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by Ed Knudson

1) Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy
    10/10/2014
2) Stop the Oil Train Bombs
    10/2/2014
3) The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things
    9/19/2014
4) Violence All Across the World, including Ferguson, Missouri
    8/15/2014
5) Reagan's View of History Still Prevails
    8/15/2014
6) Nick Hanauer: Beware, Fellow Plutocrats, the Pitchforks are Coming
    8/13/2014
7) Blowing Up Jonah: The Political Use of Religious Symbols
    8/12/2014
8) Listen to Rabbi Henry Siegman on Gaza: Killing Innocents
    8/1/2014
9) The Lost Iraq War
    7/30/2014
10) It is Not Anti-Semitic to Question Israel's Right to Exist as an Ethnic State
    7/24/2014
11) Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor
    7/23/2014

Article  by Paul Farmer:  It takes good health systems to deal with Ebola. Spreading fear doesn't help. It takes staff, supplies, space, and training. Read this to understand what's needed.  10/17/2014

Article  by Brendan Fischer:  True the Vote, a Texas-based group that supports voter ID laws and hypes the voter fraud myth, worked with Wisconsin Tea Party groups to pass laws now overturned.  10/17/2014

Article  by Roland Boer:  As we approach the 500 anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation it is good to remember Muntzer, a key leader in the peasant wars for economic justice.  10/16/2014

Article  by Richard Rothstein:  Long before the shooting of Michael Brown, official racial-isolation policies primed Ferguson for this summerís events. Racist housing settlement patterns reveal much and explain vast inequality.  10/16/2014

Article  by William J. Astore:  A new Iraqi army, much-touted and funded to the tune of $25 billion over the 10 years of the American occupation has failed miserably to confront ISIS. Here is the sad story of policy failure.  10/16/2014

Article  by Conn M. Hallinan:  To understand economics you have to look at actual institutional structures, not just 'markets'. The BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are important new structures on the world stage.  10/10/2014

Article  by Lawrence Otis Graham:  Racial hatred is a dark force in American history and explains much about current political and religious conflicts. Here is a story of a father and son coming to terms with white racism.  10/10/2014

Article  by Denise Oliver Velez:  Real Republicans should be outraged that Southern extremists have taken over their party who are anti-equality, anti-public school, anti-governement, and against human rights for all people.  10/2/2014

Article  by Jeff Bryant:  Voters, even regular Republicans, are figuring out what's been true for some years now. Republican candidates want to gut public education even if they won't say so directly.  9/25/2014

Article  by Zuri Linetsky:  It is crucial right now for pastors and laypersons to know Middle East history, Institutional design and maintenance is the key to preventing the resurgence of quasi-states, not military action.  9/24/2014

Article  by William I. Robinson:  Read this outstanding historical interpretation and analysis of what is happening in Israel and Gaza. It is particularly important to take into account these basic facts at this time.  9/23/2014

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Chris Hedges along with Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders made remarks at an event before the People's Climate March in NYC.  9/23/2014

Article  by Janet Allon:  Saving the planet from climate change may be cheap, maybe even free, says economist Paul Krugman. Everyone should be marching this Sunday afternoon.  9/19/2014

Article  by Brentin Mock:  Here are practical means to organize local communities taking race and civil rights into account in policy planning for environmental justice and climate change, like a project in Spartanburg, S.C.  9/18/2014

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Israel has made Gaza into an Arab death camp. American political support for Israel is a sign of complete corruption of the political class. Hope is possible in people who decide to revolt.  9/17/2014

Article  by Richard D. Wolff:  Socialists still have the accumulated history, experience, and theoretical means to define a socialism for the 21st century that can rally, mobilize, and unify capitalismís diverse victims and critics  9/17/2014

Article  by Philip Clayton:  Along with Karl Barth and Jurgen Moltmann, Pannenberg was a major figure in contemporary theology, influencing Robert Jenson, John Cobb, Carl Braaten, Stan Grenz, and Ted Peters.  9/16/2014

