The Most Important Line in Netanyahu’s Speech

Benjamin Netanyahu said a lot in his speech before Congress today--much of which was reminiscent of his call for America to go to war against Iraq over a decade ago.But this line stood out to me, not as much for what Netanyahu said but for how Republican Members of Congress responded:“At a time when many hope Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.”  [Applause]You read that right. Republicans in Congress clapped after that line. It's worth watching the line and Republican response, so here is a link.Netanyahu's speech was political theater … [Read More...]

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Poll: Climate Change is a Moral Issue

Climate change is a significant moral issue according to the recent survey conducted by Reuters/IPSOS, where nearly 3 out of every 4 persons surveyed said he or she is "personally morally obligated" to control carbon dioxide emissions. World leaders also should also be more morally obligated to take action to protect the planet, 66% of the respondents said.Reporter Bruce Wallace released the news last week, and interviewed American Values Network Executive Director Eric Sapp about the survey conducted in February where 2,300 respondents discussed their thoughts. "When climate change is … [Read More...]

Dems Ought to Lay Claim to Religious Liberty

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."This is the first amendment.It protects, among other things, Americans’ right to religious liberty; and it is one of the bedrocks of our nation.At its core, religious liberty is a liberal, democratic value. But as o … [Read More...]

CPAC Highlight: Obama is proclaimed anti-Christian

A panel discussion this past weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) offered a stark assessment of the state of religious freedom in the U.S., providing a rallying cry for conservatives as the race for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination begins.Entitled “Would the Pilgrims Still be Welcome Here?” the panel tackled topics ranging from the assault on religious values levied by teaching evolution in the classroom, to persecution as a “badge of honor” for American C … [Read More...]

Faith Leaders Unite to Spare a Life

As of Friday night at 8:00 p.m., 96 ordained clergy in the state of Georgia and surrounding regions have signed a petition, pleading to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to spare the life of Kelly Gissendaner— an inmate on death row, scheduled to be executed Monday, March 2nd, 2015. Gissendaner was denied clemency last Tuesday, and the response from many has been outrage and sadness.The petition was created by Atlanta-area clergy, seminarians, and professors—including many affiliated with Emory Un … [Read More...]

Prayer doesn’t answer with discrimination

Prayer is a powerful motivator. In heart and mind, one reaches out to God, a higher power, and asks for well wishes, grace, humility, peace and guidance. Prayer is powerful because once an answer is derived, it is believed to be true and a direct answer from an all-knowing spirit or being.But history is littered with stories about horrible deeds and decisions supposedly inspired by the Lord. Last week, the nation received its latest perplexing conservative-leaning hypocritical decision as … [Read More...]

Teaching faith and humility to Congress

I was having dinner about 18 months ago in D.C. with some friends when they asked me why I care so much about religion, faith and politics. I told them that when both sides stop talking, will not work together and would rather throw mud than praise, there are only two options to bridge the divide.Aside from a giant kegger on the National Mall, sharing of one’s faith, religion and values is the next best step. One of the few times both Democrats and Republicans occupy the same space v … [Read More...]

A Better Politics: Modeling Civility, Embracing Difference

Toward the end of President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address last week unexpected applause prompted the President to improvise. After declaring “I have no more campaigns to run,” much to the delight of some Members of Congress, the President grinned, and reminded the audience why: “I know, because I won both of them.” I smiled as my Facebook and Twitter feeds immediately erupted with praise for the President’s quick wit. The Huffington Post labeled it as the “best moment” of the speech. … [Read More...]

A New Year’s Hope: End the Death Penalty

On December 9 2014 despite objections from anti-death penalty activists, a last minute petition to the Supreme Court, and media outcry, the state of Georgia killed Robert Wayne Holsey. Convicted in 1997 for murdering sheriff’s deputy William Robinson, Holsey’s guilt was never in question. And yet, in the weeks and days leading up to his execution, bolstered by severely negligent representation in his first trial and questions regarding his intellectual capabilities, Mr. Holsey’s case garnered sig … [Read More...]