Archive: Barack Obama
Pumping our fists in victory or celebrating in the streets is probably not the best Christian response to anyone's death, even the death of a dangerous and violent enemy. The world can be relieved that a leader as evil as bin Laden can no longer plot the death of innocents. We can be grateful that his cynical manipulation and distortion of Islam into a message of division and hate is finally ended. Even if we sharply dissented from the moral logic or wisdom of the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of the last decade, we can be glad that a mass murderer has been stopped and brought to justice. And we can be hopeful that the face of the Arab world might now become the young non-violent activists for democracy rather than a self-righteous smirk of a self-promoting video character who tells us he is going to kill our children if we don't submit to his hateful agenda.
By Jim Wallis | May 3, 2011; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)
Whatever the president decides to do about his visit to Amristar, let's get back to work on things that matter.
By Jonathan Merritt | November 8, 2010; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)
Inauguration Day was highlighted for our family by a visit from Dr. Vincent Harding, the eminent African-American historian, and a member of Martin Luther King Jr's inner circle during the Southern freedom movement. Despite health concerns and the dangerous weather, "Uncle Vincent," as my two young boys call him, traveled across the country to witness this moment of a history in which he had been so deeply involved. As we stood on the mall clutching our inauguration tickets in our mittens, Harding said, "It was a movement that started all this."
By Jim Wallis | November 8, 2010; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)
While we're on the subject of politics and prayer, allow me to state the obvious: It works both ways. Prayer hasn't always been the province of the political oppressor. It hasn't always been used to protect the interests of the wealthier-than-thou.
By Clark Strand | October 4, 2010; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (1)
To that I would add that the President demonstrated an appreciation for the Jewish approach to the advent of a new year as a time for renewal and reflection. He even commented on how much he likes hearing the sound of the shofar from the synagogue he lived across the street from in Chicago.
By Nathan Diament | September 8, 2010; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (1)