Article  by Noam Chomsky:  This article could be rewritten from a faith perspective as a theology of current history. That is what the bible is, larger, over-arching historical interpretation.  9/5/2014

Article  by Tom Engelhardt:  Looking back over a couple decades in the Middle East, it appears that the more the U.S. fights terrorists, the more terrorists are created. We do just what terrorists want, using violence  9/2/2014

Article  by Rocky Barker:  Defining just what is meant by the 'wild' has never been easy. Is it what never changes? Does nature have to be managed to stay the same? Climate change is changing wilderness in Idaho.  9/2/2014

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Thirty years ago, the average gap on SAT-type tests between children of families in the richest 10 percent and bottom 10 percent was about 90 points on an 800-point scale. Today itís 125 points.  9/1/2014

Article  by Rachel M. Cohen:  It could be more cost-effective to just appropriate enough direct funds to public housing and keep it in the public sector, but Congress is not about to do so. Now Obama is willing to privatize it.  9/1/2014

Article  by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite:  What is happening in Ferguson is the logical outcome of a renewed and very shrill racism alive today in communities and media across the nation. We need to call it what it is, an evil.  8/21/2014

Article  by William OíConnor:  A new book by Robert Wuthnow about Texas raises serious questions of how religion and race influence the process of history and politics. Southern Baptist religion is neither Protestant nor Christian.  8/21/2014

Article  by Amy Goodman:  White men who have irrational fear of black men should not be policing in black communities. Black people should control black communities. We just need basic democracy! Finally!  8/21/2014

Article  by Thomas Adams:  Politics is supposed to be the way people govern themselves. But poor and black people are not allowed access to politics. They are controlled by others who make money off of them.  8/21/2014

Article  by Joe Conason:  Communities like Ferguson don't erupt over nothing. Systematic racism has been encouraged by a number of groups, including right wing talk show hosts.  8/20/2014

Article  by Giorgio Agamben:  Here is an interview with a major thinker of our time, one discussing political theory with the help of theological background. Thought is the courage of hopelessness and exposes death camp thinking.  8/19/2014

Article  by Carl Raschke:  The group called ISIS aims to form an Islamist state in Syria and Iraq and is very quickly capturing global attention and drawing willing fighters for the faith. Apocalyptic, Revivalist religion.  8/14/2014

Article  by Ed Knudson:  There is much political content in the life and work of Robin Williams who took his own life yesterday. He poured out his life for others in a way that reminds us of Christian faith.  8/12/2014

Article  by Jason Zengerle:  White Republicans have taken over southern legislatures and now don't even have to talk to black politicians there. Voting rights now mean nothing. Tax money now funds racist private schools.  8/12/2014

Article  by Shamako Noble:  To form a new Peopleís Movement for justice, equality, human rights and democracy forums will be held in Philadelphia, Pa., Jackson, Ms., and San Jose, Ca.  8/11/2014

Article  by Gabor Steingart:  Willy Brandt and the Berlin Wall are recalled to refute the growing war fever against Putin and the Russians threatening the peace of Europe. This must stop now!.  8/10/2014

Article  by Bob Fitrakis:  The party that claims to stand for ethics and values has a terrible record on telling the truth, and even treason. Nixon, remember, was a Republican.  8/9/2014

Article  350.org is just one of the organizations sponsoring what will be the largest demonstration concerning climate change so far. Try to get to NYC if you can. It's really important.  7/31/2014

Article  It is time for the U.S. to condemn Israeli bombardment of civilian centers and the blockade just as strongly as it has condemned indiscriminate rockets from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups  7/24/2014

Article  by Richard Horsley:  Resa Aslan's book claiming Jesus as a 'Zealot' confuses outdated scholarly categories and seems to write Jesus off as just another 'false' messiah. Is there an unwritten subtext in Aslan's writing?  7/23/2014

Article  by Donna Nevel:  The current Israeli government is based on the idea that Jewish life is more precious than Palestinian life, which makes Israel a 'racist state'. That idea is behind the current conflict.  7/23/2014

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