Human Rights & Faith Insights

Prosecuting Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers

Prosecuting Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers

Prosecuting Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers And Facing Down Legal Threats to Black Lives Last Wednesday, a grand jury indicted the three Georgia men who harassed, chased down, and killed Ahmaud Arbery in broad daylight. Each of the defendants was indicted on nine counts, the...

 I Am My Brother’s Keeper: A Juneteenth Message

 I Am My Brother’s Keeper: A Juneteenth Message

The Brother of George Floyd Offers Historic Testimony before Global Human Rights Body On Wednesday, three weeks after the killing of George Floyd, his brother riveted the United Nations Human Rights Council with resounding testimony about the grief and anger the...

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus at Work

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus at Work

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus at Work: We Must Counter Racist Attacks on Asian Americans A crisis can bring out the best in people. Unfortunately, it can also bring out the worst. The novel coronavirus pandemic has done both. Americans first heard in December about...

In This Together

In This Together The Human Right to Health Care in the Time of COVID-19 Several weeks ago, World Health Organization officials finally named the global transmission of the novel corona virus with a powerful word previously avoided:...

Reclaiming Sacredness

Reclaiming Sacredness

A review of David P. Gushee, The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World’s Future (2013) When some Christians talk about the “sanctity of life” in the public square today, they almost exclusively use the term to protest abortion....

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...

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