Columns on Politics

How Some Microfinance Firms Bilk Poor Clients | Hugh Sinclair, Microfinance, Payday Lending
How Some Microfinance Firms Bilk Poor Clients
By: Hugh Sinclair
While we crack down on predatory payday lenders for giving risky loans with high interest rates to folks who can't afford them, the same practice occurs in some quarters of the microfinance industry. Read More ...
Hugh Sinclair

Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2 | Martin Accad, Middle East, Religious Freedom, Religious Persecution
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
By: Martin Accad
Conferences focusing on the plight of Christians in the Middle East are helpful, but what's needed is a summit that would provoke a paradigm shift. Here are three elements for that summit's success. Read More ...
Martin Accad

Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1 | Martin Accad, Middle East, Religious Freedom, Religious Persecution
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
By: Martin Accad
While U.S. conferences aimed at protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East, like the recent "In Defense of Christians" conference, can be helpful, they also pose problems. Here are four. Read More ...
Martin Accad

Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today | Leroy Seat, Jimmy Carter, Human Rights
Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today
By: Leroy Seat
In spite of many difficulties during his presidency, Jimmy Carter is our best ex-president in terms of public service and contributions to world peace and justice. He celebrates his 90th birthday today. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Why Climate Change Requires an Ethics of Urgency | Colin Harris, Ebola Virus, ISIS, Domestic Violence, Climate Change, Creation Care, Environment
Why Climate Change Requires an Ethics of Urgency
By: Colin Harris
Some issues and images, such as domestic abuse and disease, so blatantly violate our collective moral consciousness that they unite us to urgent action. Shouldn't climate change be the same? Read More ...
Colin Harris

The First Amendment's Magic: Protecting the Unpopular | Phillip Larsen, Black Mass, First Amendment, Religious Liberty, Freedom of Speech
The First Amendment's Magic: Protecting the Unpopular
By: Phillip Larsen
People say things that drive us crazy. Some are silly, others inflammatory. But the First Amendment wasn't designed to protect popular speech; it protects what's unpopular. Read More ...
Phillip Larsen

How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine | Leroy Seat, Peacemaking, World Council of Churches, World Week for Peace, Israel, Palestine, Gaza
How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine
By: Leroy Seat
As part of the International Day of Prayer and Peace on Sept. 21, churches and people of faith are being encouraged to support a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Will your church join? Read More ...
Leroy Seat

4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil | Taylor Sandlin, Civility, Civil Discourse
4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil
By: Taylor Sandlin
The problems our country and this world face are multifaceted. We need healthy discussion about solutions. For this to happen, the focus of our conversations must be on policies and not people. Read More ...
Taylor Sandlin

Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward? | William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj, Joshua Ralston, ISIS, Middle East
Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
By: William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston
The new divide between moderates and extremists raises familiar and nagging questions: What can the moderate majority in every religion do to combat extremism? When and how will moderates stand up? Read More ...
William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston

As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics | Colin Harris, Dog Whistle, Political Advertising
As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics
By: Colin Harris
Politicians who want to avoid sounding extreme often use coded messages to appeal to prejudice and fear. In recent years, people of faith have been the target of these dog-whistle appeals. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence | Vinoth Ramachandra, Gaza, Israel, Palestine
Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine. Read More ...
Vinoth Ramachandra

The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches | Leroy Seat, World War I
The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches
By: Leroy Seat
Many Christians supported World War I, which began 100 years ago today, finding it easy to use "fundamental tenets of the faith as warrants to justify war and mass destruction," a new book says. Read More ...
Leroy Seat