Posts tagged "social justice"

The Very Thing That Made It Catholic

From Occupy Catholic, a new "testimony" by Steve Saporito:
I have been separated from the church for a long time, and the fulcrum of that split has always been my understanding of the sermon on the mount as the nexus of Catholic theology.  I saw, from the vantage point of growing up in the church, a...

Boehner’s Progressive Catholic Problem

E.J. Dionne, Jr. on the non-scandal that was John Boehner's address to Catholic University:
And the story broke from the stereotypical narrative the media like to impose on Christians in general, and Catholics in particular. If the headline is “Conservative Catholics Denounce Liberal Politician on Abortion,” all the boilerplate is at the ready. But when...

Tough on Terrorism

Howard Fineman gets off on the new military brute, brain and brawn of Democrats: "By calmly and meticulously overseeing the successful targeting of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama just proved himself -- vividly, in almost Biblical terms -- to be an effective commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States."

Small-r Rebellion

Gary Younge, a feature writer for the Guardian, has written that the Tea Party is "not a new phenomenon. It's simply a new name for an old phenomenon – the American hard right."  A disparate, loose group of previously unnamed ideas and motivations, with a boat load of money and its own TV channel.
The...

The Roots of Racism

Rachel Sladja at Talking Points Memo has a good piece up about the roots of all the recent Shar'iah-is-coming-for-your-freedom hysteria.  It's worth a read for the research TPM did to trace the anti-Muslim commentary in the media over the past decade.  But I can't help but wonder if Islam (and Shari'ah) doesn't just conveniently...

What Beck’s Marching For:
Making Social Justice Unjust

by Becky Garrison Look for the words social justice or economic justice on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. --Glenn Beck, March 2, 2010 Since Beck uttered this and related comments on his radio show, much ink has been spilled decrying his analysis of one of the basic tenets of...

Have Missions Forgotten their Purpose?

From Brent McCracken's recent post at Relevant magazine about what he sees as a renewed need for old-school evangelism in mission work:
I’m all for social justice. I’m passionate about it. Christians have to be serving people and loving them not just in word but in deed. But man, if I hear another well-fed, Toms-wearing...

Equivocating Poverty

From Peter Laarman's post at Religion Dispatches, "Taking Back 'Big Government Liberalism'":
So here is my question for religious liberals and moderates [who] really do know what the Bible says: Do you care enough about the poor and vulnerable to declare yourself an unabashed Big Government supporter? Because equivocation on this one equals suffering and...

Jim Wallis, Between a Wall and Glenn Beck

Despite calls from sponsors to disinvite Jim Wallis as keynote speaker at next week's Lifest, an Evangelical music event in Wisconsin that attracts tens of thousands of young attendees, the organizers of the event have decided to keep him on.  One sponsor, radio station Q90 FM, chose to end their support of the...

Common Good Death Camps

Yesterday Glenn Beck struck out at Simon Greer, President and CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice for his recent statement of support for government as a tool for protecting and facilitating the common good in society. Beck quoted a statement by Greer then added: "This leads to death camps. A Jew,...