger and Reinhold Niebuhr argued that, paradoxically, the more Americans recognized their sinfulness, and restrained it within systems of law, the more America would prove its superiority over those totalitarian systems that refused such restraints.
    Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood: Is Religion Inherently Violent? - The Atlantic
    Although "religious" violence has always had a political element, she argues, the political nature of warfare—even in wars with putatively religious justifications—has become even more pronounced in contemporary history.
    Syrian forces take three villages near Lebanon border
    "Syrian government troops seized at least three communities along the border with Lebanon, including an ancient Christian hamlet, north of Damascus on Monday." (Al Aryabia News)
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  • Vandals spray 'KKK' tag on third black church in Fla.
    It is the third predominantly black church in the rural county this week that has been vandalized with racial remarks, sparking an FBI investigation into what appear to be hate crimes. Along with two churches on Sunday, a truck at Wildwood Golf Course was also painted with "KKK."
    Couple detained in Qatar welcomed home at Pasadena church service - LA Times
    A standing ovation erupted inside the Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena during Sunday morning service as Matt and Grace Huang were called before the congregation.
    Three Del. churches hit by arsons in one day
    Moorer – who said he started Healing Hands after God came to him in a dream 12 years ago – believes his church was targeted. There have been multiple problems since it was established, he said. The church, which has a diverse congregation, has been subject to racially tinged vandalism in the past. Two juveniles were arrested in March 2004 for spray-painting slurs on the church. In a separate incident in 2006, vandals spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs in the church.
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  • Religion and human rights: Awkward, but necessary, bedfellows | The Economist
    Jack Snyder, a Columbia University professor, puts it in a nutshell: "The international human rights movement has for the most part failed to penetrate the consciousness of societies where the worst abuses occur. It remains a largely elite project of activists and lawyers using global rather than vernacular language." Secular human-rights advocates cannot easily speak to or on behalf people in traditional societies; religious leaders find it much easier.
    American Is Moved to North Korea Hospital
    Kenneth Bae, 45, a tour operator who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, has left the camp where he was being held. His health has declined, his sister said.
    Muslim Brotherhood’s Words on Women Stir Liberal Fears
    In a statement Wednesday on a proposed United Nations declaration to condemn violence against women, the Brotherhood issued a list of objections, which formally laid out its views on women for the first time since it came to power. (The New York Times)
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  • Pilgrims: Immigrant religion in Pittsburgh
    Some American churches are actively evangelizing among the newcomers — seeing a historic moment in which the populations of the once-distant mission fields are now in their own backyards. Some immigrants themselves are proselytizing among their own ethnic and language groups and their U.S.-born neighbors. Many faith-based social-service organizations forbid proselytizing in their work with immigrants and refugees, but some congregations do evangelize while also offering practical aid such as food, clothing and English lessons.
    Some Evangelical Churches Are Now Accredited To Provide Legal Services To Immigrants | ThinkProgress
    A coalition of 15 evangelical church-based denominations that represent more than 28,500 churches launched national efforts Tuesday to provide free to low-cost legal services to immigrants who are unable to find or pay for attorneys to handle immigration paperwork on their own.
    Child witchcraft claims increasing as ‘hidden crime’ is investigated | UK news | The Guardian
    Kanda believes that much of this kind of abuse stems from “rogue pastors preaching nonsense”. She said: “It is under-reported because no victim is going to say it’s abuse; they think its normal. No one is going to come forward from the community, people don’t want to speak out and pastors are very powerful. “
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  • Christians in the Levant grow fearful over US Syria strike
    Lebanese Christians and others express concern over the crisis faced by Christians in Syria.
    Syrian Christians pack passports fearing Islamist onslaught
    Syrian Christians are prepared to leave Syria in a heartbeat and join the other two million Syrian Christians who have fled the Islamist attacks.
    A Theological View of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
    Aside from disputes about whether torture succeeds, theologians wonder if it should be accepted by society if it does succeed (Samuel Freedman, The New York Times)
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What Forgotten Christmas Tradition Should Churches Revive?
What Forgotten Christmas Tradition Should Churches Revive?
Rooting our celebration of Christ’s birth more deeply in our lives.
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