Two American Dreams and One Economic Reality

Everyone in the country has heard the line from President Obama’s speech in Roanoke, VA, on July 13: “You didn’t build that.”  Almost before it was out of his mouth, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh were expressing mock outrage at the President’s disrespect for small business owners who, obviously, created their businesses without any help from [Read More...]

“God’s Politics” Still Stands

In 2005, Reverend Jim Wallis published a book, “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get it.” In an attempt to give you a bare bones summary, Wallace writes about how the political Right has co-opted the Christian faith; they tout it as their own and promote candidates in such [Read More...]

What Can We Learn from the Grapes of Wrath?

 So the past couple of weeks I have been leisurely reading about a family struggling with sever drought and the woes of an economic depression… No, I am not reading the current edition of Mother Jones.  I am referring to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. I know for most people this title appeared on [Read More...]

Public Policy with a Dash of Empathy

Each person’s viewpoints are a product of their own experiences.  You see things through a lens that is shaded over time based on your family, your community, and the events of your life. I view the world through the eyes of a student, someone who was raised Catholic and attended public school. I read, write, [Read More...]

On Becoming ‘Almost’ Amish

In some of my spare time at work, I’ve been reading a book titled "Almost Amish."  Left behind by another intern, it sat on the corner of my desk for nearly two months before I finally picked it up.  In a little over a week I finished the book and I can say I’m happy [Read More...]

The Obamney Religion Problem, Part II

If the 2012 Republican primary campaign is remembered for one thing, it must be the near constant rise and fall of the “non-Romney.”   It began with the unlikeliest of challengers: Michele Bachmann. A staunchly conservative Tea Party congresswoman, Bachmann ascended to the summit of the Iowa Straw Poll before dropping like a rock out [Read More...]

The Obamney Religion Problem, Part I

I recently read an essay posted on, titled “Whatever happened to Romney’s ‘Evangelical Problem’?”. The first line of the article sums up perfectly the contention between Romney’s Mormonism and the conservative, Evangelical base of the Republican Party:  “For six years, reporters and commentators have told the American public that evangelicals don’t want to vote [Read More...]

Are You a Good Steward?

By Drew Robinson, Good Steward Campaign Field Director As a young Evangelical Christian there are many issues that my generation will have to face.  From our continuing struggles with poverty, to seeking world peace, to providing every American, and hopefully every citizen of the world, with a quality education and access to affordable healthcare – there [Read More...]

The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil

Originally posted in Sojourners’ Blog, “God’s Politics” Written by Aaron D. Taylor There’s a famous maxim that says, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Though Wikipedia says otherwise, the statement is often attributed to Edmund Burke. I doubt that Wikipedia will give me the credit for this [Read More...]

Proud and Faithful Democrats

This past weekend, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece by their resident conservative religion columnist, Ross Douthat. In the title Douthat asks, “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?”  He then proceeds to criticize liberal Christian denominations, Episcopalians in particular, for lacking a religious reason for their own existence.  Ouch. A Church lacking a religious reason for [Read More...]