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Jewish Aleppo, Lost Forever
Joseph Dana, Tablet

The Syrian diaspora in Israel watches its once-vibrant ancestral home fall to ruin in the country’s civil war.

Republicans Are Wrong on Call for Gold Standard
Bruce Bartlett, New York Times

If the goal is to reduce governmental influence in monetary affairs and reduce financial instability, a gold standard would move in the opposite direction on both counts.

Government’s purpose is to serve citizens, Cardinal Dolan says
Catholic News Agency

Those seeking public office should remember the primary goal of government is to serve its citizens, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said at the Republican National Convention.

5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men and Women
Daniel Darling

Yesterday America celebrated Labor Day, the holiday reserved as a tribute to American workers. This is a good time to discuss ways pastors and vocational ministry leaders can encourage working men and women in their congregations.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • Roger McKinney

    A gold standard would be great if the state would let it work as it should. But never in the history of the US, or the world for that matter, did any state ever allow the gold standard to regulate the money supply. The US has never been on a pure gold standard without the state or major banks manipulating credit to thwart the gold standard.

    What makes republicans think they could do better? They couldn’t.

    The gold standard never worked when we were supposedly on the gold standard because the state won’t let it work. The problem is not fiat money, but the state. And the state is a problem because the people worship it like they used to worship God.

  • StanChaz

    “To serve its citizens”? Interesting that you should put it that way Cardinal.
    Let’s face it: Cardinal Dolan is a Prince of the Church who wants to be King-maker.
    But as the good Cardinal parades under the spotlights of the political conventions,
    I’d like to humbly remind him that there is room for only ONE real super-star in his religion.
    And that is the one who started it.
    For as the Cardinal addressed and blessed the Republicans and their billionaire buddies,
    as he smiled upon those who would destroy Social Security & voucher Medicare to death,
    and as he struted on the stage with those who readily admit they “don’t care about the very poor”
    ……it would have been good for Cardinal Dolan to stop, to remember, and to take to heart the words of his boss, who once said “Whatsoever you do for the least of these – you do for me”.
    Unless perhaps, …just perhaps, the Cardinal is working for someone else these days? Just asking.
    Our Founding Fathers wisely realized that politics, secular power, and religion do not mix.
    That they bring out the worst in each other , and that ultimately they would destroy each other, and us.
    A pastor should stick to his pulpit, not political conventions. Period.