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Author Robert Parham

Robert M. Parham (1953 - 2017) was the founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics from 1991 to 2017. He served as executive editor of, BCE's website, from its launch in 2002 until 2017.

British protesters targeted Barclays bank on Feb. 19, occupying some 50 branches and bringing international attention to a social justice campaign aimed at corporations that avoid paying taxes.   Never heard of UK Uncut? What about US Uncut? Ever think about the moral failure of corporate leaders who hide their profits in tax havens? Should […] Read More

Are conservative Christian politicians a driving force behind the so-called “birther” movement, those who think President Obama is not a natural-born American citizen and therefore an illegitimate president?   According to Politico, bills have been introduced in at least 10 states that would require presidential candidates to supply proof that they are natural-born Americans.   […] Read More

House Republicans want to cut federal spending by $100 billion during the next seven months at the expense of programs protecting the poor. At the same time, Republicans want to boost security for themselves with a $12.5 million increase for Capitol Hill police.   On Friday night, Feb. 11, House Republican leaders released their proposal […] Read More

A Mexican Madonna with child sits at the entrance to the sanctuary of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Ariz. By her left side is a machete and straw hat. By her right side is a water jug. Around her is a doorframe with a lizard.   Yes, a lizard.   The lizard represents U.S. government […] Read More

January was a record-setting month for readership with 841,516 pages read.   Three months ago, we reported that October was “a record-smashing month … outstripping anything we could have projected.”   Then, we had 729,925 pages read.   While a 111,591 increase in pages requested was surprising, it did validate what we thought we […] Read More

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that food prices reached a record high in December 2010.   FAO reported that the price for wheat, rice, sugar and other commodities will remain high or increase in price.   So far, increased food prices have:   ·    contributed to such turmoil in Tunisia that […] Read More

He asked us to call the border patrol. After three days in the harsh Sonoran Desert, having been left behind by five other undocumented migrants when he injured his leg, the teenage boy had had enough. He wanted to go home – back to Mexico.   We arrived Saturday morning at the camp of No […] Read More

Goodwill faith leaders must put taxation on the moral agenda of houses of faith. To continue avoiding the topic and denying the good that derives from a just tax system is morally irresponsible. Lord knows we’ve avoided the topic and denied the need for tax justice.   And yes, has a new documentary that […] Read More

America’s moral discernment is as scrambled as the brain of the alleged Tucson shooter.   After Jared Lee Loughner allegedly killed six people and wounded 14 others in a shooting spree in Arizona, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik addressed the national ethos surrounding the violence. He spoke about the “vitriolic rhetoric” against the government heard […] Read More

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the head at close range Jan. 8 at a constituency event in Tucson, Ariz., and is in critical condition. Federal Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, were killed. Four others were also killed. Fourteen other people […] Read More