David Batstone

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Template:Infobox theologian David Batstone is an ethics professor at the University of San Francisco and is the founder and president of Not for Sale, an abolitionist organization.[1] He is also a journalist and the president and founder of Right Reality, an international business that engages in social ventures.[2] He is a leader in Central American Mission Partners, a human rights group. As a representative of this group, he met with Bono through Glide Memorial Church during A Conspiracy of Hope, a concert tour in support of Amnesty International.[3] When Mark Juergensmeyer was doing research for his book The New Cold War?: Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State, Batstone assisted him in finding primary sources with respect to the Nicaraguan Revolution's Christian supporters.[4]

Batstone wrote the book Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade - and How We Can Fight It, in which he wrote about human trafficking and how social inequality and poverty make it easy for traffickers to find girls to traffick.[5] Julie Clawson wrote positively of this book, writing that she appreciated Batstone's "audacity in telling story after story of modern-day slavery."[6] While still a student, Batstone studied under William R. Herzog, who taught Batstone about the parables of Jesus.[7] Batstone is an advocate of workplace spirituality, about which he wrote in his 2003 book Saving the Corporate Soul.[8] He is also a liberation theologian who considers postmodernity an era in which "we wallow in private affluence while squatting in public squalor."[9] At the 2012 Freedom and Honor Conference in Korea, a conference about slavery and human trafficking, Batstone was one of the two keynote speakers, the other being Tara Teng, who was Miss Canada at the time.[10]


  1. Ryan Dobson; Christian Buckley (2010). Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross. Moody Publishers. p. 95. ISBN 1575674912. 
  2. "First Hour: Human Trafficking". ABC Online. June 4, 2008. http://www.abc.net.au/sundaynights/stories/s2209280.htm. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  3. David Kootnikoff (2009). U2: A Musical Biography. ABC-CLIO. p. 57. ISBN 0313365237. 
  4. Mark Juergensmeyer (1994). The New Cold War?: Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State. University of California Press. p. x. ISBN 0520915011. 
  5. Barrie Levy (2008). Women and Violence: Seal Studies. Perseus Books Group. p. 50. ISBN 0786726725. 
  6. Julie Clawson (2009). Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices. InterVarsity Press. p. 66. ISBN 0830878521. 
  7. William R. Herzog (1994). Parables As Subversive Speech: Jesus As Pedagogue of the Oppressed. Westminster John Knox. p. ix. ISBN 0664253555. 
  8. Lake Lambert (2009). Spirituality, Inc: Religion in the American Workplace. New York University Press. p. 110. ISBN 0814752535. 
  9. Paul Rasor (2005). Faith Without Certainty: Liberal Theology In The 21st Century. Unitarian Universalist Association. pp. 61–62. ISBN 1558965998. 
  10. Dylan Goldby; Daniel Sanchez; Matthew Lamers (March 20, 2012). "'Girls Are Not For Sale'". Groove Korea. http://groovekorea.com/article/girls-are-not-sale. Retrieved April 13, 2013.