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Few Echo Pope’s Environment Plea in Sunday Sermons
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times

[F]ew priests or bishops — other than in parts of Latin America — used their own pulpits on Sunday to pass on the pope’s message, according to parish visits, interviews with Catholic leaders and reports from Catholics after Mass.

When Mike Rowe says “Work Ethic,” do you hear “Lazy”?
Brian M. Carney, Acculturated

When Mike Rowe, creator of the show Dirty Jobs, issued his S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, it prompted an unusually fierce debate: Is a work ethic now a partisan issue? Writing in the Washington Post, Hunter Schwarz argues that it is, like it or not.

Water Market Best Hope to Ease California Drought
Steven Greenhut, Reason.com

As California’s drought enters its fourth year, policy makers here mostly argue over two alternatives – stepping up conservation and water-use enforcement or building new dams and other water-storage facilities. But the solution to the water crisis is more likely to be found on an application that can be downloaded onto our cellphones.

Supreme Court Says Texas Can Reject Confederate Flag License Plates
Adam Liptak, New York Times

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Texas did not violate the First Amendment when it refused to allow specialty license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag. Such plates, Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for the majority, are the government’s speech and are thus immune from First Amendment attacks.

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).

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