Public Life Archives
Hating Government but Loving Its Programs
The conservatives who engineered the government shutdown are complaining about the new lack of programs and services.
Have They No Shame?
Republicans who slash essential programs for those in need are modern-day Pharaohs.
There’s More than One Way to Start a Revolution
Pope Francis’ spiritual humility, intellectual curiosity, and emotional honesty can be a driving force for positive change in the Catholic Church.
What We’ve Learned Since 9/11
In order to make our world safer, we need to focus on factual evidence and real threats rather than target entire communities because of their ethnicity or religion.
57,000 Reasons to Restore Early Learning
57,000 children won’t be attending Head Start this month because of sequester cuts.
Where’s the Debate on Immigration Reform?
An overwhelming number of business, labor, faith, and civic groups, as well as a strong majority of the American public, a supermajority in the Senate, and a bipartisan majority in the House, all support immigration reform.
Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension
Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.
Of Strawberries and Stereotypes
While the work of charities is key to helping the poor, government programs can be key in supporting human dignity.
Merging the Blues with the Gospel: Rev. Otis Moss III on Trayvon Martin and Building a More United America
Sally Steenland interviews Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and a leading progressive Christian activist and cultural critic.
What’s Race Got to Do With It?
After the Zimmerman verdict, it is more obvious than ever that we can no longer ignore the persistence of racial injustice in the United States.
5 Reasons People of Faith Should Care About Student-Loan Debt
As Congress debates whether or not to double student-loan interest rates, people of faith can help make the moral case for a fair student-loan system.
Pulling up Racial Injustice by the Roots
Institutional racism might be harder to detect than individual bigotry, but its impact is more widespread and lasting.
Purity Police Miss the Point
Shortsighted efforts by self-appointed conservative watchdogs are endangering faith-based social-justice programs.
6 Ways Faith Communities Have Helped Prevent Gun Violence Since Newtown
Faith communities are playing an integral role in making communities safer through state gun-violence prevention laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting.