Slamming the Door on the Syrian Stranger

(Reposted with permission from author) “The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.” George W. Bush I understand [Read More…]

The GOP’s Syrian Overreactions and Isolationism post-Paris

Paris is arguably the most romantic city on the planet. With its impressionist art, royal architecture, relaxed daily life and world-class cuisine, the City of Light seduces you with its charm and beauty. I would know because I was just there 11 days ago. My wife and I were hired to document a wedding this month, while [Read More…]

White House guests Deepen, not Divide, Pope Francis’ Welcome

You better watch out, you better not cry—you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Pope Francis is coming to town. For Catholics across the U.S., Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to this great nation is spiritually meaningful and historically significant. The Pope’s agenda in D.C. is packed: a papal parade at 11 a.m., noon prayers [Read More…]

Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Deal with Iran

Last week President Barack Obama delivered what could become the most significant foreign policy victory of his Presidency: a nuclear peace deal with Iran. Speaking of the historic peace deal, President Obama remarked,  “[A]fter two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not [Read More…]

Charleston’s ‘hard truths’

After nearly four days of coverage, reaction and rebuttal about the why behind the Charleston Church shooting, I’m sure I, like many of you, remain devastated, saddened and heartbroken. Processing my own feelings, however, I also found a part of myself tempted to ignore the news, look at my Facebook feed less, and resume normal [Read More…]

An Endless Lenten Journey: Undocumented Immigrants

Millions of people around the world will walk together during Holy week, remembering the ancient story of death and resurrection, and gathering to celebrate Jesus Christ as “the Life.” But the Lenten wandering characterized by pain and suffering will not end for millions of immigrants without legal status in this country. Recently, conservative leaders have vocally [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 [Read More…]

Viral Video Nears One Million Views as Faith Community Urges Senators to Back Arms Treaty

When people come together around a common cause, it gets noticed. Last Friday, the American Values Network (AVN), an organization seeking to encourage community and family values in America, launched a video of two children explaining why U.S. Senators should support the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In under a week, the video has already [Read More…]

Kids Ask Senators Not to Join the Bad Guys Team – The Story of the Arms Trade Treaty

When the option is for U.S. Senators to keep company with pastors, military leaders, and humanitarians or Iran, Syria, and North Korea, the choice should be a no brainer. [Read more…]


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