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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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Purity Police Miss the Point

Shortsighted efforts by self-appointed conservative watchdogs are endangering faith-based social-justice programs.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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.

By Eleni Towns | Monday, June 17, 2013

Faith and the Fast-Food Strikes: An Interview with Rev. Liz Muñoz

Fast food strikesJack Jenkins talks with Rev. Liz Muñoz of Chicago, Illinois, about the fast-food strikes happening across the country and what faith groups and faith leaders are doing to help.

By Jack Jenkins | Friday, June 14, 2013

God Versus Godless—a False Choice

Ten CommandmentsExtreme views on religious belief—or lack of it—may make for lively theatrics, but they ignore the dynamic complexities of behavior and faith.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Marriage Equality Will Not End LGBT Discrimination

Gay and lesbian support rallyAs the Supreme Court decides who can say “I do,” finally passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is something that Congress must do.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mobilizing at the Margins: An Interview on Women, Leadership, and Faith

Sally Steenland talks with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, a Benedictine nun, speaker, and author.

By Sally Steenland | Friday, May 31, 2013

Sequestration Hurts All of Us, Not Just Our Most Vulnerable

Three months into sequestration, we take a look at how harmful the phased-in cuts have been.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

People of Faith Should Oppose Official Prayer at Public-School Graduation Ceremonies

Public high school graduationIn a pluralistic democracy, government should not be in the business of promoting religion.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Godsend to Reproductive Health Clinics

Groups offer compassionate, nonjudgmental counseling for women and their families dealing with abortion.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nothing Says Love Like Great Public Policy

Mother's DayWhile cards and flowers are fine Mother’s Day gifts, public policies that make life better for moms are the best way to honor all they do.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How Faith Fuels Progressivism

play_alt icon Video A new video from the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative shows how religious groups have played a critical role in many of our nation’s social-justice movements, and continue to fuel many of today’s forward-looking campaigns for justice, mercy, and equality.

By William DeBoer and Jack Jenkins | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

3 Facts About Religion and Violent Extremism

Islamic Society of BostonIn the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, it’s important to keep the facts straight about the complexities of terrorism.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun-violence preventionIn the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thou Shall Not Kill: Faith Groups and Gun-Violence Prevention

Gun-violence prevention article icon Issue Brief In this brief, we examine the efforts of faith-based groups to prevent deaths caused by firearms through their work as first-responders, advocates, and prophetic voices against the scourge of gun violence.

By Jack Jenkins, with Eleni Towns | Tuesday, April 23, 2013