Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pope Makes Plea for Religious Freedom
Kareem Fahim, New York Times

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday implored young Christians not to emigrate from Lebanon, saying they were “meant to be protagonists” as the country moved forward, and urging them to forge closer bonds with Muslim youth.

Where’s our ambassador for religious freedom?
Robert Joustra, Comment

What do our ambassadors do, and what are they for? Asked that way, the fast and furious closure of our increasingly marginal embassy in Tehran looks less shocking than the prolonged absence of an ambassador for religious freedom.

What’s Driving High Poverty Numbers?
Rachel Sheffield, The Foundry

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty numbers. It reports that 46.2 million Americans remain poor; the figure was unchanged from last year. The percentage of Americans who were poor remained at a near-record 15 percent.

The Constitution Still Matters
Wesley Gant, Values & Capitalism

The center stage of contemporary political debates seems dominated by questions of economics and entitlements, as though government’s role is to simply decide which levers to pull and how far. Were Americans better educated in the history and philosophy of the U.S. Constitution, we might be better equipped for this discussion.