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Stand Against Hate Crimes

Stand Against Hate Crimes

Support the Jabara-Heyer “No Hate” Act to Increase Accountability Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American whose family had fled Lebanon’s civil war and religious persecution, was shot and killed on his front porch in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 12, 2016. The shooter, who...

Human Rights Day 2019:  A Litany of Wrongs & an Advent Invitation

Human Rights Day 2019: A Litany of Wrongs & an Advent Invitation

Many of us are besieged right now with calls to embrace the joy of the season—to plan parties, buy gifts, don our most festive faces. The promise of time with family and friends sparks joy, indeed, as does the anticipation of Christmas, even as holiday expectations...

Housing Not Handcuffs: Pushing Back Against Punishment of the Homeless

Housing Not Handcuffs: Pushing Back Against Punishment of the Homeless

On the San Francisco Bay Area public transit system last spring, I saw a heavily armed police officer rouse a man who was sleeping peacefully on the seat in front of me, his humble load of well-worn belongings beside him. The officer forced him to get off at the next...

Transcending Boundaries & Building Bridges

Transcending Boundaries & Building Bridges

A Review of John S. Nurser, For All Peoples and All Nations: The Ecumenical Church and Human Rights In For All Peoples and All Nations: The Ecumenical Church and Human Rights, John S. Nurser shows through historical study that faithful Christian engagement with global...

From Tragedy to Triumph: Courageous Survivors & the Quest for Justice

From Tragedy to Triumph: Courageous Survivors & the Quest for Justice

Last week I saw a remarkable documentary film, “A Thousand Girls Like Me,” about one brave Afghan woman’s astounding quest for justice after years of sexual violence. Khatera, 23 and pregnant, seeks help from no less than 13 religious leaders. Most tell her to pray...

Faith and Human Rights

Faith and Human Rights

A Review of Amesbury & Newlands, Faith and Human Rights: Christianity and the Global Struggle for Human Dignity (2008) Is religion an ally to human rights, or an adversary? How can Christians navigate the apparent tension between the universal scope of human...

Human Rights Day 2018: Watching, Waiting, Working for Justice

Human Rights Day 2018: Watching, Waiting, Working for Justice

In recent weeks, U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was found to be responsible for the grisly extrajudicial killing of American resident and international journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Intelligence confirming that this happened at the behest of Saudi’s Crown Prince has...

Virtuosos of Hypocrisy at the United Nations

Virtuosos of Hypocrisy at the United Nations

Much has transpired in the realm of foreign affairs since the recent announcement that the United States would withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. But as our traditional alliances are being strained and our President pursues closer ties with Russia,...

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