After the earthquake first shook Haiti, we reached out to Bellegarde-Smith again asking about the context he brings to the current tragedy and its future consequences. Share his insight here.
A must-watch performance. And, a rather heart-warming back story from the senior senator from Utah.
When prayer became a necessity for one government official.
Here’s a fascinating case of modern law meets 5000-year-old religious tradition. At the end of October, the British Supreme Court decided that — in the case of accepting applicants to a Jewish high school — observance, not ethnicity, should be used in determining admissions. From Sarah Lyall’s New York Times write-up on the ruling:
“In an explosive decision, the court concluded that basing school admissions on a classic test of Judaism — whether one’s mother is Jewish — was by definition discriminatory. Whether the rationale was ‘benign or malignant, theological or supremacist,’ the court wrote, ‘makes it no less and no more unlawful.’”
The Supreme Court candidate shares the impact of television on her life as a prosecutor to the U.S. Senate.
Two examples of individuals who confronted the status quo, and were ultimately vindicated.
A passage from Torture and Democracy with a view of Rejali's personal stake in this subject.
Some stunning photos capturing DuBois' night at the Fitzgerald Theater.
Video of Obama's speech and how it came up in our live event with Joshua Dubois.
Recorded video of the live stream of Krista and DuBois on stage at the Fitz — and a transcript of the online audience chat.
Obama's statement that "some are to blame, but all are responsible" sounds a bit familiar.
Laura Rozen reports that during a conference call George Mitchell, the newly appointed U.S. envoy to the Middle East, told Jewish community leaders:
Mitchell said that on the plane back from his recent trip to the Middle East, he had re-read his eight-year-old report on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and was struck by how much the situation had changed. Among the changes he noted, Mitchell said that eight years ago, no one talked about Iran. But this time, everyone mentioned it, both Israeli and Arab leaders.
A White House video about the Obama administration's faith-based initiatives, with commentary by DuBois.
The first entry I wrote for SOF Observed (which was never published as it was part of a blogging trial) was about the fallen Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard. More than two years ago, news had broken about his then-alleged homosexual entanglement and solicitation of crystal meth. The e-mails were making rounds among the SOF staff.
Not only were all of us shocked like so many others, we were also discussing the news coverage. If I recall, most of us thought it was surprisingly restrained. Many critics of Ted Haggard who might have reveled in his demise, didn’t. And those who might have demonized his accuser were beseeched to pray for him instead. Boy, just thinking back, the Evangelical Right still held quite a bit of political sway. The NAE — of which he was president at the time — was rocked to its core.
A retired butler at the White House misses the chance to tell his Helene about the first black man bound for the Oval Office.